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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 novel.

Meet Raymond Gunt. A decent chap who tries to do the right thing. Or, to put it another way, the worst person ever: a foul-mouthed, misanthropic cameraman, trailing creditors, ex-wives and
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Hardcover, 317 pages
Published October 3rd 2013 by William Heinemann (first published September 5th 2013)
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Rebecca
Sep 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Worst. Novel. Ever? Not quite, but still irredeemably awful. If you were to imagine Martin Amis and Lionel Shriver at their absolute nastiest, then throw in all the gratuitous profanity and crudely sexual material you could possibly think of, you’d have some idea of how utterly unlikable this book is.

I’ve somehow managed to read six Coupland novels now, without ever becoming a fan. That said, I think The Gum Thief delightful (I included it in a list of my favorite epistolary novels), and JPod un
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Toby
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, lit
The new novel from Douglas Coupland is not as some lazy reviewers who think they're being original and witty would have you believe the Worst. Book. Ever. Oh how they must have patted themselves on the back and given self hi-fives when they came up with that one. It is actually a brilliantly funny assault on contemporary western civilisation through the eyes of someone who just might be one of the biggest bastards in modern fiction.

Offensive man acts offensively, his karma appears to be in the t
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Jason
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Douglas Coupland is a damn genius.

You just know the book is going to be good when the book jacket literally has a disclaimer on it saying "Viewer Discretion Is Advised."

Distilled down, Worst. Person. Ever. is essentially a novel about a man (Raymond) who goes through life getting shit on at every turn. Throughout, Raymond experiences all the real life issues we go through, but he experiences them during a global nuclear crisis, while navigating life on an island in the middle of nowhere with his
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Eric
Oct 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Worst. Book. Ever. I can't remember hating a book as much as I hated this one. I would have given it a zero if I could have. I am a huge Coupland fan but I am starting to think that his best years are behind him. I hope I am wrong but this book was awful. How it got past the publisher I don't know. If anyone reads this and likes it you will have to tell me why because I can't find any redeeming qualities in it. Don't waste your time with this, too many other books to read. ...more
Kara Babcock
This book is a work of art.

I say this knowing that Douglas Coupland is as much an artist as he is a writer. It shows in his novels. His works very deliberately play with the same themes and variations across the decades. Having read, and enjoyed, the majority of his novels, it’s hard not to see all the recurring character types, set pieces, and plot elements. Microserfs and JPod riff on the cognitive dissonance of the software industry, while Generation A , Girlfriend in a Coma , and
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Sam Quixote
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In 2009, Douglas Coupland’s short story Survivor was published in McSweeney’s 31 and featured a cameraman on a tropical island filming a Survivor-esque reality show who discovers that nuclear war has erupted in the outside world and that they, on this island in the middle of nowhere, could be the last remaining descendants of humanity, turning their survival reality show into a reality of survival. The story clearly stayed with Coupland because, 4 years later, he’s developed the short story into ...more
Jason P
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: douglas-coupland

Coupland has you falling out of your chair laughing with this one. It's dirty and filthy, with just the right amount of artsy-edge to it, that you will want to pick this up again (like I did) for a second go of it!

Worst. Person. Ever

This is a story about a man with a load of self-respect, but, only he has that respect for himself. No one else shares it.

His name is Raymond Gunt.
Yes, I said Gunt, please don't make the mistake that others have made and pronounced his last name another way.....you k
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Karlene
Dec 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Ugh.

Maybe not the Worst. Book. Ever...but I'd have to say that no aspect of my life was improved by having read it.

I powered through the first half of this book, and I guess it did offer some mild form of entertainment value at first, but eventually I just got tired of eye-roll inducing phrases like "it probably tastes like a pocket calculator garnished with dried herpes juice flakes" or "do you have to be such a ripping cumfart about my situation?" It's not that I find myself offended by phras
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Dana
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, netgalley, comedy

This latest offering by Coupland doesn't disappoint. The writing is hilarious in an "I shouldn't be laughing at this" kind of way. It also made me wonder if I was also terrible person for agreeing with much of the main character's horrid actions.

This book was such a treat to read. Although mildly offensive, the main character is such a loser that you won't be that bothered.

