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Vernon God Little

A book by DBC Pierre

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An animated novel that offers base insights to sleazy human actions.

  • Jan 9, 2008
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Vernon God Little is a dissecting and vitriolic literary overview of the modern American culture and its media obsessed thirst for celebrity, looks, and fame (both good and bad). Though, to some extent the novel is minutely inflated, DBC Pierre, the pseudonym for Peter Finlay, it does indeed touch a nerve that internally says, "Finlay's not too far off the mark."

Vernon God Little takes place on school grounds, and when sixteen kids are murdered in a rage killing, Vernon Little, because he was on friendly terms with the student killer and had some insights on the boiling rage that seethed inside him, becomes suspect number one, all due to police incompetence, unrestrained media involvement and witnesses who give false testimony. When all that is merged into the pot and heaped against a boy who is not fully developed intellectually and in many other respects, DBC Pierre, creates and an almost credible scenario for his protagonist, a skittish flight to Mexico, an escape from the dominating lights, cameras and ridiculously incessant "How do you feel?" questions that reporters and media personnel often like to harass citizens and victims with.

The dialogue of the novel is realistically imbued with hard bitten and cynical indifference, for the act of murder is not really murder to some people; it is unreality. The conveyance of genuine human suffering by those left behind after an unimaginable tragedy is in some skewered perception of folks not of grief but an acting competition for who can obtain the most time on camera. DBC Pierre conveys that observation very very well; it is one of the hard truths laced throughout the book.

Vernon God Little my not be one of the best novels to have won England's preeminent writing prize-the Man Booker-but it sure did earn its nomination, for it is brooding, crude, acerbic, all the fancy terminology; it does reflect-sad to admit-our present-day-culture. And when a novelist (not to mention a first timer) is able to convey an unpleasant truth (even if we want to ignore it), you have to admit, that's one hell of an achievement!

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review by . May 08, 2013
An animated novel that offers base insights to sleazy human actions.
Vernon God Little is a dissecting and vitriolic literary overview of the modern American culture and its media obsessed thirst for celebrity, looks, and fame (both good and bad). Though, to some extent the novel is minutely inflated, DBC Pierre, the pseudonym for Peter Finlay, it does indeed touch a nerve that internally says, "Finlay's not too far off the mark."      Vernon God Little takes place on school grounds, and when sixteen kids are murdered in a rage killing, …
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honest, raw literature ... great insight to human interaction
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The surprise winner of the 2003 Man Booker Prize, DBC Pierre's debut novel,Vernon God Little, makes few apologies in its darkly comedic portrait of Martirio, Texas, a town reeling in the aftermath of a horrific school shooting. Fifteen-year-old Vernon Little narrates the first-person story with a cynical twang and a four-letter barb for each of his diet-obsessed townsfolk. His mother, endlessly awaiting the delivery of a new refrigerator, seems to exist only to twist an emotional knife in his back; her friend, Palmyra, structures her life around the next meal at the Bar-B-Chew Barn; officer Vaine Gurie has Vernon convicted of the crime before she's begun the investigation; reporter Eulalio Ledesma hovers between a comforting father-figure and a sadistic Bond villain; and Jesus, his best friend in the world, is dead--a victim of the killings. As his life explodes before him, Vernon flees his home in pursuit of a tropical fantasy: a cabin on a beach in Mexico he once saw in the movieAgainst All Odds. But the police--and TV crews--are in hot pursuit.

Vernon God Little is a daring novel and demands a patient reader, not because it is challenging to read--Pierre's prose flows effortlessly, only occasionally slipping from the unmistakable voice of his hero--but because the book skates so precariously between the almost taboo subject of school violence and the literary gamesmanship of postmodern fiction. Yet, as the novel unfolds, Pierre's parodic version of American culture never ...

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ISBN-10: 0156029987
ISBN-13: 978-0156029988
Author: DBC Pierre
Publisher: Mariner Books

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