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.
Vernon God Little : A 21st Century Comedy in the Presence of Death
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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
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Vernon God Little
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As a sixteen year old ...
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!
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.
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.
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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