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ISBN13: 9780571215164
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Awards

2003 Man Booker Prize Winner
2003 Whitbread Award for Best First Novel

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In the town jail of Martirio, Texas — under the terrifying care of the dynastic Gurie family, and wearing only his New Jack trainers and underpants — fifteen-year-old Vernon Little is in trouble. His friend has just blown away sixteen of his classmates before turning the gun on himself. And Vernon has become the focus of the whole town's need for vengeance, and the media's appetite for sensational content — true or not. When the tricky Mr. Lesdema arrives in town — with a covert mission to promote himself from TV repairman to crack CNN reporter — Vernon thinks he has an ally. In fact, Lesdema is a villain of Machiavellian proportions. Vernon soon realizes that in this modern world innocence is definitely no defense. One distasteful arrangement with old Mr. Deutschman and $300 later, Vernon is headed for the border, for freedom and Mexico, and a much-anticipated date with the nigh-mythical Taylor Figueroa. But Texas isn't finished with Vernon yet.

Vital, riotously funny, and energetic, Vernon God Little puts lust for vengeance, materialism, and trial by media squarely in the dock. Vernon himself emerges as the lovable upholder of love, truth, and homespun wisdom in a world gone mad.

Review:

"[T]he real triumph lies in Pierre's creation of Vernon, a mouthpiece for today's disaffected teenagers....[I]n his credible articulation of Vernon's existential angst Pierre has created an invigorating heir to Holden Caulfield." Lucy Beresford, Literary Review

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"[S]cabrously funny....[I]n Vernon Little, Pierre has channeled the most afflicted and endearing hero since Rushmore's Max Fischer. (Grade: A)" Noah Robischon, Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[S]tartling and excellent....Like the best satires, it makes you feel faintly guilty for laughing, which intensifies the pleasure of reading. It also keeps you hooked....Vernon himself is a brilliant comic creation..." Carrie O'Grady, The Guardian (UK)

Review:

"Vernon God Little shows some promise, but it is not a good book. More important even than that, it's not a plausible book....However well Pierre's work might reflect the 'alarm and fascination' of Corey and his colleagues, what it doesn't reflect with any authority is America itself. It's a synthetic concoction of artificial flavors and colors, about as authentic a representation of American life as cherry soda is of the fresh fruit....Vernon God Little doesn't sound American, it doesn't sound Texan, and it doesn't sound teenage....Vernon God Little isn't really about school shootings in any meaningful way. The massacre is affixed to the book like a sticker vouching for its import, the thing that purportedly transforms it from a minor Salingeresque coming-of-age story into a 'coruscating black comedy reflecting our alarm and fascination with modern America'....Nevertheless, the French are lapping it up and so, now, are the British. Simply including a school shooting in your book or movie, apparently, is enough to mark it as a thoughtful commentary on American society, whether or not you've actually bothered to think about it." Laura Miller, Salon.com

Synopsis:

Fifteen-year-old Vernon Gregory Little is in trouble, and it has something to do with the recent massacre of 16 students at his high school. Soon, the quirky backwater of Martirio, barbecue capital of Texas, is flooded with wannabe CNN hacks, eager for a scapegoat.

About the Author

DBC Pierre is the pen name of Peter Finlay, who was born in Australia in 1961 and divided most of the first twenty-three years of his life between Texas and Mexico City. He lives in Ireland.

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Rigzin, February 16, 2007 (view all comments by Rigzin)

God becomes Gonzalez in Mexico. Not your normal coming of age story DBC Pierre's debut novel. Don't know what to say about the language Vernon uses but at the beginning of the Act III when he looks upon his town Matirio a final time before leaving for Mexico, he utters these words: "My town is beautiful from up here. It's as if a star shines for every creature in the constellation of Martirio, and a few more shine besides. There's just one tiny black spot at the northern edge of town, where no star shines at al. That will be home." Then onwards I didn't mind his language.

