All Families are Psychotic
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 su
This outrageous cartoonish caper sure as hell was a fun read; but only because I put my brain to one side and just went with it. Most of the Drummond family here and those associated with them were complete insanity. We get drugs, hold-ups, car crashes, accidental shootings, kidnappings, blackmail, HIV, affairs, and plenty of arguments. There really was no rest for me, with the novel cracking on at breakneck speed, as if a manic Coupland wrote this during one massive Caffeine hit. It's only real ...more
I realize that Wade, one of the main characters, was probably supposed to be an anti-hero and disliked, but I loved him. He was my favourite part of the book. I loved his protectiveness of his sister.
It's really hard to re ...more
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
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
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
This isn't mostly about family matters as well, however the title of the book suggests.
This is about insights on general things. Human things. How we keep on being slaves of our ideas about the world.
"Janet's mother had, for a human being born without a penis in the year 1902, done quite well for herself, wh ...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
The book centers around a family who all come together to Florida to celebrate an achie ...more
I thought MY family was nuts. They just don't measure up to the Drummonds. While their daughter Sarah (a thalidomide baby) prepares for her first space mission, her family all gather in Florida, ostensibly to watch her take-off, but other plots take them in strange and hilarious new directions.
To reveal much about the plot wo ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
It felt as though I was reading a book rather than bein ...more
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This was a hilarious four star read until I decided to put it down for a month and then pick it up again. I only had 100 more pages but they managed to lower my rating a whole star down.
What I liked:
- The language is colloquial but Coupland managed to craft these amazing thoughtful sentences which makes you realize his ability as a writer. I was really impressed with how this wasn't pretentious at all.
- Loved how Coupland re ...more