Vernon God Little

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Canongate U.S., 2003 - Fiction - 279 pages
565 Reviews
In the town jail of Martirio - the barbecue sauce capital of Central Texas - sits fifteen-year-old Vernon Little, dressed only in New Jack trainers and underpants. He is in trouble.
His friend Jesus has just blown away sixteen of his classmates before turning the gun on himself. And Vernon, as his only buddy, has become the focus of the town's need for vengeance.
The news of the tragedy has resulted in the quirky backwater being flooded with wannabe CNN hacks all-too-keen to claim their fifteen minutes and lay the blame for the killings at Vernon's feet. In particular Eulalio Ledesma, who begins manipulating matters so that Vernon becomes the centre for the bizarre and vengeful impulses of the townspeople of Martirio.
But Vernon is sure he'll be ok. "Why do movies end happy? Because they imitate life. You know it, I know it."
Peopled by a cast of grotesques, freaks, cold-blooded chattering housewives (who are all mysteriously, recently widowed), and one very special adolescent with an unfortunate talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Vernon God Little is riotously funny and puts lust for vengeance, materialism, and trial by media squarely in the dock.
  

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I'm still struggling with the ending. - Goodreads
Very stylistic, loved the prose. - Goodreads
Original writer, impossible to put down. - Goodreads
Great plot and cutting characters. - Goodreads
That doesn't mean it was easy to read. - Goodreads
The book's title comes from timely jailhouse advice. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Den Tiny - Goodreads

I don't know why the judgment went like that. I sometimes couldn't believe that this story made me laugh while i was reading it. At first I barely to read it because of the words this book use in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

This book reminded me of The Catcher in the Rye mixed with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. A great read - a well-structured combination of comedy and seriousness. A proper bildunsgroman. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
12
Section 3
19
Section 4
29
Section 5
38
Section 6
78
Section 7
86
Section 8
103
Section 15
180
Section 16
191
Section 17
2-3
Section 18
2-15
Section 19
2-30
Section 20
2-37
Section 21
2-43
Section 22
2-53

Section 9
114
Section 10
122
Section 11
138
Section 12
147
Section 13
155
Section 14
168
Section 23
2-63
Section 24
2-66
Section 25
2-74
Section 26
2-79
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About the author (2003)

DBC Pierre is the pen name of Peter Finlay, who was born in Australia in 1961 and divided most of the first twenty-three years of his life between Texas and Mexico City. He lives in Ireland.

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