Vernon God Little

Vernon God Little

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WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2003

WINNER OF THE 2003 WHITBREAD FIRST NOVEL PRIZE

Named as one of the 100 Best Things in the World by GQ magazine in 2003, the riotous adventures of Vernon Gregory Little in small town Texas and beachfront Mexico mark one of the most spectacular, irreverent and bizarre debuts of the twenty-first century so far. Its depiction of innocence and simple humanity (all seasoned with a dash of dysfunctional profanity) in an evil world is never less than astonishing. The only novel to be set in the barbecue sauce capital of Central Texas, Vernon God Little suggests that desperate times throw up the most unlikely of heroes.

'A showpiece of superb comic writing . . . Out of the detritus of a morally bankrupt society, Pierre has fashioned a work of comic art.' Sunday Telegraph

'In a just world, this ridiculously funny first novel would come free with every television set . . . Not since reading John Kennedy O'Toole's masterpiece, A Confederacy of Dunces . . . have I laughed so much or felt such sheer delight at the discovery of a wholly fresh comic voice . . . this novel reads like a modern day fairytale.' Mail on Sunday
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 122 x 197 x 20mm | 226g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0571215165
  • 9780571215164
  • 14,822

About DBC Pierre

When not travelling far and wide DBC Pierre divides his time between England and a mountainside in Ireland. Vernon God Little, his debut novel, won the Man Booker Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award, and was followed by Ludmila's Broken English and Lights Out in Wonderland. He is also the author of a collection of short fictions, Petit Mal, and a Hammer novella, Breakfast with the Borgias.
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Rating details

26,184 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
5 22% (5,736)
4 36% (9,371)
3 27% (7,044)
2 10% (2,672)
1 5% (1,361)

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A vivid description of today's superficial society that identifies with reality-shows' actors and finds life values in shallow TV-shows. A story about the power of the media that control people's choices by forging "truths" that people will buy - in any sense - without questioning. Vernon Little is only a pretext for the story, he's himself too part of this society and plays its game. He's not a nonconformist hero who is misunderstood, but a whimsical character with a weak identity that doesn't touch the reader. Contrary to what somebody has suggested, he's certainly very far from Holden Caulfield, The catcher in the rye, a true independent player with a rich emotional life.show more
by Agnese Mariotti
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