"I wait in the name of all the conclusive knowledge, collected throughout the history of the world, that says girls just can't resist bad boys." After knowing that Vernon is on the run from the law on charge of a murder, Tay, a slight acquaintance of his finally agrees to meet. Vernon has fetishes for panties especially cotton ones and guess what Victoria's Secret outlet is where Vernon meets Tay. But she allies with Lally who is determined to make it big in the media business through ill-practices. Never heard of a more inhumane thing to do that to broadcast an execution on television with added interaction where the people votes to decide who has more time to live. "Popular TV makes money. Criminals are popular on TV. Put them together and, presto- problem solved."

In the prison, he is summoned to Larelle who Vernon thinks is the preacher there and asks him the answer to the secret of this human life. "Papa God growed us up till we could wear long pants; then he licensed his name to dollar bills, left some car keys on the table, and got the f**k outta town.....You are the God. Take responsibility. Exercise your power."

There were many funny moments. In fact a reviewer at Mail on Sunday doesn't find a page without a very good joke. One stands out where he remembers wishing an old movie star to be his dad and says, "May be that percentage of negative energy contributed to his death."
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shermanlukas, October 20, 2006 (view all comments by shermanlukas)
This is by far the worst book I've read all year. It's incoherent, stupid, and ugly. D.B.C. ("dirty but clean" wtf?) Pierre no doubt thinks he's beeing very edgy and topical by dealing with school shootings, underage lust, and the media circus. His supposedly satiric version of America (he's Australian) is so grotesque and ludicrously overwrought as to be unrecognizable. What's more picking small town Texas idiots to make fun of isn't exactly edgy. Pierre seems to have absorbed his version of America via bad cable TV, video games, and trashy check out line magazines. Though supposedly comic, it's about as funny as a pencil stabbed into your ankle and broken off. And this won the Booker Prize (putting Pierre alongside Salman Rushdie & A.S. Byatt), which shows that just maybe some people in Britain want to see America as this horrible, violent, and senseless fun house. This is not me being provincial; there is much about our culture that is ripe for satire, but not by somebody who knows nothing about it or about writing. Man this book sucked so much.
PS: A fun game to play when you get bored is spot the obscenity on every page.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780571215164
Author:
D. B. C. Pierre
Publisher:
Libri
Author:
Pierre, DBC
Location:
N
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20040506
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
198 x 129 in.

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Product details 288 pages MACMILLAN PUBLISHING SERVICES - English 9780571215164 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[T]he real triumph lies in Pierre's creation of Vernon, a mouthpiece for today's disaffected teenagers....[I]n his credible articulation of Vernon's existential angst Pierre has created an invigorating heir to Holden Caulfield."
"Review" by , "[S]cabrously funny....[I]n Vernon Little, Pierre has channeled the most afflicted and endearing hero since Rushmore's Max Fischer. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "[S]tartling and excellent....Like the best satires, it makes you feel faintly guilty for laughing, which intensifies the pleasure of reading. It also keeps you hooked....Vernon himself is a brilliant comic creation..."
"Review" by , "Vernon God Little shows some promise, but it is not a good book. More important even than that, it's not a plausible book....However well Pierre's work might reflect the 'alarm and fascination' of Corey and his colleagues, what it doesn't reflect with any authority is America itself. It's a synthetic concoction of artificial flavors and colors, about as authentic a representation of American life as cherry soda is of the fresh fruit....Vernon God Little doesn't sound American, it doesn't sound Texan, and it doesn't sound teenage....Vernon God Little isn't really about school shootings in any meaningful way. The massacre is affixed to the book like a sticker vouching for its import, the thing that purportedly transforms it from a minor Salingeresque coming-of-age story into a 'coruscating black comedy reflecting our alarm and fascination with modern America'....Nevertheless, the French are lapping it up and so, now, are the British. Simply including a school shooting in your book or movie, apparently, is enough to mark it as a thoughtful commentary on American society, whether or not you've actually bothered to think about it."
"Synopsis" by , Fifteen-year-old Vernon Gregory Little is in trouble, and it has something to do with the recent massacre of 16 students at his high school. Soon, the quirky backwater of Martirio, barbecue capital of Texas, is flooded with wannabe CNN hacks, eager for a scapegoat.
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