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If at first you don't succeed, he said, get wasted off your fucken ass. It's good advice, because although Vernon believes he is acting for the best, the absurdities of an unjust world are stacked against him. As he tries to flee to Mexico, dreaming of a beach hut just like in the movies, more bodies appear and the Bar-B-Chew Barn - almost a character in its own right - sets up a local Swat team to hunt him down.
Private enterprise, in the form of the Barn and an exploitative TV reporter, comes in for a fair few swipes in Vernon God Little. He is betrayed and martyred. And all his mother can do is eat the Barn's Chik'n'Mix and pray for a side-by-side fridge special edition, almond shade. The ending of Vernon God Little is too good to reveal. By the time you reach it, you are likely to be in a vulnerable state, dazed by the powerful Texas twang that vibrates through the dialogue and struck dumb by Vernon's fierce longing to escape Martirio.
It's a measure of Pierre's skill and cunning that, having lulled you into his world, he boots you out of it with an explosive and extravagantly satisfying finale. And it's a measure of his sly, sleazy humour that the final, clinching image is that of the cover of Time magazine, featuring, literally, crap. The dialogue, in pure Texanese, jumps off the page, especially when the ladies are talking as they often do about food: That's not entirely divorced from reality, of course, but In general I like reading books about America by non-Americans, both for perspective's sake and to test their veracity.
That's not entirely divorced from reality, of course, but the boring, mundane truth doesn't sell books and win prizes in foreign countries. The novel relies on the reader's believing that "Beavis and Butt-Head" is a more accurate portrayal of American life than "King of the Hill. In some places it reminded me a lot of Bob Dylan's "Chronicles"; it had that same smart-guy-pretending-to-be-dumb-hick vibe, and whatever idiot-savant pretensions it had would be quickly given away by a flashy metaphor or turn of phrase.
In order to even get that far, of course, you have to ignore the central implausibility of the book: Look at what happened with the accessories to Columbine. I thought the last few chapters were great, mostly because "Pierre" abandoned all pretense of plausibility and just let his imagination go nuts. Aug 28, Danyellemastro rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wow -such split reviews when it comes to this unique and incredible book. I see that a lot of those that gave it one star often gave up halfway, or where put off by the swearing - but the last 3rd of the book blew me away.
I picked up this unlikely book as it is included on my things to read before you die, and whilst I was expecting teenage angst, swearing and snarling, I wasn't expecting to be touched so sincerely by characters that seem so unlikable at the start, and in fact spent the la Wow -such split reviews when it comes to this unique and incredible book.
I picked up this unlikely book as it is included on my things to read before you die, and whilst I was expecting teenage angst, swearing and snarling, I wasn't expecting to be touched so sincerely by characters that seem so unlikable at the start, and in fact spent the last 15 pages sobbing!! Please, give this dirty little whirlwind a chance, and stick it out.
I guarantee you will take more from the ending than you can imagine. A fabulous debut, and an author to watch. Finished reading this novel last week, but needed more time to start writing this review. If you are not got acquainted with American slank, you will feel a little bit annoyed by the excessive use of American teenagers lingo. Obviously, this is a novel that can be included in the Guinnes Book of Records as the novel with most f-word in all of its forms.
I had estimated that at least there would be some f-words in this novel of course I am using sampling techniq Finished reading this novel last week, but needed more time to start writing this review. I had estimated that at least there would be some f-words in this novel of course I am using sampling techniques.
But, amazingly, seemed that Mr. Dirty But Clean Pierre could read his reader's mind. Unexpectedly, the f-word vanished in the last one-third part of the novel so I wrong, because I assumed that the population of f-word in this novel is homogenous. I won't tell you why this drastic change happened. You should read it by yourself. It's just amazing, how a little, unimportant thing of using or not using f-word can give impact on the interpretation yeah, at least for me of the whole story.
Finlay the real name of DBC Pierre surely a good story teller. He can make me engaged to his novel. Actually, I could not help reading the last one-third of this novel some five hours non-stop, while the next day I had a helluva works to do.
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To make it short if you want a more detail review, just visit Wiki , this novel is about a 15 turned to 16 years old boy, Vernon Gregory Little, who was suffered from his best friend's mass-murdering, because of his bowel movement can't you imagine that??? Opened with the interogation and ended with the revealation of what's really happened, climaxed in the execution process, the novel is just an effortless prose of Mr.
Pierre, positioning himself as a nasty, sarcastic, full of angst, yet attracting your sympathy, teenage boy. The phrases, which seemed like a produce of unthoughtful thought, are just mesmerizing, make you ponder hard.
Or is it just a clumsy thought of a depressed teenager? Unanimously, this novel categorized as a dark comedy. You know I'm in a kind of hating a dark story, while I like comedies. But now, I think that I just love the marriage of the two. While sometimes I think the imagination of Mr. Pierre came to wild isn't it absurd that the people of America chose the one to be executed through SMS voting??? Oh my, I just can't stand it!