My only qualm was that the plethora of definitions for commonly known items got annoying. However by the end of the novel th
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Patrick
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I can't quite decide whether I've grown out of Douglas Coupland or he just isn't anywhere near as good as he used to be. Way back when, I loved Microserfs, was pretty keen on Girlfriend In a Coma, and even kind of appreciated Shampoo Planet. But more recently, I found The Gum Thief unremarkable, and wasn't at all sure what the point of JPod was.

And while this is far from the Worst. Book. Ever. it's still Not. Very. Good. A kind of surreal picaresque caper about a caricature of unpleasantness by
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Barbara
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
In an age of political correctness, Raymond Gunt is like everyone's elderly relative whose offhanded derogatory remarks can hush a room.

Gunt's own brand of hatred isn't directed at any one specific population. He considers children a waste of time and money, heckles the obese and pokes fun at the intelligence of Americans.

But as much as Gunt is despicable, readers are also left rooting for the grumpy protagonist in Douglas Coupland's latest book "Worst. Person. Ever."

Karma throws a punch at Gun
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Malia
May 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
This was my first Douglas Coupland book, and I think it will probably be my last. His style is one, I think, you either love or really hate. And for me, unfortunately, the latter was true. I don't like writing negative reviews, because every author puts a good deal of time and effort into creating a book, but the truth is just that not everyone's tastes run alike (thank goodness!)
One thing I will commend Coupland on is the rather apt title. Raymond Gunt is, quite frankly, pretty despicable. He
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Colin Bendell
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
The book is probably better titled: "The. Person. The. Universe. Spites." The main protagonist, Ray, is not the worst person ever. Just very crass. I've met worse.

Quarter of the way through the book I was convinced that Ray was actually in a reality tv, not a camera man for the show and this would be the big reveal at the end of the book. Half way through I thought this book was going to be a profound editorial on our cultural obsession on permissive voyeurism. Then coupland tried to be novel a
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Leanne
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic! I don't know if I have ever lol'd so much in 300 pages before! Granted, the end gets rather ridiculous, but if you want a book that you can learn absolutely nothing useful from, can suspend your sense of "sensible" and want to meet the worst human being ever- this is the book. Kudos Gunt, you are a terrible human being that gave me many a giggle. ...more
Snotchocheez
Aug 19, 2014 rated it did not like it

pooous POOH'-uhs (adj) 1. Filled with turds. 2. Composed of or resembling fecal matter.

The obvious epithet to use when slamming Douglas Coupland's latest novel has already been rendered trite from overuse (and, for me, isn't even accurate: "Worst. Book. Ever." ? No, this is not even the worst book I've read this year; Wally Lamb's stereotype-ridden miasma We Are Water has a firm grasp on that ignoble distinction.). Given I consider myself a long-time zealous fan of Coupland's prior work, Biggest
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Terri
As a part-time bookseller, I VERY happily received an advance copy of this book for review (it is out in October). Coupland is a seriously talented writer. He has written both fiction (Generation X, J-Pod) and non-fiction (Terry Fox, Canada House I and II) amongst many other excellent books. He is also a talented artist (check out his Canada House instillation online-amazing!). Needless to say, I admire this guy a lot-he’s one of my favourite Canadian authors.

In this book, we are indeed introdu
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Rob Waiser
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-win
I received this book from a goodreads giveaway, without having read any of Coupland's previous books.
Overall, I thought it was very funny and I look forward to reading more of his stuff.
The story itself is odd, even a bit silly at times, but I think that is (at least mostly) intentional. More importantly, though, I think the story is just not that important, by which I mean that the plot is really secondary to the writing - particularly the dialogue, which is consistently funny and occasionally
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John
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Worst. Coupland. Ever.

I've read every fiction title by Mr. Coupland and rank him as one of my favourite writers. There is lots to admire in this book, especially the clever cultural punctuations. What's missing for me is the way characters in previous novels are portrayed with a gentle if absurdist brush. This lot are sometimes funny but hollow in their vilified portrayal. I guess the title says it all.
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Megan
Oct 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Go home, Doug, you're drunk. ...more
Danny
May 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gimmick strung along for waaaaaaay too long.
Ghostxbiscuit
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this, I actually felt torn between being constantly offended by the nastiness that is Raymond Gunt and being amused by him at the same time.

