The Last Temptation of Clarence Odbody
What if George Bailey wasn’t saved by his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, on that snowy Christmas Eve in Bedford Falls? This reimagining of the beloved Frank Capra classicIt’s a Wonderful Life (and the Phillip Van Doren Stern story that inspired it) tells the story of Bedford Falls and its inhabitants after the death of their drama’s central character.
The Last Temptation of Clarence Odbody restores the dark undercurrent of the Van Doren Stern’s short story "The Greatest Gift” to the uplifting plot of Capra’s film, and explores how the familiar characters in it might respond to the dire circumstances created by George Bailey’s disappearance from their lives. The paths of an introspective cab driver, a ruthless henchman, and a wayward daughter collide nearly twenty years later in the town that defined their reputations for better or for worse.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - grandpahobo - LibraryThing
I found this book both fascinating and unsettling. The author has taken the story of Its a Wonderful Life and turned it on its ear. The story starts by drastically altering the plot. The remainder of ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DonCranford - LibraryThing
Well thought out book. Pierson really brings these characters to life. I was particularly impressed with the imaginative plot that delves deeply into cause and effect, a true extension of the movie ... Read full review