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Vernon God Little

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Awards

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

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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:

"[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:

"[E]rratic, sometimes darkly comic....Perry's wild energy offers entertaining satire as well as cringe-provoking scenes, and though he can write with incisive wit, this is a bumpy ride." Publishers 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:

"[T]he narrative voice of 15-year-old Vernon Little overwhelms everything else....Humor and mass murder make for strange bedfellows, and first-timer Pierre fails to find the tone that might harmonize them." Kirkus Reviews

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

Review:

"[C]ompulsively written...sure-footed in its satire....[A] quite scintillating black comedy by one of the most original talents in years....It is a showcase of superb comic writing, every sentence turned with loving care." David Robson, The London Telegraph

Review:

"Most things about this...novel are remarkable....[An] endlessly inventive voice that zings with energy....[F]ierce, crazed and passionate...may not be the most balanced book to emerge out of America this year, but it must be one of the most driven." Jonathan Heawood, The Observer (UK)

Review:

"Pierre renders adolescence brilliantly, capturing with seeming effortlessness the bright, contradictory hormone rush of teenage life....Holden Caulfield would have liked Vernon Little, especially if he'd had access to a stash of Ritalin." Sam Sifton, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A frenetic yet unexpectedly moving first novel....Vernon God Little is raucous and brooding, coarse and lyric, corrosive and sentimental." The New Yorker

Review:

"Vernon has a gift for wordplay that would keep the shade of James Joyce amused." Boston Globe

Review:

"Vernon Little's polymorphous voice is the star of the novel...his simmeringly funny monologue [has] the scent of cracked poetry." The Los Angeles Times

Review:

"The stereotypes are broad....America may have difficulty finding the humor in this novel, but equally troubling is the inauthenticity of the narrative voice." Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN:
9781841954608
Author:
Pierre, DBC
Publisher:
Canongate Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Drugs
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Massacres
Subject:
FICTION / Literary
Copyright:
Series Volume:
108-124
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
825x550

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Product details 288 pages Canongate Books - English 9781841954608 Reviews:
"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 , "[E]rratic, sometimes darkly comic....Perry's wild energy offers entertaining satire as well as cringe-provoking scenes, and though he can write with incisive wit, this is a bumpy ride."
"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 , "[T]he narrative voice of 15-year-old Vernon Little overwhelms everything else....Humor and mass murder make for strange bedfellows, and first-timer Pierre fails to find the tone that might harmonize them."
"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."
"Review" by , "[C]ompulsively written...sure-footed in its satire....[A] quite scintillating black comedy by one of the most original talents in years....It is a showcase of superb comic writing, every sentence turned with loving care."
"Review" by , "Most things about this...novel are remarkable....[An] endlessly inventive voice that zings with energy....[F]ierce, crazed and passionate...may not be the most balanced book to emerge out of America this year, but it must be one of the most driven."
"Review" by , "Pierre renders adolescence brilliantly, capturing with seeming effortlessness the bright, contradictory hormone rush of teenage life....Holden Caulfield would have liked Vernon Little, especially if he'd had access to a stash of Ritalin."
"Review" by , "A frenetic yet unexpectedly moving first novel....Vernon God Little is raucous and brooding, coarse and lyric, corrosive and sentimental."
"Review" by , "Vernon has a gift for wordplay that would keep the shade of James Joyce amused."
"Review" by , "Vernon Little's polymorphous voice is the star of the novel...his simmeringly funny monologue [has] the scent of cracked poetry."
"Review" by , "The stereotypes are broad....America may have difficulty finding the humor in this novel, but equally troubling is the inauthenticity of the narrative voice."
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