DBC Pierre

Vernon God Little : A 21st Century Comedy in the Presence of Death

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Book FormatPaperback
AuthorDBC Pierre
Publication DateAugust, 2012
ISBN-139780802170958
GenreFiction/Literary
Hailed by the critics and lauded by readers for its riotously funny and scathing portrayal of America in an age of trial by media, materialism, and violence, &quot;Vernon God Little&quot; was an international sensation when it was first published in 2003 and awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize. <br />The memorable portrait of America is seen through the eyes of a wry, young, protagonist. Fifteen-year-old Vernon narrates the story with a cynical twang and a four-letter barb for each of his townsfolk, a medley of characters. With a plot involving a school shooting and death-row reality TV shows, Pierre's effortless prose and dialogue combine to form a novel of postmodern gamesmanship.

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Hailed by the critics and lauded by readers for its riotously funny and scathing portrayal of America in an age of trial by media, materialism, and violence, "Vernon God Little" was an international sensation when it was first published in 2003 and awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize.
The memorable portrait of America is seen through the eyes of a wry, young, protagonist. Fifteen-year-old Vernon narrates the story with a cynical twang and a four-letter barb for each of his townsfolk, a medley of characters. With a plot involving a school shooting and death-row reality TV shows, Pierre's effortless prose and dialogue combine to form a novel of postmodern gamesmanship.Vernon God Little

Specifications

Publisher
Canongate Us
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
276
Author
DBC Pierre
Title
Vernon God Little
ISBN-13
9780802170958
Publication Date
August, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.22 x 5.55 x 0.73 Inches
ISBN-10
0802170951

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
As a sixteen year old ...
As a sixteen year old boy, I thought this was a great laugh-out-loud book, and a great way of combining British humour within an unmistakably American setting. Very much a modern 'catcher in the rye' type book, not supprised that it won such a prestigious award.
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Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
I really wouldnt reco...
I really wouldn't recommend this book. It is humorous in places and the characters are mostly believable, but the story is pretty ridiculous and confusing in places (vaine gurie, judge gurie, gurie gurie, gurie street!?), with an ending that is equally ridiculous and confusing. I've entirely failed to recognise what could possible make this book a Man Booker Prize winner :-S Perhaps the seemingly American lifestyle and humour has been lost on this Brit.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
As a sixteen year old ...
As a sixteen year old boy, I thought this was a great laugh-out-loud book, and a great way of combining British humour within an unmistakably American setting. Very much a modern 'catcher in the rye' type book, not supprised that it won such a prestigious award.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
I really wouldnt reco...
I really wouldn't recommend this book. It is humorous in places and the characters are mostly believable, but the story is pretty ridiculous and confusing in places (vaine gurie, judge gurie, gurie gurie, gurie street!?), with an ending that is equally ridiculous and confusing. I've entirely failed to recognise what could possible make this book a Man Booker Prize winner :-S Perhaps the seemingly American lifestyle and humour has been lost on this Brit.
As a sixteen year old boy, I thought this was a great laugh-out-loud book, and a great way of combining British humour within an unmistakably American setting. Very much a modern 'catcher in the rye' type book, not supprised that it won such a prestigious award.
I really wouldn't recommend this book. It is humorous in places and the characters are mostly believable, but the story is pretty ridiculous and confusing in places (vaine gurie, judge gurie, gurie gurie, gurie street!?), with an ending that is equally ridiculous and confusing. I've entirely failed to recognise what could possible make this book a Man Booker Prize winner :-S Perhaps the seemingly American lifestyle and humour has been lost on this Brit.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

As a sixteen year old ...

As a sixteen year old boy, I thought this was a great laugh-out-loud book, and a great way of combining British humour within an unmistakably American setting. Very much a modern 'catcher in the rye' type book, not supprised that it won such a prestigious award.

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If Catcher in the Rye ...

If Catcher in the Rye and Southpark had a child, Vernon God Little would be their frenetic, foul-mouthed, Red- Bull guzzling offspring. Laced with witty vernacular and a constant barrage of verbal gymnastics, this book delivers like very few books do. One of the best books I've ever read. Highly recommended!

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I loved this book. the...

I loved this book. the characters were so well drawn, and the style so refreshing. I couldn't put it down. Some were put off by the swearing and refused to read it, but if you are writing about a teenage boy, and using his words, of course there will be swearing, he is hardly likely to go around saying 'gosh, how absolutely ghastly'. This book, while dealing with a serious and awful event at a High School in America, manages to portray with humour the scrapes a young man can get into if he is always believed to be a criminal. Some of the characters are hilarious, I found myself laughing out loud. Definitely recommend this book.

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No question about the ...

No question about the quality of the writing (it's high: the modern American teenager's verbal awkwardness released through a lyrical written consciousness), perhaps more about whether this is for everyone. It's filthy and shot through with bleakness. Then again, it's the filth and bleakness of the modern world, nothing more or less. Pierre has nailed the internal grindings of an adolescent boy, and much of America too. I couldn't have enjoyed it as much as I did were it not for the lively sense of humour, and the redemption which is given room to breathe. Tellingly, it's the redemption Vernon envisages; he's a product of his world to the last.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

This is a very painful...

This is a very painful read! As with the best of satire, you are taken into a world of extremes where you KNOW that this couldn't really happen (or could it?)! The characters who people this world are not like us - they are condensations of what we can do, of how we could think, of how we might act. You need only look at the vigilante groups wandering various parts of the world, at the more extreme religious views held by certain groups of people and of the ruthless way the media have at times investigated personal tragedies to realise that this is not about any one place or any one time - it is about all of us and about what we could turn into if there were not people like the author of this work throwing books like this at our heads and hoping, like the fools of old, some of the message sticks.


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