A good read

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre




2003's Booker Prize Winning book is a powerful commentary on today's trial-by-media culture in the US. The story is told by 15-year old Vernon whose colourful language and engaging style makes it a fantastic read. Some of his expressions had me howling though his 'Texanese' (term not my own) took a bit of getting used to.

Vernon is the sole survivor of a murderous rampage carried out by his classmate Jesus on his class (akin to the Columbine disaster) and is promptly framed as a co-conspirator. He pleads innocent in the face of mounting evidence against him. Some of it his own blundering confessions. There were times when I could not read on for fear of what poor Vernon was leading himself into. He is surrrounded by a host of dysfunctional beings headed by his very own mother and her motley group of friends. The ending is not hard-to-predict but telling it here would be a spoiling the fun.
Vernon's biting sarcasm and the devastatingly funny humour is a rare treat and certainly not one to miss. Two thumbs up, Vern!

5 Comments:

  • Ah....finally....u finished the book !!....can see u liked....but sill not sure if u enjoyed it !?

    By Blogger ~phobiac~, at 3:55 AM  

  • great blog you got here. i think i'll read reviews here before picking up a book!

    By Blogger karthik, at 9:59 AM  

  • Hmmm... I guess I'll be picking up this book from the library tomorrow.

    By Blogger Shyam, at 12:00 PM  

  • Hey, I'm reading this book now - I forgot I'd picked it up from the library. It kinda went to the bottom of my bag of 10 books, so here I am, reading it now. You're right about the odd-but-hilarious expressions... I'm gonna make a list of them ;)

    By Blogger Shyam, at 5:28 AM  

  • Aha! nice read, had a long desire to read this book.thanks for that summary

    By Blogger Amrita, at 4:54 AM  

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