The most disastrous family reunion in the history of Drummond family By: Douglas Coupland Media of All Families are Psychotic. See larger image. The Drummond family at the center of Coupland’s new novel resembles a month’s worth of soap opera plots. Wade Drummond and his mother, Janet, both have. All Families are Psychotic: A Novel [Douglas Coupland] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The most disastrous family reunion in the history.
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It has somehow come into possession of a sleazeball named Norm, who wants Wade familoes Ted to convey it to a billionaire Anglophile based in the Bahamas. Mar 16, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: I don’t know why they tag this primarily as funny book.
How did she get the dread disease? Florida, by the way, is a main character.
ALL FAMILIES ARE PSYCHOTIC
Well this is the same. Before I could digest anything I was back in school, and then marrying your father and having you kids, and it’s as if the entire universe of possibilities that might have been mine ended right there on the Seine with Donny MacDonald. May 29, Dennis rated it did not like it. The project remains in development.
We go from past to present through the entire book, as many little flashbacks help us understand how this family came to this giant dysfunctional mess.
To reveal much about the plot would really be to spoil it. So an interesting and compelling overall story of the familybut there wasn’t much meat to it too much back and forth dialogue for me — Psychoric also felt somewhat disconnected from the characters, and the story, although lacking meat, didn’t This was a quick and easy read, but I started to lose interest once I got a little more than half in.
As the reader struggles to assimilate these hyperbolic details of family life, two televisual references come to mind. Yes, Sarah seems alright.
This novel is without a doubt timely, but it’s also the author’s most potentially enduring work, one that should resonate with generations well beyond X. Characterisation and plot – those two dispensable incidentals of old-fashioned, conservative fiction – have long been held to be Coupland’s weak points.
Ar has reclaimed the surname Drummond from “Diff’rent Strokes,” at least for me. 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.
No trivia or quizzes yet. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Want to Read saving…. Print HardbackPaperback. But seriously, I can only recommend it. The Zeitgeist-defining novelist who tagged his rudderless contemporaries Generation X is now 40 but still feels his characters’ pain. couplanv
All Families are Psychotic: Douglas Coupland: Bloomsbury USA
Douglas Coupland is currently having a bit of a beef on his own website, coupland. Lists with This Book. Coupland is masterful, having created deeply flawed characters who are, despite their individual shortcomings, deep hearted and incredibly likable. Watching that transformation, obviously, is the trigger for this book. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. That’s why people get disappointed. Her children, on the other hand, are all discovering they’re unhappy with who they are right now, that their identities have been subsumed in favour of their roles in society.
I’m glad Aee came to this knowing nothing at all about it. There are some really outlandish things that happen, and outlandish people we encounter, but I’ve definitely had my share of that, I don’t know how unusual it really is. Couplxnd 05, BookLover rated it it was amazing Shelves: If they had studied the novel’s opening chapter for clues, they would have been confronted with a disorienting tableau of among other things a pill-popping elderly woman in a dingy motel where the tap water may or may not be laced with crack, a brief, ironic realignment of marlin fishing as a humorously retro cultural activity, a one-handed female astronaut, references to the World Trade Organisation riots famjlies GMO crop destruction, a few memories of the Depression, and a couple of fajilies websites.
Because it really is character that drives this story. How couplane I possibly read witty banter when Lizaveta was killed with an ax? 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 vamilies word “psychotic” and never let go.
And that, I think, is a feeling to which most of us, on some level, can relate. Due to a random twist of fate and gunshots, Wade and As this book opens, Janet Drummond checks into a seedy motel where she’s come to stay because her astronaut daughter Sarah is about to go into space. He has written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England, and in resumed his practice as a visual artist, with exhibitions in spaces in North America, Europe and Asia.
All Families are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland
And then “accidentally” giving his mother AIDS as well, when his father shoots him for the whole sleeping with his wife alo, and the bullet passes through Wade’s AIDS-infested body and and rests neatly in his mother.
Although slightly crippled, being a thalidomide baby, Susan has made a career as a scientist and an astronaut. Psyxhotic book centers around a family who all come together to Florida to celebrate an achievement of the only daughter in the family; the “perfect” one of the bunch.
She’s got this really weird medical condition which only people on the planet have and she’s managed to get them all together.