All Families Are Psychotic

All Families Are Psychotic

Douglas Coupland / Jul 11, 2020
All Families Are Psychotic Psychosis any form of severe mental disorder in which the individual s contact with reality becomes highly distorted Douglas Coupland the author whom Tom Wolfe calls one of the freshest most excitin
  • Title: All Families Are Psychotic
  • Author: Douglas Coupland
  • ISBN: 9780679311409
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Psychosis any form of severe mental disorder in which the individual s contact with reality becomes highly distorted.Douglas Coupland, the author whom Tom Wolfe calls one of the freshest, most exciting voices of the novel today, delivers his tenth book in ten years of writing, with All Families Are Psychotic Coupland recently has been compared to Jack Kerouac and F ScPsychosis any form of severe mental disorder in which the individual s contact with reality becomes highly distorted.Douglas Coupland, the author whom Tom Wolfe calls one of the freshest, most exciting voices of the novel today, delivers his tenth book in ten years of writing, with All Families Are Psychotic Coupland recently has been compared to Jack Kerouac and F Scott Fitzgerald, yet he is a man firmly grounded in the current era The novel is a sizzling and sharp witted entertainment that resounds with eternal human yearnings.In the opening pages, 65 year old Janet Drummond checks the clock in her cheap motel room near Cape Canaveral, takes her prescription pills and does a rapid tally of the whereabouts of her three children Wade, the eldest, in and out of jail and still radiating the glint suicidal Bryan, whose girlfriend, the vowel free Shw, is pregnant and Sarah, the family s shining light, an astronaut preparing to be launched into space as the star of a shuttle mission They will all arrive in Orlando today along with Janet s ex husband Ted and his new trophy wife setting the stage for the most disastrous family reunion in the history of fiction Florida may never recover from their version of fun in the sun The last time the family got together, there was gunplay and an ensuing series of HIV infections Now, what should be a celebration turns instead into a series of mishaps and complications that place the family members in constant peril When the reformed Wade attempts to help his dad out of a financial jam and pay off his own bills at the fertility clinic, his plan spins quickly out of control Adultery, hostage taking, a letter purloined from Princess Diana s coffin, heart attacks at Disney World, bankruptcy, addiction and black market negotiations Coupland piles on one deft, comic plot twist after another, leaving you reaching for your seat belt When the crash comes, it is surprisingly sweet Janet contemplates her family, and where it all went wrong People are pretty forgiving when it comes to other people s family The only family that ever horrifies you is your own During the writing, Coupland described the book as being about the horrible things that families do to each other and how it makes them strong He commented Families who are really good to each other, I ve noticed, tend to dissipate, so I wonder how awful a family would have to be to stick together Coupland s first novel, Generation X Tales for an Accelerated Culture, became a cultural phenomenon, affixing a buzzword and a vocabulary to a generation and going on to sell over a million copies The novels that followed were all bestsellers, and his work has continued to show a fascination with the digital, brand conscious, media dense culture of contemporary North American society, leading some to peg him as an up to the minute cultural reference engine Meanwhile, his deeper interests in how human beings function in this spiritual vacuum have become increasingly apparent For example, the character Wade contemplates his father What would the world have to offer Ted Drummond, and the men like him, a man whose usefulness to the culture had vanished somewhere around the time of Windows 95 Golf Gold Twenty four hour stock readouts Janet, on the other hand, nears a kind of peace with life Time erases both the best and the worst of us All Families Are Psychotic shows Coupland being just as concerned for the grown ups as for the kids.
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        Douglas Coupland is Canadian, born on a Canadian Air Force base near Baden Baden, Germany, on December 30, 1961 In 1965 his family moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he continues to live and work Coupland has studied art and design in Vancouver, Canada, Milan, Italy and Sapporo, Japan His first novel, Generation X, was published in March of 1991 Since then he has published nine novels and several non fiction books in 35 languages and most countries on earth He has written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England, and in 2001 resumed his practice as a visual artist, with exhibitions in spaces in North America, Europe and Asia 2006 marks the premiere of the feature film Everything s Gone Green, his first story written specifically for the screen and not adapted from any previous work A TV series 13 one hour episodes based on his novel, jPod premieres on the CBC in January, 2008 Retrieved 07 55, May 15, 2008, from coupland coupland_bio.


