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 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 02/10/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099537397