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Worst Person Ever Characters à PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free µ A razor sharp portrait of a morally bankrupt and gleefully wicked modern man Worst Person Ever is Douglas Coupland's gloriously filthy side splittingly funny and unforgettable novelMeet Raymond Gunt A decent chap who tries to do the righEality show Along the way Gunt suffers multiple comas and unjust imprisonment is forced to re enact the ‘Angry Dance’ from the movie Billy Elliot and finds himself at the centre of a nuclear war We also meet Raymond's upwardly failing sidekick Neal as well as Raymond's ex wife Fiona herself ‘an atomic bomb of pain’Even though he really puts the ‘anti’ in anti hero you may find Raymond Gunt an oddly likeable characte. UghMaybe not the Worst Book Everbut I'd have to say that no aspect of my life was improved by having read it I powered through the first half of this book and I guess it did offer some mild form of entertainment value at first but eventually I just got tired of eye roll inducing phrases like it probably tastes like a pocket calculator garnished with dried herpes juice flakes or do you have to be such a ripping cumfart about my situation It's not that I find myself offended by phrases like these in any way but I am just missing the link of how using this kind of vocabulary euates to someone being the worst person ever There are probably factors a lot worse than anything you'll read in this book that make someone a truly awful person As far as plot lines go I liked where it was originally headed but it just took forever to get there And when you did get there it was still disappointing And then the ending happens and you're like wait whaaaaaaa I wasn't sure if the last 30 pages were trying to instil some sort of humanity to the main character because it just didn't really seem to fit in with anything I read in an earlier review you never really get a sense of any character by the end of the book and I think that was spot onI've read a lot of Coupland's earlier work and truly enjoyed it I just found the level of try hardedness increasing from chapter to chapter I don't want this to be interpreted as me hating the main character or thinking the events in the book were so horrible that therefore he did such a great job writing it I mean he wrote about some gruesome topics incest pedophilia beastiality but since the character never really acts on any of them it was like Coupland brought them into the book to make the character seem risué and expected the reader to be blown away by his use of cleverly offensive wording I didn't realize how much I really didn't like this book before writing this

Worst Person EverEality show Along the way Gunt suffers multiple comas and unjust imprisonment is forced to re enact the ‘Angry Dance’ from the movie Billy Elliot and finds himself at the centre of a nuclear war We also meet Raymond's upwardly failing sidekick Neal as well as Raymond's ex wife Fiona herself ‘an atomic bomb of pain’Even though he really puts the ‘anti’ in anti hero you may find Raymond Gunt an oddly likeable characte. UghMaybe not the Worst Book Everbut I'd have to say that no aspect of my life was improved by having read it I powered through the first half of this book and I guess it did offer some mild form of entertainment value at first but eventually I just got tired of eye roll inducing phrases like it probably tastes like a pocket calculator garnished with dried herpes juice flakes or do you have to be such a ripping cumfart about my situation It's not that I find myself offended by phrases like these in any way but I am just missing the link of how using this kind of vocabulary euates to someone being the worst person ever There are probably factors a lot worse than anything you'll read in this book that make someone a truly awful person As far as plot lines go I liked where it was originally headed but it just took forever to get there And when you did get there it was still disappointing And then the ending happens and you're like wait whaaaaaaa I wasn't sure if the last 30 pages were trying to instil some sort of humanity to the main character because it just didn't really seem to fit in with anything I read in an earlier review you never really get a sense of any character by the end of the book and I think that was spot onI've read a lot of Coupland's earlier work and truly enjoyed it I just found the level of try hardedness increasing from chapter to chapter I don't want this to be interpreted as me hating the main character or thinking the events in the book were so horrible that therefore he did such a great job writing it I mean he wrote about some gruesome topics incest pedophilia beastiality but since the character never really acts on any of them it was like Coupland brought them into the book to make the character seem risué and expected the reader to be blown away by his use of cleverly offensive wording I didn't realize how much I really didn't like this book before writing this

