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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

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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:

"[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:

"[O]bscenely entertaining....The suffering that underlies this novel is no sham emotion." Mark Swartz, Bookforum

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:

"[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:

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

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

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:

"[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:

"[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:

"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:

"[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

Synopsis:

When sixteen kids are shot on high school grounds, everyone looks for someone to blame. Meet Vernon Little, under arrest at the sheriff's office, a teenager wearing nothing but yesterday's underwear and his prized logo sneakers. Moments after the shooter, his best buddy, turns the gun on himself, Vernon is pinned as an accomplice. Out for revenge are the townspeople, the cable news networks, and Deputy Vaine Gurie, a woman whose zeal for the Pritikin diet is eclipsed only by her appetite for barbecued ribs from the Bar-B-Chew Barn. So Vernon does what any red-blooded American teenager would do; he takes off for Mexico.

Vernon God Little is a provocatively satirical, riotously funny look at violence, materialism, and the American media.

Synopsis:

When sixteen kids are shot on high school grounds, everyone looks for someone to blame. Meet Vernon Little, under arrest at the sheriff's office, a teenager wearing nothing but yesterday's underwear and his prized logo sneakers. Moments after the shooter, his best buddy, turns the gun on himself, Vernon is pinned as an accomplice. Out for revenge are the townspeople, the cable news networks, and Deputy Vaine Gurie, a woman whose zeal for the Pritikin diet is eclipsed only by her appetite for barbecued ribs from the Bar-B-Chew Barn. So Vernon does what any red-blooded American teenager would do; he takes off for Mexico.

Vernon God Little is a provocatively satirical, riotously funny look at violence, materialism, and the American media.

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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grsekar, September 13, 2006 (view all comments by grsekar)
to make it simple.... the novel is dirty but clean like the author himself....
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156029988
Author:
Pierre, DBC
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Orlando
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Texas
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
School violence
Subject:
High school students
Subject:
Massacres
Subject:
Black humor
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st harvest ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
15.
Publication Date:
June 15, 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.6 pd

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Product details 300 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156029988 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 , "[O]bscenely entertaining....The suffering that underlies this novel is no sham emotion."
"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 , "[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 , "Vernon has a gift for wordplay that would keep the shade of James Joyce amused."
"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."
"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 , "[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 , "[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 , "Vernon Little's polymorphous voice is the star of the novel...his simmeringly funny monologue [has] the scent of cracked poetry."
"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."
"Synopsis" by ,
When sixteen kids are shot on high school grounds, everyone looks for someone to blame. Meet Vernon Little, under arrest at the sheriff's office, a teenager wearing nothing but yesterday's underwear and his prized logo sneakers. Moments after the shooter, his best buddy, turns the gun on himself, Vernon is pinned as an accomplice. Out for revenge are the townspeople, the cable news networks, and Deputy Vaine Gurie, a woman whose zeal for the Pritikin diet is eclipsed only by her appetite for barbecued ribs from the Bar-B-Chew Barn. So Vernon does what any red-blooded American teenager would do; he takes off for Mexico.

Vernon God Little is a provocatively satirical, riotously funny look at violence, materialism, and the American media.

"Synopsis" by ,
When sixteen kids are shot on high school grounds, everyone looks for someone to blame. Meet Vernon Little, under arrest at the sheriff's office, a teenager wearing nothing but yesterday's underwear and his prized logo sneakers. Moments after the shooter, his best buddy, turns the gun on himself, Vernon is pinned as an accomplice. Out for revenge are the townspeople, the cable news networks, and Deputy Vaine Gurie, a woman whose zeal for the Pritikin diet is eclipsed only by her appetite for barbecued ribs from the Bar-B-Chew Barn. So Vernon does what any red-blooded American teenager would do; he takes off for Mexico.

Vernon God Little is a provocatively satirical, riotously funny look at violence, materialism, and the American media.

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