Right, it is a satirical, dark, comic novel. But, I'm really disturbed by this American Idol parody! Both stories are messy, while Chabon's can be considered as a civilized novel. Finally, my homage to the jury of Man Booker Prize You certainly know how to pick the winner. FYI, four of five jury voted for this novel to be the year's winner. Sep 19, K.
This is a challenging read especially for those who are not familiar with Texan way of talking. There are just too many words or phrases that I did not understand while reading and it slowed down my pace, thought of dropping the book, remembering what my brother used to say that "tiring your eyes is actually reading because reading should have understanding" and all these made the book less enjoyable. That's why I am rating this book with a 3 when it could have been an easy 4 or even 5.
But with This is a challenging read especially for those who are not familiar with Texan way of talking. But with the aid of Wiki, I was able to slowly but surely finished the book. I was able to follow the plot by cheating haha and referring to the book reviews both on or off Goodreads.
At least I finished the book and I thought I understood its message and appreciated its beauty. Beauty this book really has. There is poetry in the prose and yet not the Hallmark-kind of beauty. The sentences are peppered with vulgarity, profanity and obscenity. Yet, there are thought-provoking phrases Texan vernacular maybe but maybe not as long as it is beautiful that will prompt you to stop and analyze and think about it for a second.
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Here is an example: It is only when he takes responsibility of his life even at that tender age of 16 when he is able to control the situation and his life as a whole. This book also tackles many ills that our society has: The book is also compared to "Huckleberry Finn" and it does have some semblance because of the Vernon's coming-of-age that coincide with his awakening in terms of truth and awareness of what's going on, inclusive of both good and bad, in this world.
The teenage angst of Holden Caulfield in "Catcher in the Rye" is also evident but Vernon's character has a transformation compared to the consistent characterization Salinger gave to Caulfield. Overall, not my favorite Booker winner but worthy of the prize I think. Challenging read but worth your every minute. Just don't give it up in the middle. Finish it because the best "the redemption" is in the last part. Vernon God Little is a book of how the rest of the world perceives America.
It reads like what is wrong with the society - the intrusive media, the TV centric materialistic lifestyle, the attention seekers, the gossip mongers and the complete apathy towards sanctity of human life. Vernon Gregory Little is a 15 year old live victim of a school shoot out whom people with ambition are out to get.
Narrated in first person, we know he is innocent and part of a dysfunctional neighborhood. Almost the en Vernon God Little is a book of how the rest of the world perceives America. Almost the entire book is on how fate seems to be against him before he finds God.
The first half of the book, Vernon almost dares you to like him - under all the cussing with swear words in every sentence, some with 2. Some of Vernon's profound observations and remarks causes a smile and makes us feel warm.
Vernon God Little
But then, they too are not quote worthy in their uncensored form. One blurb read 'There is a joke in every page' and I got wondering if I was reading a different book! The book is a satirical take yes, but definitely not for the laughs unless you are the type who laughs at human misery and shit Almost all characters are extremely stereotypical. Vernon's mom is a train wreck and her friends are the gossip bunch. The town people are opportunistic and the mexican attorney a caricature. I'm not entirely sure if it is because of the first person narrative. Despite it being a quick read and booker winner too - made me wonder about the rest of the books that year and in the satire genre, this is not a book I really enjoyed.
Jul 20, Lauren rated it liked it Shelves: I can understand why people might hate this novel. I can understand why they may be disgusted in its handling of such serious subject matter, and I can understand how they might dislike the titular protagonist. I don't know if it's growing up on South Park, growing up in suburban Texas where all these characters ring true in a hyperbolic manner, or if it's feeling like a red-blooded, black sheep in my high school years that leads me to relate to Vernon to just clench this novel in my fists like a I can understand why people might hate this novel.
I don't know if it's growing up on South Park, growing up in suburban Texas where all these characters ring true in a hyperbolic manner, or if it's feeling like a red-blooded, black sheep in my high school years that leads me to relate to Vernon to just clench this novel in my fists like a kitten.
Had they not been so wild and unique in and of themselves, I can't stand to say the novel had much going for it. Not that I insist on unhappy endings, but it felt sewn together with the laziness of an attempt to appeal to the reader opposite of the original intentions of the novel. It would've had a much harder-hitting impact had DBC not taken the route he did. Regardless, the voice behind it was realistic enough to make me love Vernon.
Which is why I'm so tempted to bump it up a star. But even my Texan ass knows that's irrational. And Texans usually aren't capable of deciding what's irrational. Jan 05, Abhishek Rao rated it really liked it. Vernon God Little is a book. And what a book it is! In an age where people have come to prefer the brilliant scripts and beautiful cinematography of American television to fiction, Vernon God Little dazzles with its vivid setting, fast-paced storyline, and its amazingly visual style of first-person narrative.