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Worst Person Ever Å Im Worst Person Ever is a deeply unworthy book about a dreadful human being with absolutely no redeeming social value Gunt in the words of the author is a living walking talking hot steaming pile of pure id He's a B unit cameraman who enters an amusing downward failure spiral that takes him from London to Los Angeles and then on to an obscure island in the Pacific where a major American TV network is shooting a Survivor style r. This book is a work of artI say this knowing that Douglas Coupland is as much an artist as he is a writer It shows in his novels His works very deliberately play with the same themes and variations across the decades Having read and enjoyed the majority of his novels it’s hard not to see all the recurring character types set pieces and plot elements Microserfs and JPod riff on the cognitive dissonance of the software industry while Generation A Girlfriend in a Coma and Player One toss unlikely groups of people together to ride out visions of apocalypse Now with Worst Person Ever Coupland takes aim at this familiar territory setting out once again to shock and aweThat’s what I mean when I call Worst Person Ever a work of art it is an offensive and perhaps shocking book but deliberately so As the title and cover copy promise Raymond Gunt is a terrible person And the profanity It’s not just your everyday run of the mill profanity of F bombs and the like; no Coupland delivers crude imagery on the order of “the universe delivered unto me a searing hot kebab of vasectomy leftovers drizzled in donkey jizz” That’s from the second page by the way He’s up front about what this book is like Thanks a lot CouplandSo for me reading Worst Person Ever was like staring at those types of photos or paintings that you know are trying to provoke you I spent six years working at an art gallery—which provides me with exactly nothing in the way of ualification or expertise to discuss art But I saw a good many exhibitions come and go along the way and while visual art does not push my buttons the way literature does I have some sense of how and why artists use visual media to provoke the audience For these artists art must go beyond the aesthetic must be about than form and function and beauty Art can offend to educate and to inculcate a desire to uestion and learnSome people just won’t get it They’ll look at the donkey jizz kebab of page two and really page two only goes downhill from there—the words “leathery cumdump” also make an appearance and if that doesn’t make them hit the eject button then the coke tinged profanity laced conversation between Raymond and his ex wife Fiona that comprises the remainder of the chapter would definitely set them running These are the people who see offensive art only for its offensive ualities and don’t stop to uestion why it’s trying to be offensive Worst Person Ever is not for themThe journey of Raymond Gunt is an incredibly unlikely even nonsensical one It involves twists of fate and reversals that would please the playwrights of the sixteenth century and the sudden introduction or redaction of characters at a speed that would make soap opera writers’ heads spin Raymond makes it to ground zero of an atomic bomb detonation which very nearly touches off another one of Coupland’s apocalypses When he makes it back to civilization—an island in Kiribati where they are filming a reality TV show—he finds himself stuck in a drama that should be a reality TV showThe situations in which Coupland’s characters find themselves are almost always implausible no matter the novel His writing is always on the precipice of the surreal It’s in this liminal space that Coupland excels at mirroring and critiuing contemporary culture Replete with pop culture references his novels are always steeped in the presentThis is problematic from a posterity point of view Topical novels always run the risk of burning brightly in their era before fading swiftly I’m not sure we should be so uick to judge however simply because there are plenty of now classic books that were probably considered or still are considered topical for their times and that have their own albeit subtle types of pop culture reference Reading a book from a previous era will always be in some ways an exercise in cultural anthropology In this sense I don’t think Coupland is much worse off than another writer Worst Person Ever also ameliorates the situation through periodic asides that explain in the form of asides that mimic the most sardonic of Wikipedia articles These certainly helped me since some of the references date to before I was bornCoupland seems interested in probing the transition zone between fake and genuine in our culture What makes people “fake” to one another rather than genuine Are we ever really genuine or do we always put on some kind of act to get what we want whether it’s sex a job or simply a piece of red plasticRaymond is particularly critical of the disposable and processed artifacts of our culture With faux British snobbery he and Neal pan the preservative laden food they find in American airports They don’t actually eat a healthy meal for most of the novel subsisting mainly on packages of macadamia nuts to which Raymond is violently allergic Similarly Raymond laments the seemingly arbitrary rules imposed by travel and federal authorities with regards to alcohol consumption—rules that never seem to bother or inconvenience others just himNeal on the other hand never seems inconvenienced by anything Plucked from a life on the streets by Raymond to be his personal assistant read slave Neal soon proves to be irresistible to women and far