All Families Are Psychotic
Yes, then what, exactly? All Families Are Psychotic is the third (and second best) Coupland novel I’ve read this year (and I would have never picked up the author’s work without goodreads so, um, thanks, Otis and Co. ...more
Wade isn't exactly doing so hot lately. But then, neither are the rest of his family. His white picket fence mother has a se ...more
I'm going to say something weird, it's really similar to the history of love by nichole krauss, but better. I know right? I probably never would have thought of it if I wasn't reading/listening to them at the same time.
But this book is also a bit like jackass goes to the prom. Or richie rich takes a slum day.
The quotes on the back say things like: "douglas coupland all growed up"
this book is not all growed up, in fact it's a fairly juvenile book. But lets actually be stra ...more
With All Families Are Pyschotic, Douglas Coupland thrusts us into this absurdly over-the-top comically dismal present tense-ish Florida that just doesn’t ever seem to come together. It’s unreliably realistic that’s as much a future-proofed snapshot Now as it is an immediately dated fantasy of yesterday ...more
If nothing else, the title is genius.
I have no idea what Coupland was hoping to convey in this tumbling, bizarre narrative of family life gone crazy, but it's as if he latched onto the word "psychotic" and never let go. While all families have their quirks, likely none are as nuts as this one he's conjured up. And the idea of that was ultimately funnier than the execution.
First the good stuff: amazing phrase turns; smart, clever, funny dialogue ...more
As the title implies, the book's about family and the tribulations one's family undergoes as the wheel turns and one generation supplants another. Yet it's also about all the motifs surrounding family: growing up, maturity, dealing with mortality, and realizing how screwed up the world actua ...more
The book centers around a family who all come together to Florida to celebrate an achie ...more
I mean, what a ride. The story escalates in a fantastical manner, with crazy character development and it's funny how unexpectedly events e ...more
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Un po’ alla volta “smaltisco gli arretrati” di Douglas Coupland, cioè i romanzi che avventatamente ho comprato in passato quando l’autore brillava ancora della luce dei suoi primi libri, Generazione X in particolare.
Il problema è che Coupland è rapidamente appassito, forse proprio perché interpretava in modo così preciso, se non lo spirito più profondo dei primi anni ’90, quanto meno la loro immagine: tramontati quelli, ...more
The Drummond are one crazy and very colorful family. There's Janet, mother of Wade, Sarah, the only one who seemed to lead a successful and normal life, and Bryan. Janet and Ted ...more
his novels, the more i read, become more formulaic, which could be a huge turnoff becasue it is like reading the same novel over and over again with just different character names. but the thing is, i absolutely love his formula. it is there, it exists, but it is so off-the-wall unpredictable that i am amazed ...more
This was recommended a few years ago, and sadly I only recently picked up this book. Having now read it, I can clearly see why he recommended it in response to what I had written - the incident in question ...more
To give you a glimpse of the dysfunctional heights this family aspires to, son Wade slept with his stepmom Nickie who was then shot by his father Ted striking his mother, Janet. Now Janet and Wade ha ...more
I also could not get a clear mental picture of any of the characters. They seemed to contradict themselves and their reactions to their environment and each other. I didn't feel that they were fully developed.
One bit that irked me, was the ...more
I appreciate Coupland's ability to portray the lives of these middle-aged or older mums, and how they must feel after their children are gone and grown up, how their lives and their perspective change, how difficult it must be to adjust, especially for a generation of women who were taught to put family before all else. He does this with great sensitivity. It's thought provoking, and it might make you want to call your own mother to tell h ...more
Douglas Coupland is my favorite author by far. I haven't read all of his works yet, but he hasn't let me down yet. This book was no exception.
If you feel that your family is ...more
It felt as though I was reading a book rather than bein ...more
Be prepared to snort in laughter -- milk right out your nose.
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The most disastrous family reunion in the history of fiction.The Drummond family, reunited for the first time in years, has gathered near Cape Canaveral to watch the launch into space of their beloved daughter and sister, Sarah. Against the Technicolor unreality of Florida's finest tourist attractions, the Drummonds stumble into every illicit activity under the tropical sun-kidnapping, blackmail, gunplay, and black market negotiations, to name a few. But even as the Drummonds' lives spin out of...more