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    9780345813749 Paperback / softback, Trade, , $19.95 CAD 9780345813756 Electronic book text, Reflowable, , EPUB
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    Distributor: Penguin Random House Availability: Remaindered On Sale Date: Oct 08, 2013 Carton Quantity: 12
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Worst. Person. Ever.
By (author): Douglas Coupland
9780345813732 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Humorous / General Oct 08, 2013
$30.00 CAD
Remaindered 5.5 x 8.2 x 1.1 in 336 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Random House Canada
Douglas Coupland's gloriously filthy, side-splittingly funny and unforgettable new novel, his first full-length work of fiction in four years.

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, Gunt 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.

DOUGLAS COUPLAND was born on a NATO base in Germany in 1961. He is the author of the international bestsellers Generation A and JPod, and nine other novels including The Gum Thief, Hey Nostradamus!, All Families Are Psychotic and Generation X, along with non-fiction works including a recent short biography of Marshall McLuhan. His work has been translated into 35 languages and published in most countries around the world. He is also a visual artist, a furniture and fashion designer, and a screenwriter. He lives and works in Vancouver.

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“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 demented—and so frequently, 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 and 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

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