successful than Raymond Unlike our cameraman protagonist Neal is unassuming and euanimous He takes life as it comes and it seems that “going with the flow” leaves him happier and better adjusted than Raymond who is like a cat—unwilling to do anything that someone else wants it to do even if it would like that thingWitnessing the story unfold is rather like watching a cartoon through a series of increasingly funky funhouse mirrors It starts off innocently enough with Raymond landing the job on the reality TV show Before the halfway point whether he and Neal will ever get to Kiribati starts looking like a dubious propositionYou would think that with his penchant for poking at pop culture Coupland would ride the reality TV trope hard He only indulges once or twice though There’s a memorable scene where Fiona and Neal choose replacement cast members for the show based on their attractiveness and ability to fulfil stereotypical roles; and there’s a parody of the sadistic ualities of these shows in the form of a contest to eat plates of live wriggling insects For the most part however Coupland avoids the low hanging fruit of satirizing reality television in favour of satirizing reality itself which is let’s face it disappointingly unrealistic most of the timeAlthough I laughed out loud at a few points throughout the book I wouldn’t say that Worst Person Ever is hilarious in the same vein that I found JPod Then again neither is most of Coupland’s work There’s a solemnity to some of his absurdism that reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut than Douglas Adams These authors too wrote books that I would consider deliberately offensive albeit not uite to the crude extent that Coupland presents here Then again they weren’t living in the time of the MTV Video Music Awards of Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus It’s not necessarily harder to be offensive these days but the signal to noise ratio is much lowerThis isn’t the meditative masterpiece that I consider Player One which I’m teaching to my sixth form students this year to be It isn’t as emotionally touching as Eleanor Rigby or Girlfriend in a Coma It is however characteristically Coupland You can like it or you can hate it it is as Coupland comments on reality TV itself binary; it is not fair to say however that it’s just “ of the same” Coupland is an author who manages to play with the same ideas over and over yet always reinvent himself along the way Worst Person Ever is the latest iteration brave and bold and in your face and not necessarily to everyone’s liking So kudos to him for not playing it safe and for giving me an entertaining weekend read Review ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Douglas Coupland

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Douglas Coupland ´ 2 Characters A razor sharp portrait of a morally bankrupt and gleefully wicked modern man Worst Person Ever is Douglas Coupland's gloriously filthy side splittingly funny and unforgettable novelMeet Raymond Gunt A decent chap who tries to do the right thing Or to put it another way the worst person ever a foul mouthed misanthropic cameraman trailing creditors ex wives and unhappy homeless people in his wake Men dislike him women flee from h. The new novel from Douglas Coupland is not as some lazy reviewers who think they're being original and witty would have you believe the Worst Book Ever Oh how they must have patted themselves on the back and given self hi fives when they came up with that one It is actually a brilliantly funny assault on contemporary western civilisation through the eyes of someone who just might be one of the biggest bastards in modern fictionOffensive man acts offensively his karma appears to be in the toilet he's unnaturally angry and so very completely correct about the things he verbally assaults The challenge in reading about an awful person is usually to read beyond the brash exterior the despicable actions etc and find entertainment in the prose something that a large number of sensitive souls struggle with But with Worst Person Ever Coupland takes things a step further he is not only entertaining you with his skilful choice of words whilst making astute and witty observations he forces you to acknowledge that you are Raymond Gunt you may not scream these obscene statements out loud but I know you've all thought them at the very least I feel certain that your realisation of this fact will heavily contribute to you calling it the worst novel ever not many sensitive souls out there want to face up to their inner self after allCoupland doesn't hide anything from his readers he shows you exactly how offensive things are going to be from page one “the universe delivered unto me a searing hot kebab of vasectomy leftovers drizzled in donkey jizz” is followed by referring to his ex wife as a leathery cumdump and if you're too stupid to check out at this point you're setting yourself up for 300 pages of hurt complete with my favourite rant of the lot“I seriously wish that he had spent his entire childhood being serially arse raped by teachers scoutmasters members of the clergy relatives policemen doctors door to door salesmen and all registered sex offenders within a 500 mile radius of his unprotected bedroom”Raymond Gunt is your modern everyman as far as I'm concerned and Douglas Coupland nails him perfectly