This book had me in tears with laughter at times. I will never look at Macadamia nuts in the same way.

I've read almost all of Douglas Coupland's novels and short stories and have loved most of them. While this isn't my favourite of his works, I really enjoyed how he made me squirm.

Even though Raymond is the worst human being and
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Jen
Jul 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I'm a grown-ass woman; this is adolescent garbage.

What a strange novel, which I was in no hurry to read until I heard Doug Coupland interviewed on CBC's Q, and I was actually moved when he spoke about kindness: If you have an inclination to kindness, then just do it, etc. So I thought there would be a message, a moral, a friggin' somethin' to this novel. But there is not. It's a mosiac of head injuries & shitting oneself. There's no dignity for the characters, and even less for the reader. What
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Leigh Matthews
Oct 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Although this was engrossing at times it was usually just because so much keeps happening and it's a tad difficult to keep pace. It verges on being a bit too dudebro now and then, with Coupland seemingly more intent on showing off than actually creating realistic characters with whom you can have any empathy. In fact, not a single character is distinguishable by the end, with everyone seeming to have run at the mouth in some terribly clever fashion at some point, as well as occasionally developi ...more
GONZA
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the funniest stories I've read recently or even in a lifetime. Ray is the worst person in the world, but definitely one of the funniest, not to mention his ex-wife, his ex-homeless friend Neal and his biological family. Coupland in one of his best performances.

Questo libro é una tra le storie piú divertenti che io abbia letto recentemente o anche in tutta la vita. Ray é la peggiore persona del mondo, ma sicuramente una delle piú divertenti, senza contare la sua ex moglie, il
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Breinholt Dorrough
Mar 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
I get it, Mr. Gunt is a pretty big Gunt and that's the point, but the rest of the characters seem to be Gunts as well; the story is incomprehensible, and every character's voice / dialogue is the same exact style as the narrator's. Not a well thought-out book at all.

The only page that expiates itself is the one that contains the million ludicrous alpha-numerical requirements websites set for your account passwords. The rest of this book is sheer drivel.
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Jaclyn
Sep 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Page 152 and I can't. I just can't anymore. Then I skipped to the end to see if something happens to make it worth it and no. Bleah. ...more
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Dec 08, 2013 marked it as to-read
This book sounds funny. I'll read. ...more
Louise
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humour
Raymond Gunt is the Worst. Person. Ever! Raymond is a foul-mouthed man that speaks his mind without any regards to be peoples feelings. Ray who is behind on his rent decides to see his ex wife (Fiona) for a job as a B cameraman, luckily for him she gives him the opportunity to turn his life around and hires him, only the job is in Kiribati for a show called Survival(Pretty much I'm a celebrity get me out of here!)
A homeless guy, Neal, in which Ray started a fight with in the street is employed a
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Ruth
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Disappointed. I suppose it's never going to be easy to make an enjoyable book about the worst person in the world - I certainly struggled with it. I just didn't like Ray from start to finish, he was never redeemed, he didn't grow on me. He was just truly awful from start to finish. The book is looking at trash media, and our obsession with ridiculous reality TV shows, our continued destruction of the planet and it is obsessed, or Ray at least is obsessed, with sex. The language throughout is ver ...more
Lisa
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I picked this up last year at the airport as something light to read and only now got around to reading it. Me, I am torn. I really don't like it. Raymond, our main character, is so far off my moral compass that I find him more repulsive than funny. He looks forward to having a slave, for goodness' sakes. And even so, no, it also isn't particularly fun to watch him fall face first in the mud, over and over and over. And that Neal, his picked-up-off-the-sidewalk sidekick should go from dreadlocks ...more
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Douglas Coupland is Canadian, born on a Canadian Air Force base near Baden-Baden, Germany, on December 30, 1961. In 1965 his family moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he continues to live and work. Coupland has studied art and design in Vancouver, Canada, Milan, Italy and Sapporo, Japan. His first novel, Generation X, was published in March of 1991. Since then he has published nine novels and sever ...more

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