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Worst. Person. Ever.

by (author) Douglas Coupland

Random House of Canada
Initial publish date
May 2014
Humorous, Literary, 21st Century
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2014
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Douglas Coupland's Worst. Person. Ever. is a gloriously filthy, side-splittingly funny and unforgettable novel.

Worst. Person. Ever. is a deeply unworthy book about a dreadful human being with absolutely no redeeming social value. Raymond 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 reality show. Along the way, Raymond suffers multiple comas and unjust imprisonment, is forced to reenact 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 character. But you will want to wash his mouth out with soap.

About the author


Douglas Coupland was born on a Canadian NATO base in Germany and raised in Vancouver, where he still resides. Among his best-selling novels are Generation X, Shampoo Planet, Polaroids From The Dead, Microserfs, Miss Wyoming, Hey Nostradamus! and Eleanor Rigby, altogether in print in some 40 countries. Coupland also exhibits his sculpture in galleries around the world, indulging in design experiments that include everything from launching collections of furniture to futurological consulting for Stephen Spielberg.


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Editorial Reviews

“A satirical, misanthropic romp through reality television, environmental disaster and apocalyptic possibilities. Once again, Coupland . . . has asserted himself as a documenter of our times and anticipator of societal threats. . . . The plugged-in consumer-culture philosopher has created a brand of his own, becoming—and, over the long haul, remaining—a thinky superstar for a distracted era. More than 20 years after he became a pop-culture darling with Generation X, Coupland is still innovating—not simply cranking out words and sculptures, but making a significant contribution with astute observations. . . . As the country’s go-to guy for art, design and contemporary social commentary, could Coupland be Canada’s Biggest. (Cultural). Brain. Ever?” —Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail
Worst. ­Person. Ever. . . . is an outrageous comic riot, delivered as a tear-inducingly funny and pitch-black farce. . . . In its picaresque extravagance, the novel resembles a globetrotting, 21st-century version of Voltaire’s Candide. . . . Coupland’s eye for the strange, mesmerising wonder of modernity is being put, more than ever, to extremely dark use here. The fact that it is all so . . . belly-achingly hilarious . . . only makes that darkness all the more impressive.” —Robert Collins, The Sunday Times
“There are Douglas Coupland novels that feel like a quiet, foggy, West Coast morning spent over a cup of tea. Others are a Zipper ride at a nighttime carnival with a belly full of fryer foods. Worst. Person. Ever. is the latter: flashy, loud, a bit unsettling, and screamingly fun. It gleefully pushes past absurdity into farce. . . . What follows is a series of mishaps so ridiculous, so over-the-top, the reader simply needs to let go and enjoy the ride.” —Quill & Quire
“The novel is a scatological bun-fight of excess and debauchery, of juvenile humour peppered with bilious rage at the state of the world. . . . It’s riotous, frequently very funny. . . . I can’t locate very much seriousness, but I certainly enjoyed trying.” —Martin Fletcher, The Independent

User Reviews

Rockets along from one misadventure to another

Raymond Gunt, a British cameraman hired to film an American Survivor-style reality TV show in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, is a boorish horndog adept at offending and alienating everyone around him. Worst. Person. Ever. is as outrageous as it is hilarious.

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