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Vernon God Little [Hardcover]

DBC Pierre
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20 Jan 2003
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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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; First American Edition edition (20 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571215157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571215157
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 15 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If there's any justice, it is only a matter of time before the work of the curiously-named DBC Pierre becomes essential reading for anyone interested in cutting-edge writing today. Vernon God Little is a book that has a totally individual (and very quirky) identity, from a writer with a finger on the pulse of contemporary society (particularly its less comfortable aspects). Pierre is also a satirical writer in the vein of such talents as Terry Southern, and there is a manic quality to his work that makes the experience of reading him both disorienting and exhilarating. As a first novel, this is a remarkable achievement.

Teenager Vernon Gregory Little's life has been changed by the Columbine-style slaughter of a group of students at his high school. Soon his hole-in-the-wall town is blanketed under a media siege, and Vernon finds himself blamed for the killing (rather than the real culprit, a friend of Vernon's). Eulalio Ledesma is his particular nemesis, manipulating things so that Vernon becomes the fulcrum for the bizarre and vengeful impulses of the townspeople of Martirio. After a truly surrealistic set of events, Vernon finds himself heading for a fateful assignation in Mexico with the delectable Taylor Figueros (everyone in the book has names as odd as the author's).

By setting his novel in the barbecue-sauce capital of Central Texas, Pierre ensures that his narrative is going to be some distance from naturalistic writing. And as a scalpel-like satirical incision into the mores of contemporary America, reality TV and media hysteria, Vernon God Little often reads like a fractured modern-day take on such novels as John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces. --Barry Forshaw


'Funny and breathtakingly stroppy.' -- I-D Magazine, 1 February 2003

'Part satire, part pathos, Vernon God Little engages on all levels - intellectual, visceral, emotional, comedic ... A remarkable first novel.' -- Uncut, Book of the Month, February 1 2003

'Raw and vital, this novel, as Vernon so righteously says, 'fucken rocks'.' -- Elle Magazine 1 February 2003

'Read Vernon God Little not only for its dangerous relevance, but for the coruscating wit and raw vitality of its voice...' -- Jonathan Lethem

'Thanks to his sharp send-up of contemporary America ... DBC Pierre ... is rightly named as the US's [sic] latest literary wunderkind.' -- GQ Magazine, January 1 2003

'You know what this terrific book is like? It's like The Osbournes invited The Simpsons round for a root beer, and Don DeLillo dropped by to write a new song for Eminem.' -- Andrew O'Hagan

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like being tickled with a cheese grater 28 Aug 2005
God knows I tried my best to learn the ways of this world, even had inklings we could be glorious...
...but Vernon Little's small-town dreams are literally shot to pieces when his confused best friend massacres the teenagers who cruelly persecuted him, before turning the gun on himself and taking the truth with him. Vernon has an alibi, but it's just not good enough for a nation desensitized by the drama of CNN, and begins to realise that the American public need a bit of relish with their truth to stop it sticking in their throats. It ain't what you say, it's whether it comes with flashing neon and a free gift.
DBC Pierre's biting satire is of Big Mac proportions, spanning such diverse issues as justice, the ever-increasing power of the media, and the sordid secrets of humanity that so-called Western civilisation cannot bury, with an irreverence that belies the sharp insights. Pierre sculpted the ideal character for us to follow through these troubled times; Vernon Little may not be the cleverest person around, but he stumbles on 'learnings' that come closer to the truth about what makes us humans behave in the loving, violent way we do, than anything you can find in a textbook. Vernon is a character we as young adults can all identify with; he still carries an almost naive belief that people are essentially good, but cannot quite reconcile that belief with the events happening around him.
The rest of the cast in this 'reality-documentary' are surreal. Believe they are caricatures if you want, but I can see these people around us every day. Vernon's mother is a clingy, disillusioned woman, sliding hysterically into middle-age without having achieved anything in her life.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vernon, it was really nothing 12 Nov 2003
It is ironic that a Booker winning book is written entirely in an American voice, when - of course - Americans cannot enter. I suspect that there are niggles with unauthentic American references, just as there are wrinkles in the book generally. However, it is a great book with a narrator who is both frustratingly naive and deeply knowing. It draws the reader in, makes us care, and keeps us dangling until the end.
I wonder if this is how Donna Tartt would sound if she had a really firm editor? There is the same sense of mystery, and some of the same low life Americans, but much punchier pacing.
The other great thing about the book is that it is littered with genuinely funny puns. Don’t worry about the hype, don’t worry about the implausibility of the author, just let yourself laugh and cry with Vernon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original but flawed 11 Oct 2008
By Lendrick VINE VOICE
Booker winners seem to fall into 2 camps; studied literary works like The Sea or rollicking fantastical works like Midnights Children. VGL falls into the second category.

