Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2003
Teenager Vernon Gregory Little's life has been changed by the Columbine-style slaughter of a group of students at his high school. Soon his hole-in-the-wall town is blanketed under a media siege, and Vernon finds himself blamed for the killing. Eulalio Ledesma is his particular nemesis, manipulating things so that Vernon becomes the fulcrum for the bizarre and vengeful impulses of the townspeople of Martirio. After a truly surrealistic set of events, Vernon finds himself heading for a fateful assignation in Mexico with the delectable Taylor Figueros...
©2003 D.B.C. Pierre (P)2004 WF Howes Ltd
I hardly know what to say about it even though I've been assaulting my husband with updates as the story unfolds as I listed to it in two days straight.
It's un-put-downable, it deserved the Booker prize 100% & everyone should read this book.
In spite of the sad setting for the book the story unfolds in a bizarre but strangely (very, very strangely) believable form.
The story of Vernon Little epitomises American culture as viewed from the outside. Vernon is 15, we quickly discover he is a caring & fairly intelligent teenager - though very much a teenager. He's accused as accessory to murder on spurious reasoning & distinct lack of evidence & yet the case continues.
I loved this book (in case you didn't guess already). In spite of many "No - I do not believe this" moments - you do believe it. In a world where reality television is as popular as it is there is nothing in this book that surpasses the ridiculousness of reality.
But it does highlight the ridiculousness of reality & that is what makes the book wildly funny.
The narration is superb, it does not let the story down.
Go along for the ride. You will never be sorry you did.
A sad day caused by a sad and confused teenager begins this sequence of bad ideas followed by bad decisions. Vernon Little lives in a world full of awful people. His unfortunate circumstances, and the ignorant people that surround him lead him through a litany of mistakes, digging a deeper and deeper hole for himself until he finds himself on death row. I loved the very dark humour of this book, and the narration perfectly paints a picture of these unlikeable characters, in contrast with the unfortunate Vernon, who you root for, seemingly without much hope, as he really doesn't help himself. You have to hope that the representation here of the flaws in the criminal justice system in this southern American town is based on fiction, but you are left wondering...
started to listen to this book, and was bombarded with swearing words. It felt like 90 % of the language are f-words, supplemented by other not less strong swearing words. gave up to listening after an hour, impossible to grasp the story line through the jungle of swearing language. unplesant experience..
"A learning: This is a great book"
Dark, twisted, hilarious.
The closest I can get is to say it's like 'Catcher In The Rye' if it had been written by Warren Ellis.
This is my first time listening to one of Nick Landrum's performances but he does an excellent job and I certainly hope to listen to more books he has narrated.
'If you think you're having a bad day, watch this and think again.'
Don't be put off by the tragic nature of this book's inciting incident. It is extremely well written and genuinely funny. Definitely the best book I've read this year.
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