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2003 Booker Prize Winner

Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre

       
 

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Length: 277 pages

About: High-school massacre suspect on run

Style: 1st person

Where: US (Texas) and Mexico

When: 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publisher’s synopsis:

 

Vernon Gregory Little has secrets – but none of them, or so he assumes, have anything to do with the recent massacre of sixteen students at his high school. What he cannot see is that the quirky Texan backwater of Martirio is unable to face its role in the tragedy, and has become a deadly crucible as all eyes turn on Vernon. The media, his mother’s social circle, and the increasingly prosperous townsfolk lead Vernon a merry dance of self-incrimination, as he flees to Mexico and is captured and put on trial as Texas’ most notorious serial killer. Then on the afternoon of his execution, Vernon conceives a wholly modern solution to his dilemma – one that calls for the greatest crime of all.

 

 

Extract:

 

‘Just the fact I’m helping the investigation is enough to give her fucken Tourette’s Syndrome, or whatever they call the thing where your arms fly around at random.’

 

 

 

Reviews:

Good:

 

Simply as an indictment of American justice, Vernon God Little is chilling and hilarious. But the novel is much, much more than that. It is a showcase of superb comic writing, every sentence turned with loving care. 

The Daily Telegraph, David Robinson, February 2003 

 

 

 

Not so good:

 

While British critics enthusiastically compared 'Vernon' to classics like 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' and 'The Catcher in the Rye', the book actually reads more like Beavis and Butt-head trying to do Nathanael West.

New York Times, Michiko Kakutani

 

 

 

About the author

 

He was born in South Australia in 1961, before moving to Mexico, where Pierre was largely raised. Having since lived in Spain, Australia, England and the West Indies, he now resides in the Republic of Ireland. He has worked as a designer and is internationally published as a cartoonist.

 

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Ratings

Adventure

  6

Filmability

  7

Historical

  0

Humorous

  7

Intellectuality

  3

Life-changing

  6

Page turner

  6

Readability

  8

Romance

  1

 

Age guide: 12+

 

 

 

Novels by same author:

 

Adaptations:

In 2004 The Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, performed the international premier stage adaptation by Andrea Hart and directed by Kenny Miller. In 2005, Variety reported that Pawel Pawlikowski was working on producing a film adaptation of the book, with FilmFour Productions. Rufus Norris directed a stage adaptation, by Tanya Ronder, at the Young Vic theatre in 2007 starring Colin Morgan as Vernon and Penny Layden as Vaine.

German director Werner Herzog is lining up a film adaptation of Vernon God Little, with script written by Andrew Birkin.

 

© PWF.co.uk

 

 

 

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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