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Worst. Person. Ever. Hardcover – April 3, 2014
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I've read almost all of Coupland's work, for some 20 years now, and he just gets better and better...
This story is so colorfully narrated, with such intense whit and charm, that it begs to be made into a movie!
Where are the airheads at HBO Films? Why haven't they made a deal for this?
It's got lots of saucy dialog, nudity, sex, vomit, sex, and more vomit, with a side order of shlt... It's exactly what HBO wants!
The whirlwind story takes the central character - Raymund Gunt - from England to an obscure Pacific island to shoot an episode of Survivor, which seams to never get shot. The world almost ends, while the anti-hero makes cynical jokes about the women he wants to do...
And all the while his John Sparrow-like side-kick, picked from the gutter by Gunt, gets more tale than he can handle...
It's like Coupland ate Hunter Thompson, digested what he could, and spat out the rest on paper.
This can only be removed from my brain with surgery or electro-shock.
The story revolves around a “B” unit television cameraman (apparently a rung below “A” unit), who is down on his luck and is relegated to begging his ex-wife, a very successful network producer, for scraps. She gets him a gig on a reality TV show (Survival) being filmed in the remote South Pacific nation of Kiribati. He is authorized to hire an assistant and selects a random homeless man from his neighborhood. He and his assistant undergo numerous adventures, both on the journey and upon arrival.
Many of the events and circumstances of the book are absurd and intentionally ridiculous. The style is somewhat reminiscent of Catch-22 and more closely that of Kurt Vonnegut’s work. I would recommend for a lengthy plane flight.
I haven't enjoy reading that much for a long time! Couldn't stop reading!
I really don't understand people who took the plot serious and then complained about the story line. Don't you people know what satire is?
The main character is a compilation of everything terrible that modern society has. Is he unlikeable? Absolutely! Is he funny and charming? No questions! Looks at the 'normal' people in his universe. Is he that terrible?
This novel reminds me the best tradition of modern European counter culture.
Mr. Coupland, thank you so much!
My issue with this book is the plot - it seems like he made it up as he went along. The hallmark of his best works are a more cohesive, believable, and relevant story line. Some aspects (the pending nuclear war) of the plot in this work strain credibility.
At his best (Generation X, Microserfs, etc.) Coupland has a way of capturing the collective phsyche and pop culture at exactly the right time - when his commentary is very relevant, incisive, and "ahead of it's time" or "exactly on time". The background story in prior works make them seem that much more genuine and complete to me. That was missing from this book.
Despite my issue with the plot, this book has some truly funny moments. The humorous parts to me were truly gut-bustingly funny and we all need a good laugh some time. If you take this as a light read that will make you laugh and don't look for deeper insights into modern society you won't be disappointed.
I should also point out that Coupland's insights on human nature (the underbelly as well as the polished front facia) as always are spot on.
I would have given it a 3.5 if that was allowed.