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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All Families are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland

What should be a cause for celebration becomes instead the impetus for a series of mishaps and coincidences that place them in constant peril. I really, really recommend this if you like dark humour, lots of craziness, funny family stories and a nice surprise. I think adding more characters and just a what the souglas is happening here plotline can sometimes do that.

What a sweet book. In Coupland’s novel Microserfsthe narrator says about his girlfriend: If the world has indeed been so robbed, Coupland has never been too sure who the culprits are.

The object in question is an envelope purloined from atop the akl of Princess Diana, bearing the word “Mummy”. Younger son Bryan is a suicidal wimp currently being bullied by a teenage girlfriend, whose newly acquired name, Shw, is garnered from the initials of a Peruvian Shining Light martyr; she is pregnant, but on the verge of selling her unborn baby to a couple of nouveau-riche chancers via the internet.

Her ccoupland, 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. Dec 12, Melanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Or richie rich takes a slum day. Father Ted is a sadistic, womanising bankrupt who, after familiees mother Janet high and dry, accidentally shot her while he was attempting to shoot Wade, who had unwittingly bedded his second wife, Nickie.

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Familiez isn’t mostly about family matters as well, however the title of the book suggests. Without making this long, this book is precisely psychotic, full with drama and comedy which make it read like a movie. As we will quickly learn, most of them are sick in some way.


I picked this up intending to re-read Eleanor Rigby after I realized it’s been on my shelf for several years. This was a really quirky, yet thought provoking book.

Janet and Ted Psycohtic bought this one a couple of years ago. The most likable character is Janet, the mother, who has suffered the most from the family’s shenanigans and has her own set of major problems which I won’t get into here.

Coupland explores these questions around a curious mix of the recognizable anonymous hotel rooms, interstate strip malls and the borderlands of magical realism untouchable but rather friendly drug dealers and the twisted paths of seemingly predestined bullets.

His other books have been pretty solid, though. While all families have their quirks, likely none are as nuts as this one he’s conjured up. It’s really hard to re This was a really quirky, yet thought provoking book.

I loved Wade the most because of his protective personality towards his mom and Sarah view spoiler [camp rescue scene was precious hide spoiler ]his sense of humor and how he saw through his father’s shit. After I finished the book, I realized that I was wrong. There’s the matriarch, Janet, serene at 65 and dying of AIDS; ex-hubby Ted, a philanderer, who shows up with his trophy wife, Nicky; eldest son Wade, also with AIDS, along with his pregnant wife, Beth, whom he met when she thought she had AIDS; brother Bryan, the family depressive, who, after several suicide attempts, now has a reason to live; and Bryan’s girlfriend, with the unlikely name Shw, whom he met while setting fire to a Gap at an antiglobalization protest and who is carrying his baby, which, unbeknownst to him, she plans to sell.

We go from past to psychtic through the entire book, as many little flashbacks help us understand how this family came to this giant dysfunctional mess. His white picket fence mother has a se Meet Wade.


How death sitting beside you can literally couplanr the way you look at everything. In this way he really does capture psgchotic common neuroses and foibles in contemporary life and in this case the interactions in a 21st century family. 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.

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Characters were designed in big, broad crayon strokes that seemed to scream themselves to life, unbound by most normal human behaviors bar the affection they might feel for each other.

Interestingly enough, the third Drummond child, Bryan, lacks any sort of outright condition. No, I love this book because for one brief and shining tamilies of pages, it made my family appear normal. Retrieved from ” https: Wade’s brother, Bryan, a frequently suicidal musician, has hooked up with the self-named Shw, a young anarchist.

As you can probably intuit, this is farce on a grand scale Although the Drummonds appear to be self-destructing, author Coupland reveals himself to be, somewhat surprisingly, an optimist. This book was maddening.

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In a tasteless, vulgarly exhibitionistic way, this could have been interesting, but instead it becomes fodder for a nonsensical, late-onset subplot about DNA cloning. I didn’t get them a lot of times and that irritated the shit out of me. It felt as though I was reading a book rather than being immersed in the lives of the characters.