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    DescriptionA 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. 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 unhappy homeless people in his wake. Men dislike him, women flee from him. Worst. Person. Ever. is a deeply unworthy book about a dreadful human being with absolutely no redeeming social value. Gunt, in the words of the author, "is a living, walking, talking, hot steaming pile of pure id." He's a B-unit cameraman who enters an amusing downward failure spiral that takes him from London to Los Angeles and then on to an obscure island in the Pacific where a major American TV network is shooting a Survivor-style reality show. Along the way, Gunt suffers multiple comas and unjust imprisonment, is forced to re-enact the 'Angry Dance' from the movie Billy Elliot and finds himself at the centre of a nuclear war. We also meet Raymond's upwardly failing sidekick, Neal, as well as Raymond's ex-wife, Fiona, herself 'an atomic bomb of pain'.Even though he really puts the 'anti' in anti-hero, you may find Raymond Gunt an oddly likeable character.


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    Title
    Worst. Person. Ever.
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Douglas Coupland
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780434019915
    ISBN 10: 0434019917
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Libri: ENGM1010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    DC21: 813.6
    Libri: KANA1510
    BISAC V2.8: FIC016000, FIC000000, FIC019000
    BIC subject category V2: FB
    Thema V1.0: FB, FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Edition statement
    Trade Paperback.
    Publisher
    Cornerstone
    Imprint name
    William Heinemann Ltd
    Publication date
    03 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Born on a Canadian NATO base in Germany, Coupland is the author of such bestsellers as Generation A, JPod and eleven other novels, along with non-fiction works including a recent short biography of Marshall McLuhan. His work has been translated into thirty-five languages and published in most countries around the world. He is also a visual artist, sculptor, furniture and fashion designer, and screenwriter.
    Review quote
    "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