Book Reviews, Just for Fun

Worst. Person. Ever. [Book Review]

Screen Shot 2013-10-10 at 8.13.00 AMRandom House of Canada published two amazing books on the same day and somehow I got my hands on both of them. After having my mind thoroughly blown by Dave Eggers’ The CircleI laughed out loud for three days reading Douglas Coupland’s Worst. Person. Ever. To both authors I offer the highest of fives…

request-fiveDouglas Coupland has literally created the worst person ever in Raymond Gunt. He’s selfish, rude, sarcastic, ignorant, uncaring, misogynistic, and well incredibly loveable. Neal, a homeless man he befriends, is probably my favourite character on the face of this earth. He’s sweet, intelligent, and stud-ly. Him and Raymond together are the book equivalent of Barney and Ted but a lot dirtier, and they swear a lot. What I loved about this book is the way real issues and real human truths were targeted and depicted in a sarcastic and witty way. It had my brain buzzing and my mouth smiling the entire time. It’s a quick read and will have you in a good mood by the end of it. You’ll enjoy all of Raymond’s troubles simply because you know he deserves it, his denial will both annoy you and tickle you, and his outlook on life will make you feel that much better about your own. This novel is…

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“…we’ve all been in situations beyond our control. Hell, it’s what gives life its spice: you miss a bus, the hot water stops working, a 767 slams into your office tower. When things go sideways, I try to make lemonade out of lemons as it were.” (Page 113)

Go make some lemonade.

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Love Always

Vanessa Xo 

Synopsis from the Random House of Canada Website: 
Worst. Person. Ever. is a deeply unworthy book about a dreadful human being with absolutely no redeeming social value. Raymond 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 reenact 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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