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    1. Well, for that matter, what was the purpose of my first sixty five years Maybe the act of wanting to live and being given life is the only thing that matters Forget the mountain of haikus I can write now Forget learning to play the cello or slaving away for charity But then what 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 so, um, thanks, Otis and Co The novel revolves [...]


    2. This was a really quirky, yet thought provoking book This book followed the story of one of the most dysfunctional families I have ever read about I found myself often laughing at the absurdness of the situations they got themselves into, despite the seriousness of the story.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 review [...]


    3. I can t get past my love hate relationship with Douglas Coupland I haven t read a novel of his that I haven t enjoyed yet the idea of starting a new one fills me with some kind of nameless dread It s as if I think it s going to be a difficult read which they never are or dull I m not sure Coupland does dull I blame the titles, or the idea of the as yet unread by me Girlfriend in a Coma which I bought approximately ten years ago and still haven t read One of those things is consistently depriving [...]


    4. At first I thought it was not going to be a wise decision to pick this book up right after I finished Crime and Punishment I was right I was annoyed How could I possibly read witty banter when Lizaveta was killed with an ax How about reading slap sticky fight scenes between a father and son when dear Rodya was living the hard labor life in Siberia That s not even to mention how absurdly over the top the entire family and all of the peripheral characters were An eccentric billionaire obsessed wit [...]


    5. This was a quick and easy read, but I started to lose interest once I got a little than half in It s billed as kind of a humorous tale, and there were some ha moments But overall, it wasn t funny it was really pretty horrible the goings ons So an interesting and compelling overall story of the family , but there wasn t much meat to it too much back and forth dialogue for me I also felt somewhat disconnected from the characters, and the story, although lacking meat, didn t hold me it took a turn [...]


    6. 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 Sarah may have it together, but her brothers aren t so lucky Wade is only just pulling himself together after a lifetime of screwing up, and Bryan struggles with depression Janet s ex husband Ted and his trophy wife Nickie are there too, as is Bryan s girlfriend Shw no vowels who is pregnant Due to a random twist of fate and gunshots, Wade and Janet [...]


    7. This isn t a funny book I don t know why they tag this primarily as funny book Cause for me, it s not That s why people get disappointed They expect something this book can t always give.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, whereas J [...]


    8. 2003 notebook getting a bit silly, set piece after set piece, the car crash, the hold up, the trusted father, thalidomide, AIDS


    9. Despite its rather rambling plot, I actually have a soft spot for All Families are Psychotic It has something to do with the zaniness of the characters being so realistic And the ending always chokes me up.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 actually [...]


    10. A Hallucinogenic Free Fall Disguised As Real Life 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 that ha [...]


    11. Argh This book was maddening Coming off the heels ofGeneration X andMicroserfs, I suppose my expectations were pretty high but this really felt like the literary equivalent of bottoming out.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 s tomorr [...]


    12. Meet Wade Wade seems to have a way of wrecking everything around him For instance, accidentally sleeping with his father s new wife and giving her AIDS And then accidentally giving his mother AIDS as well, when his father shoots him for the whole sleeping with his wife thing, and the bullet passes through Wade s AIDS infested body and and rests neatly in his mother Wade isn t exactly doing so hot lately But then, neither are the rest of his family His white picket fence mother has a secret Inter [...]


    13. This is a good book 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 straight up an [...]


    14. It was three in the morning and I was walking along the Seine, just beside Notre Dame cathedral with Donny MacDonald, and he was singing songs from Carousel to me I felt as though my heart would burst And then there was this chill wind so cool that I developed goose bumps even though the evening was hot and sultry I had this premonition that my youth and carefree times were about to end and it filled me with sadness and resignation I mean, I d only just begun to feel like a newly minted human be [...]


