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Can Satire be Gripping?

  • Jun 29, 2010
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D.B.C Pierre's Vernon God Little kept me glued to the pages, that's for sure. The absurd twists, turns, and hi-jinks definitely make for an enthralling read; Pierre definitely knows how to keep a reader engaged and entertained. Pierre also does something pretty breath taking with language, I would definitely call him a word wizard, he's able to create phrases in the English language that I didn't quite think were possible. My favourite part of the novel was the climactic (literally) “love scene” between the protagonist, Vernon, and his love interest, Taylor. Pierre’s use of language in that chapter is particularly stunning (it’s almost as if its poetry. Hell, it IS POETRY). Pierre’s use of word wizardry is reminiscent of E.E. Cummings, or the Kicks of Jack Kerouac.  Like the Beat poets before him, Pierre’s writing packs a PUNCH, and a POW, and a BAM. The book is also wildly hilarious, the character arch and development were pretty fleshed out, and the book itself explored many interesting themes, adolescent alienation, violence, media spin, American stereotyping, legal processes…But in the end, Vernon God Little is a simple coming of age story about a young man from little town Texas navigating through a world of adult absurdities. Pierre’s portrayal of the mother/son relationship between Vernon and his mother is pretty spot on, I found myself smirking as I identified with the peculiar & universal ‘motherly’ idiosyncrasies that both MY mother and Vernon’s mother had in common HA! The magic about Pierre’s writing, is that he takes common conceptions about things in life, flips them on their head and creates a sensational perspective that is both illuminating and enthralling.

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   I often wonder why quirky writing styles get such critical and literary acclaim. This novel is certainly quirky and at times darkly humorous. This satire of American culture uses a school shooting and the tidal wave of bad luck that befalls the idiotic 15 going on 16 year-old Vernon Little who is falsely accused of the crime. Pierre pokes a lot of fun at the media, small town gossip mongers, the police, teenagers, and number of other convenient targets. The characters are intentionally …
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I often wonder why quirky writing styles get such critical and literary acclaim. This novel is certainly quirky and at times darkly humorous. This satire of American culture uses a school shooting and the tidal wave of bad luck that befalls the idiotic 15 going on 16 year-old Vernon Little who is falsely accused of the crime. Pierre pokes a lot of fun at the media, small town gossip mongers, the police, teenagers, and number of other convenient targets. The characters are intentionally caricatures and very funny ones.

But in the end, the story  is not that interesting, not all that funny, nor all that entertaining. I scratch my head at how this won the Booker Prize.

I wish I had quit after the first chapter. It's not bad, but it's not that great either. I would skip it if I had to do it over again.

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ISBN-10: 1841954608
ISBN-13: 978-1841954608
Author: D.B.C. Pierre
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Canongate Books
Date Published: October 2003
Format: Hardback; Paperback
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