The novel is Vernon God Little is a book. Fifteen-year-old Vernon Gregory Little, the narrator, is suspected to be the gunman in a high school shootout that killed 16 of his classmates, and which he was unwilling witness to. The State implicates Vernon Little for the massacre, and piles circumstantial evidence and half-truth testimonies against him. The television media laps up the prime time crime coverage, often egging on and aiding the investigation. Vernon remains impassive in the midst of it all as he tries to make sense or light of his situation, and plots his escape to Mexico.
The novel is sarcastic in its tone and funny in every scene, like your foul-mouthed friend you loved hanging around with when you were fifteen, because he just cracked you up every time. Typical teenage American slang that you tend to read with a Texan twang, the language is colourful and rife with swear words and scatological jokes. Knowing her, she'd probably say 'underpants' or something. The derision of the novel is mostly directed at the ruthless world of tabloid-like television news, and is quite eye-opening.
The pace and parlance change three-fourths of the way through the novel: The climax is one of the best I have read yet. Vernon God Little is a must-read. If it were not DBC Pierre's debut, and had he ironed out little glitches in his writing, I would give this book nothing less than 5 stars. Go pick it up! Afreen and Ani - this was the best farewell gift I could have asked for. Superbly brilliant and sublime Post Modern novel, DBC's stands for Dirty But Clean is a five star read for me and it will stay with me for a long time to come.
VGL is a five Act novel not unlike Shakespeare's five Act Tragedies and written on a similar if not modernist level with the old bard! The writing is sublime and the characterisations of every character except the narrator Vernon seem more like caricatures, they made me cringe, laugh and disturbed me deeply on every level. The plot set i Superbly brilliant and sublime Post Modern novel, DBC's stands for Dirty But Clean is a five star read for me and it will stay with me for a long time to come. The plot set in an eerily plausible middle America was nothing short of relevant to the times we live in, with a focus on a human nature that I am increasingly becoming embarrassed to be a part of!
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Filled with harsh observations of human nature at it's extreme and ugliest, and all this delivered with a language of unrelenting cynicism and word plays which I loved. DBC seems to hit on so many important issues that we are faced with today, Media saturation, judgement imposing societies, teenage and adult bullying, naivety of the weak verses the strong, and the plot leaves no room for misinterpretation. I Particularly loved the Powerdime, couldn't stop laughing reminded me of a Vonnegut novel. May 22, S. Arnott rated it it was ok Shelves: The author has a terrific turn of phrase, but the plot staggers around like a drunk and eventually falls flat on its face.
There's an attempt to fill in some of the plot holes with dollops of magical realism, but this is as unwelcome as it is unsuccessful. Although I was engaged with the characters at the start of the book, I quickly lost any interest in them. It was a struggle to finish. It was a shame; I kept seeing flashes of the brilliant novel this could have been, but these twinkled out of e The author has a terrific turn of phrase, but the plot staggers around like a drunk and eventually falls flat on its face.
It was a shame; I kept seeing flashes of the brilliant novel this could have been, but these twinkled out of existence as quickly as they appeared. I'm not that surprised it won the Booker Prize. It tends to be a magnet for pseudo-intellectuals. Wasn't blown away by the book but liked how the story unfolds and how even though it's written in a very colloquial first person, it has some very poetic touches. Very well written, just didn't find it gripping enough.
One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. In theory one wouldn't think a book a bout a Columbine type schoool massacre would be funny, but this has moments of laugh out loud hilarity. Set in Martirio Texas the book is narrated by 15 year old Vernon Little, a foul mouthed kid whose best friend shoots sixteen classmates and then turns the gun on himself. But the real story is what happens after, when Vernon unfairly gets linked to the murders and the circus that erupts. The author with keen and razor sharp insight satirizes small town America, the media and the public's gross infatuation with it, reality television, and even the constitution.
Based on the direction this country seems to be heading at the present time I found this book more than relevant and almost a little frightening in it's accuracy. I too was interested to read this book after hearing it was a first novel by a new writer that won the Booker Prize. I really had high hopes. But try as I may, I simply cannot get through it. I will agree with other comments here that the humor is forced, and not too funny. A lot of it is based on cruel slams about women past their prime, snide remarks about country folks.
Don't know if it was meant to be cruel, but it comes off as mean-spirited, and does not seem to be coming strictly through the voice of the main character. I realize that Vernon is not meant to be Pollyanna or anything, but this is unrelentingly hard on everybody and everything. I could not maintain my interest in the plot. I know it is difficult to write a book, but I think this needed editing. Hope the author finds some happiness with his prize money, and his next project finds a better editor. This is unlikely, since he did win a big prize for this mess. The book is well written. Although the plot takes place in Texas, the book was written by a Brit and won the booker prize.
Certain aspect such as falling in love with a college coed and the instability of the psychologist are a little far fetched but makes sense in the long run. See all reviews. Most recent customer reviews. I thought the first ish pages were Published 9 months ago. Published 1 year ago. Published on December 12, Published on August 21, What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? There's a problem loading this menu right now. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations.
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