Thursday, 9 January 2014

Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland

So let me get this out of the way. This book will offend some people, so if you think this could be you then read the title again: Worst. Person. Ever. And proceed at your own risk.

Worst. Person. Ever. is the story of Raymond Gunt, a down on his luck cameraman who is offered a B-cameraman role filming a ‘Survivor’ type programme on a desert island. Unfortunately the offer was made by his ex-wife who seems to have as many issues as he does. Raymond’s bad luck and poor decisions continue to cause chaos and conflict in an increasing downward spiral of events.

Douglas Coupland is known for his stark view of the modern world. In this book he rather savagely mocks our obsession with ‘Survivor’ type TV programmes but also includes things that we should be concerned about like the Pacific Trash Vortex. (Wiki it.) You also have to like someone who mentions New Zealand in all of his books.

Coupland also likes to explain certain statements in a Wikipedia type footnote - like when he uses the term spork, he explains the origin of the spork or, as it is sometimes called, the foon. His explanations are a little more light-hearted than Wikipedia though.

Worst. Person. Ever. Is a bit like an awful You-Tube clip - you know how it will end but you still have to watch. As it says on the cover Gunt really puts the anti in to anti-hero!

Posted by R Meyers

Catalogue Link: Worst. Person. Ever.

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