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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann; First Edition edition (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434019909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434019908
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.1 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An outrageous comic riot, delivered as a tear-inducing funny and pitch-black farce ... For every laugh here, there’s a haunting, echoing scream in the distance. The plot is unbridled romp ... It is hard to describe, out of context, quite how funny Coupland’s novel can be." (Sunday Times)

"Worst. Person. Ever. is very much a return to form. It had me laughing out loud on the bus to work." (Irish Times, Books of the Year)

"There are gloriously unquotable remarks and fantastically lurid images on every page. Gunt’s mind is a super-sewer in which it is a pleasure to swim. You can’t help giggling, constantly. Worst. Person. Ever. may be a raging bonfire of inanities but it contains some of Coupland’s finest writing since Shampoo Planet." (Evening Standard)

"There are some clever plot twists and fine comedy set pieces." (Scotland on Sunday)

"A comic riot of a novel." (Sunday Times - Must Reads)

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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 new novel.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Farhan Haq on 23 Jun. 2014
Format: Hardcover
There was a time when I would be eagerly awaiting the release of a Coupland novel, so strong where his fist books. Of the first 11 novels ( up to The Gum Thief) I absolutely loved 8, 1 was good and 2 okay, a pretty impressive record by any writers standard. What has happened? Maybe too much attention paid to other non novel projects has drained the creative juice but Generation A was a serious let down that appeared rushed and came across almost like a parody of his own work and now his latest, Worst. Person. Ever. is an even bigger let down!

It's such a shame because throughout I can see that this could and should have been brilliant. Familiar themes appear, the banality of modern life, a lack of spiritualism, greed and consumerism all subjects of major concern for society. Through the main character, a vile, foul mouthed creature with hardly any saving grace, some genuinely funny scenarios occur although there are not enough of them and I would have thought reality shows would have been an easy target for Coupland to vent away. It is a lost opportunity and by anyone's standards this book is just not worth the effort. |This book is so lacking that it has been the strongest blow to date in tarnishing his track record, I would have preferred that it had not been written. The majority of his work has been so good that I'm sure I will not be able to resist investigating further releases, however the last couple of novels have been simply poor and my appetite for his work has been severely diminished. After all, how many chances can we give you Douglas?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By breatheasier on 14 Aug. 2014
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I have been a Douglas Coupland fan since my teens and some of his books are so beautifully written. Lately they have lost a lot of his style but this is unbelievably bad. I had to double check that it was actually by him and was very very tempted to just quit reading it. It's as if he decided he should do a bad impersonation of an Irvine Welsh character. Rude, offensive and just plain stupid. It's as if he got pissed off with his publishers and decided to throw a bunch of bizarre and stupid events onto the page. I'm afraid this will be the last Coupland book I'll ever buy. Sad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lottie on 2 Nov. 2013
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I love Douglas Coupland's older books but have been sorely disappointed by his recent publications.
This is closer to the humour and observation of his older books with plenty of ridiculous, but it still feels like he's fallen out of love with the world.
The language was so strong that I almost gave up about a chapter in, but after reading another (miserable) book, came back and finished.
Not great, not terrible. Which is better than the last few books (and no re-use of Jeopardy! categories!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ancient Mariner on 22 Feb. 2015
Format: Paperback
English writers really have pretty much cornered the market on writing funny books about outrageously bad Englishmen. You can't swing a dead cat anywhere in the literary world - India, Africa, Hollywood or the groves of academe - without striking an appalling, obnoxious, profane, heavy-drinking, lecherous Englishman behaving badly. I blame Kingsley Amis. His One Fat Englishman (New York Review Books Classics), a philandering, drunken, bigoted, caustic fraud named Roger Micheldene, set the bar for every bad Englishman to follow. (Interesting. Amis's book came out in 1963, after his four very successful books featuring heroes who satirically skewered cultural hypocrisy. "One Fat Englishman" was dismissed by critics as a baffling disappointment. Sounds familiar.)

And this book is yet another entrant in the bad Englishman sweepstakes, and follows the Amis formula so closely that it almost seems unlikely to be a coincidence. (Coupland counts as an English novelist because he is actually based in Vancouver, and that just means the sun never sets on the empire of English novelists.) Here, for variety, we have moved the Bad Englishman around the world so he can misbehave in an exotic locale. Drink, women, gambling, profligacy, vulgarity and all of the other sins to which flesh is heir remain on full display

Critics have faulted this book for not having a point, (or a plot, or a single appealing character). I think funny, deadpan excess, recounted through an exhausted alcoholic haze, more or less is the point. Behaving badly and maintaining a running profane, mean, arrogant, and riotously lurid commentary is the point.

To be fair, I agree with all of the reviewers, from five star ravers to disappointed head shakers.
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By Peeking Man on 20 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Sometime in the near foreseeable future, TV camera Raymond - the Worst Person Ever - is sent by his ex-wife from London to Kiribati via LAX to join the crew of a Survivor like TV show. Various obstacles, including but not limited to, nuclear war impede his progress.

Cameraman Raymond needs to a job so appeals to his impish and vicious ex-wfie, Fiona, who sends him to Kiribati to film `Survival'. The contract allows him to take an assistant with him and he chooses Neal, a homeless man he encounters just after his meeting with Fiona. When he scrubbed up, Neal is not only an Olympian sex god, but a sage and philosopher, loved and shagged by all he surveys. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong for Ray while everything goes right for Neal. Ray is constantly clapped in irons (zap-strap handcuffs) by members of cabin staff, customs officers, homeland security and anyone else who has a pair. Following his limited success in reproducing the angry dance form Billy Eliot for homeland security forces on Wake Island, he and Neal are allowed to help kick off the nuclear war, ostensibly an attempt to clear the Pacific Trash Vortex. When they get to Kiribati, the whole cast of Survival has been killed in a plane crash and Fiona and her minions are in situ. Quirks of fate and linguistics mean that the Islanders hold Ray more or less responsible, in an anti-Messianic way, for not just the war, but all the troubles of the world. As the whole geopolitical infrastructure crumbles, the merry crew are left on Kiribati where they merrily set about the merry repopulation of of the too sullied world.

Coupland being Coupland WORST PERSON EVER seems to be deliberately courting headlines like Worst Coupland Ever or maybe even Worst Novel Ever.
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