Vernon God Little

Vernon God Little

Book - 2003
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In the town jail of Martirio, Texas--under the terrifying care of the dynastic Gurie family, and wearing only his New Jack trainers and underpants--15-year-old Vernon Little is in trouble. His friend, the mysterious Jesus, has just blown away 16 of his classmates before turning the gun on himself.
Publisher: New York, NY : Canongate, 2003
ISBN: 9781841954608
1841954608
Branch Call Number: FICTION Pie
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 22 cm

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A heart-breaking black comedy. Vernon is the only survivor of school shooting. Is he a victim or a collaborator?

In the town jail of Martirio, Texas--under the terrifying care of the dynastic Gurie family, and wearing only his New Jack trainers and underpants--15-year-old Vernon Little is in trouble.


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lukasevansherman
Dec 11, 2015

This is by far the worst book I've read all year. It's incoherent, stupid, and ugly. D.B.C. ("dirty but clean" wtf?) Pierre no doubt thinks he's beeing very edgy and topical by dealing with school shootings, underage lust, and the media circus. His supposedly satiric version of America (he's Australian) is so grotesque and ludicrously overwrought as to be unrecognizable. What's more picking small town Texas idiots to make fun of isn't exactly edgy. Pierre seems to have absorbed his version of America via bad cable TV, video games, and trashy check out line magazines. Though supposedly comic, it's about as funny as a pencil stabbed into your ankle and broken off. And this won the Booker Prize (putting Pierre alongside Salman Rushdie & A.S. Byatt), which shows that just maybe some people in Britain want to see America as this horrible, violent, and senseless fun house. This is not me being provincial; there is much about our culture that is ripe for satire, but not by somebody who knows nothing about it or about writing. Man this book sucked so much. PS: A fun game to play when you get bored is spot the obscenity on every page.

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thelung2020
Jan 07, 2012

this book was VERY funny and a page turner as well. I thought the dialouge between the characters was great, and the plotline was superb! Vernon God Little is one of the best books of 2003 by far. I would highly recommend it to anybody looking for a great book to read. Also, its fairly short, and it reads fast, so you can probably finish in a fairly fast timeframe. Check it out at your local public library today!

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SusannahElf
May 18, 2010

I loved this book! It does play into our current fascination with school shootings and mass killings, but what I really appreciated was the subtle growth and maturing process of the narrator. At the novel's beginning, he is crass, self-centred and judgemental, an average unhappy teenager with below average status. The persecution he endures throughout the book somehow brings him out of himself and draws him toward compassion and gentleness. Really well written and compelling.

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PugMama
Jan 19, 2010

Excellent read. Good insights and comic relief. Enjoyed the uniqueness of Pierre's voice.

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SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"It's hot as hell in Martirio, but the papers on the porch are icy with the news."

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