    15. I love this book not because of the great writing which it has , or the humour which it has in spades , or because of the well drawn characters as vivid as any I ve met No, I love this book because for one brief and shining number of pages, it made my family appear normal Which it most certainly isn t Because it s true All Families Are Psychotic


    16. This was a great book, looking at life and our desire to leave our mark while presenting us with the most insane people and situations.But seriously, I can only recommend it.


    17. I picked up this book because the title made me chuckle I am definitely someone who believes that all families are, in fact, psychotic in their own way It was a quick but fantastic read quick, I believe, because it was such fun to read However unlikely the story line may be it does evolve to include some incredibly odd turns of events the book started and remained witty and personal and deeply human The book centers around a family who all come together to Florida to celebrate an achievement of [...]


    18. All Families Are Psychotic is a farce that explores dysfunctionality in modern families The story such that it is, given its farcical quality is beyond believable some of its characters include a thalidomide baby deprived of one arm who grows up and becomes an astronaut, a sibling who unknowingly has sex with his step mother after he meets her in a bar for the first time and who is shot by his father after said dalliance , four FOUR members of this same family who are HIV because of this sibling [...]


    19. Try as I did, I just couldn t get into this book I ve been a fan of Douglas Coupland since Generation X came out, so in some strange way, I feel bad not finishing this book His other books have been pretty solid, though All Families , however, was a big disappointment for me It has been awhile since I ve read his work Am I getting to old to enjoy sardonic, at times slapstick and dark humor yeah,I don t think so It s not me, it s him.It felt as though I was reading a book rather than being immers [...]


    20. Great little read I finished in a weekend, because there was a humorous, unforeseeable detail around every corner While some dialogue seemed forced or hokey every now and then, and some of the flashbacks were overwrought, the main story moved at a brisk pace and was highly original The ending was a slight disappointment, but an overall great work of modern fiction It has reclaimed the surname Drummond from Diff rent Strokes, at least for me.


    21. The title is the basic thesis it s expanded to suggest that one only notices this about one s own family everybody else s family seems sane and normal THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN CURTAILED IN PROTEST AT CENSORSHIP POLICYSee the complete review here arbieroooklikes post 93


    22. 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 con [...]



    23. This is such a weird story, I m not sure what to say about it It s a story about AIDS, and about the 60s and 2000s, NASA, and infidelity It s about family, and the ways this particular family is twisted and weird, dysfunctional, and how they learn to get along and learn about each other as well 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.


    24. I bought this one a couple of years ago And it got lost in the flow of my book buying addiction I wish I had read it sooner It was so funny and entertaining I found myself laughing out loud in public places, and people staring Excuse me lady, would you rather see me cry, or just angrily stare at people like you do 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 got divo [...]


    25. Absolute zany mayhem I wondered to start with if it was for me then revelation after revelation Jaw drop after jaw drop Crazy family member after you get the idea.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 would really be [...]


    26. when i start reading a book i dont like, or finish one for that matter, i generally turn to a douglas coupland novel to remind me why i like reading so much and this one did not disappoint.his novels, the i read, become 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.i recently [...]


    27. I might be biased because this book carries elements I m a huge fan of dysfunctional weird families, dark comedy, and thought provoking introspections Having the characters even the minor ones be intriguing and well written is a plus This is one of the few books out there that would translate SO WELL being made into a film I would be excited to see it I mean, what a ride The story escalates in a fantastical manner, with crazy character development and it s funny how unexpectedly events evolve bu [...]


    28. This book was recommended to me by a fellow blogger after I wrote an entry in my blog about my absolutely ridiculous and unbelievable family, and a situation that involved moving my dead uncles body and hiding weed Seriously Before your mind get s too twisted, he did die of natural causes 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 could h [...]


    29. Rich in oddball characters and a lot of heart, All Families Are Psychotic is a cracked out look at the state of the American Family as viewed through the lens of the Drummond family who are gathering together in Florida to watch family hero Sarah blast into space note Sarah is a thalidomide baby 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 have AI [...]


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