Would you be able to spend a million dollars in cash and leave yourself penniless if it meant you would then be given many more millions? That’s poor Monty Brewster’s dilemma in this charming tale.
Just as poor Monty Brewster, twice heir to a fortune, is beginning to adjust to his cold and distant grandfather’s “paltry” million-dollar bequest, an even more mysterious benefactor emerges offering to leave him some “real” wealth. All he has to do is be penniless at nine o’clock on the morning of his 26th birthday. It seems like an easy task, but Monty discovers that it is no simple matter to divest oneself of a million dollars, especially as the bank insists on paying him $19,607.84 in interest per day. And what can you do when each ridiculous “sure-loss” suddenly skyrockets when you invest in it? Money seems to flow in faster than a person can throw it overboard. And then there are Peggy and Barbara; how are they going to react to each attempt to squander a fortune? Can Monty keep the girl while losing the money?
First published in 1902 under the pseudonym Richard P. Greaves, Brewster’s Millions was one of George Barr McCutcheon’s most successful titles. The prolific author was noted for his ability to write page-turners, full of vivid characters and with an attention to detail. There have, in fact, been six movie versions of this one book, most recently starring Richard Pryor and John Candy. That is vivid testament to a great story well told.
Public Domain (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Bought this on the strength of fond memories of the film with Richard Prior. Yes the original story is different, thank you Hollywood. Even so, it is a charming story about holding your nerve, keeping your eye on the prize and trusting in your ability to do what no-one else has done, on purpose. I do like Monty Brewster and the trouble he had to become a pauper and how he knew who his friends were by the ones who stuck with him. Old fashioned but delightfully well written full of colloquialisms of the time.
Bronson Pinchot rocks as a narrator. I enjoyed listening to the story, and another I will be listening to more than once. The narrator made the story even better. I laughed and liked how, although written so long ago, it is still has validity for today.
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