Worst. Person. Ever

Coupland, Douglas

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Worst. Person. Ever
"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.

Publisher: New York :, Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
Edition: First Blue Rider Press Edition.
ISBN: 0399168435
Characteristics: 301 pages ;,22 cm


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Oct 10, 2014

Couldn't get passed the first 20 pages....shocked by the homophobia and relentless profanity.

May 29, 2014
  • diesellibrarian rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Never has a book angered me so. I put it down a couple of times, but then picked it up again, because I'm a big fan of Mr. Coupland's work, and I needed to trust that wherever he was taking me would be worthwhile in the end. So I feel that I put up with a lot: shallow, unlikeable characters, plot manipulation so improbable it that borders on the absurd, recycled gags, a surfeit of scatological humour, etc. It reads like a story cobbled together from the more distasteful bits wisely edited out of his previous works. A gratuitous plot twist at the very end of the book caused me to slam the book shut in anger. Never will I go back to finish the last three pages of the book. Never, I say!

May 28, 2014
  • Evilida rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not really a novel. More a long shaggy dog story.

May 15, 2014
  • ErinCAL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another great read from coupland

Apr 25, 2014
  • bradig rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I have to agree with most of these comments. This is the "trashy magazine" in the bookshelf of literature Coupland has given us.

But it's HIS trashy content. It reads like Coupland, and that's a very good thing. No one rips on the strange and sordid bits of modern life better than he does. I hope it's a gateway for people to his other novels. They're ALL very entertaining in their own way. If you liked this character, you can't go wrong checking out Mil Millington's books, too...I saw a striking similarity. This is the perfect read for a vacation or the daily commute on ETS -- small digestible bits and a plot that bounces along one hiccup after another. The format is a clever poke at the modern attention span that led to shows like Survivor in the first place. You love to hate the main character in the same way show producers make you hate their villains, too. So, in that sense, kudos to Coupland yet again -- a mental "light snack" that highlights the light snack appetite he fears we're developing.

Mar 25, 2014
  • sometimesy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

After reading this, I still find Coupland to be one of my favourite authors! What an amusing read.

Jan 17, 2014

Never have I ever enjoyed a book where I hated the main character SO much. He really was the Worst. Person. Ever. It was a fun book because Coupland was able to poke fun at some of the more ridiculous of human traits through the eyes of someone who hates everything but himself.

Jan 11, 2014
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Relentlessly profane and absurd, the humour on display reminded me a lot of "A Year in the Merde", complete with dodgy English protagonist. It was brief and amusing, though I'm not sure it'll satisfy fans of the author's more serious work, hence the "OK" rating.

Dec 11, 2013
  • books rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coupland is one of my favorites. So what if this isn't his best. It's still way better than most fiction. His insights and observations are scathing and hilarious.

Nov 21, 2013
  • quagga rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A satirical novel entirely in dialogue that rockets along from one misadventure to another. You'll either love it or hate it. I loved it.


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