Dan Sandman

09: Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre

In Books, Comedy, Fiction on 01/03/2013 at 12:00 pm

What you need to know about this book is that, once you find the protagonist’s voice, the story rushes along at a good pace. You’ll like it if you like J.D Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye or any irreverent, dark, American humour. It’s funny like South Park is funny and as cynical  as any stand-up comic worth his or her salt. It is a deeply critical, farcical representation of modern American society.

Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre (front)

“Personally, I think it’s exciting that young people today will be reading contemporary, exciting texts involving murder, hypocrisy and obesity.”

Controversially enough, Britain’s English teachers can choose Vernon God Little as an A Level option.  I’m sure there’ll be complaints from conservative parents, who would prefer a good Charles Dickens classic or the delicacy of a Jane Austen romance. Personally, I think it’s exciting that young people today will be reading contemporary, exciting texts involving murder, hypocrisy and obesity. After all, this is exactly what one should find scattered across the pages of one’s Daily Telegraph on an average morning.

Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre (side)

I picked it up new from Primrose Hill Books; it was £7.99 and worth every penny. The way I look at the price of books is like this: given the choice, would I rather have two pints down the pub or own a book that could change how I think and feel; improve my chances of getting work as an English teacher; and inspire me to write? Yes, you can keep your two expensive pints behind the bar of the Camden Head, I’m at home and I’m enjoying a good book.

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