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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I wondered to start with if it was for me A book you expect to make you laugh. Wade’s brother, Bryan, a frequently suicidal musician, has hooked up with the self-named Shw, a pshchotic anarchist. First the good stuff: Well, for that matter, what was the purpose of my first sixty-five years?

Yes, all of their songs sound pretty much the same, even after all these years, but they still rock.

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Sign up here to receive ae FREE alerts. And being inflicted with a fatal disease, in general. Go ahead, imagine them all. This book followed the story of one of the most dysfunctional families I have ever read about. Wearing shoulder pads while heading some electronics corporation?

She’s always been an interesting person but now she’s interested in the world again. Maybe the act of wanting to live and being given life is the only thing that matters. And the ending always chokes me up. Everybody has basically the same family – it’s cuopland reconfigured slightly different from one to the next.

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Janet Drummond, past middle age and wondering what the hell she’s done with her life, is finally breaking free of her housewife shell and becoming a person.

His white picket fence mother has a vouglas Internet porn addiction. Early in the book the men of the family travel to nearby Walt Disney World where they receive a package destined for the Bahamas containing a letter written by Prince William stolen from Princess Diana ‘s casket.


Psychotci will say that Sarah’s brothers – recently-jailed Wade and Brian and his vowel-less girlfriend Shwher dad and trophy wife and mum – all psychootic on a role in the completely crazy family story. I’m beginning to think that Douglas Coupland is incapable of writing a bad book, simply because I’ve started with his least popular works, and I’m glad I made that decision.

It was a quick but fantastic read – quick, Ar believe, because it was such fun to read. 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. Well, Bryan and Ted not so much, but everyone else was just great.

Where All Families Are Psychotic excels, more so than some of Coupland’s other books, is sandwiching pithy observations about life in between the dougla of the book’s characters and the consequences of those actions. Costco lamentations instead of preposterous bullet wounds to the liver?

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And they’re all about to embark on a crazy adventure that will, unexpectedly, bring this family back together. As Janet observes, Bryan, even as an adult, is still a child. What started out as just quirky and madcap became — chapter by chapter — predictably insane and unbelievable, to the point that it lost its punch in the repetitiveness. 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.

It was so funny and entertaining. Psychotic they might be but I wish my family were as nice to each other as the Drummonds. The story makes me think of my own family and has, in a way, softened my view of the sharper edges each of my relatives has. At first glance, it seems fairly inoffensive: Am I making any sense?


Drummond family, I love you! At one point after the page mark, it kind of turned absurd and unrealistic. A little confusing at first, but it did fall into place. Try as I did, I just couldn’t get into this book. While their daughter Sarah a thalidomide baby prepares for her first space mission, sre family all gather in Florida, ostensibly psydhotic watch her take-off, but other plots take them in strange and hilarious new directions.

I looked beyond the comedy and found the real depth of emotion that was there. The settings were etched in acid, the roiling, ridiculous story apl rolled out like the manifesto of a street corner madman, and yet, despite the utter unbelievability of most of it, we liked the people involved. I’d just end up making them sound like stereotypes, and they aren’t.

Because it really is character that drives this story.

Quotes from All Families are Sep 07, Luis rated it really liked it Shelves: He’s not keen on the cover of the UK edition of All Families are Psychotic, on the grounds that “it misportrays the book’s contents and sort of The can-you-top-this atmosphere will keep Coupland’s Gen-X readers the ones who religiously watch Cops for the laughs totally amused. May 04, Lorraine Devon Wilke rated it doulgas it.