Saturday, May 21, 2011
all families are psychotic
i recently finished reading all families are psychotic by douglas coupland. i should add a disclaimer: dear family members, this title is not meant to offend you in any way. i have been reading a lot of douglas coupland books lately. i like his style of writing, it just flows well and keeps my imagination active. in contrast to most of his novels i've read (set in vancouver) this one is primarily set in florida. this induced many fond memories of family vacations in florida. we usually drove down at the beginning of the summer and i recall experiencing a scorching heat like no other. i have one particularly vivid memory of a young boy catching a sting ray, ripping out the stinger and throwing the poor thing back in the gulf. i worried the bleeding ray would attract sharks and headed back to the pool. i probably have enough floridian memories to write an entire book, and it holds a special place in my heart.
anyway - back to the book - it's about a family (shocking!). it tells the individual story of each family member. at some points it seems far from reality but manages to remain very real. i guess this is typical of his books. they tend to have an aspect of fantasy which throws you for a fun little turn. i enjoyed the book. it was an easy and fun read that had me laughing and cringing at the same time.