Told in the voice of 15 year old Vernon from small town Texas, the novel certainly has a original and mostly compelling voice. Not one everyone will like him, but it is I think what makes this a very good book, for all his flaws (and doubts about his actual role in the shooting) it is difficult not to warm to Vernon.

The story of the aftermath of a Columbine style school massacre seeks to make satirical points about obsession with possessions and celebrity. Some of it is quite telling, but I despite the claims on the cover I rarely found it laugh out loud funny. Vernon does become a bit irritating and I did give up on the book for a while. But I'm glad I went back to it as the closing section is the best part of the novel.

However I had two problems with the book; firstly the story is just too fantastical, in particular the success of the manipulative Lalio stretched my credulity beyond breaking point. More fundamentally though the satire on the life of the Vernon's mother and here friends is too broad and unsympathetic. I never truly believed in them, or that the author new people like them. This feels like writing at second hand rather than from real experience.

All in all though it is certainly worth a read, but not I think worthy of the lavish praise some have heaped on it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Warm, Warm Book 8 Jan 2004
After the first 20 pages I've got to admit that I was beginning to lose faith in this book. Sure the language was unusual, but that's been done before and better (if you're adventurous read a book called Sozaboy by Ken Saro-Wiwa) and the story had not yet gripped me. But patience paid off: Vernon God Little blindsided me and without noticing the transition I went from nearly hating the book to loving it.
Do I think it deserved the Booker Prize? Probably not. This book is not a great literary accomplishment (whatever that means), what it is - and what storytelling used to be before it got dirtied by overbearing academic purity - is a great warm yarn that leaves you with a big silly grin on your face. And sometimes that's all we want.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars U . S . EH??? 14 Jan 2003
I really couldn't wait to dive into this book. I admit I was a little giddy from all of those glowing comparisons I'd heard in the press: 'The Simpsons meet The Osbournes en route to Eminem," all of that tantalising praise seemed to make this book tailor-made for a contemporary Pop Culture Vulture like me.
I was expecting all the sharp Stateside wit of your average episode of Fraiser, but perhaps with swearing. Something fun but essentially throwaway. To be honest, I wasn't expecting a hard time.
The first difficulty I blundered across was the relentless voice of the main character, Vernon. This kid's language is hacked into harsh fragments of over-observed teen-speak; sometimes allegorical beyond the years of your average fifteen year old Mall-Rat. This was more like Henry Miller in 'Tropic of Cancer', but with an irksome Texan drawl.
I was then assaulted by the relentless introduction of the characters; a bloated band of widowed Harpies, a slimey selection of authority figures - all with disturbing ulterior motives, vacuous and unlikable fellow teens; all of these freaks were dealt out to me like a bad Poker hand. Oh, and did I mention that all of this was beset by the back-story of a shocking mass murder of sixteen schoolkids?
I wasn't enjoying myself at all. This was hard. This wasn't Homer Simpson saying: D'oh!
I read on, as the awful un-american events unfolded and became seedier and more hopeless. I began to sneer at the bleak nation that was so crudely mapped within the pages. I began to laugh at it.
I suppose that's where I sort of got it - acclimatized if you will. I was no longer on the side of slick, witty america and its throwaway one-liner, sanitized sit-com smugness.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable...
I wasn't particularly enjoying this book, and then I found myself gripped, and then let down... Was it just me, or did this seem like a rather odd choice as winner of the Booker... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Goddard
5.0 out of 5 stars flawless
A work of genius that fully deserved the Man Booker Prize. Rustic writing along the lines of Annie Proulx, but even better. Great plot.
Published 3 months ago by Shaun Attwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written. Best book I've read in years
I couldn't put this book down. I really felt the awkwardness of the little boy. Great characters. A definite for the 'must read' list!
Published 6 months ago by WeddingBox Venice
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Captivating and funny dialogue set against an awful tragedy. DBC Pierre has a wonderful style of writing, with extremely colourful characters. Would highly recommend
Published 7 months ago by Laura
4.0 out of 5 stars Vernon God Little
Smaller than expected paperback but it does what it has too for my duaghter's English Literature book review. Good price point
Published 10 months ago by Zahid Hussain
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book
The book combines a strong sense of humanity with the gritty and sad life of a teenager struggling with tough circumstances. Read more
Published 10 months ago by myra hunter
3.0 out of 5 stars Bored
DBC Pierre was born in South Australia in 1961, before moving to Mexico - where he was largely raised. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Craobh Rua
5.0 out of 5 stars Recomended for those who dont read books...............
had this before too. am reading it for the third time, DBC does irony like no one else.Just get it!
Published 11 months ago by klieglite
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my fave books ever
I love this book so much I have read it twice and bought it as a present for a friend. I would love to see it made into a film. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Chanatkins
2.0 out of 5 stars I am a disappointed reader
Frankly, a bit trite and repetitive. While it is funny and entertaining for the first thirty or so pages, I could not manage to read it through, which is rather unusual for me.. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dr. L. Alberg
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