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 fifteen-year-old Vernon Little is in trouble. His friend has just blown away sixteen of his ...
classmates before turning the gun on himself. And Vernon has become the focus of the whole town's need for vengeance, and the media's appetite for sensational content true or not. When the tricky Mr. Lesdema arrives in town with a covert mission to promote himself from TV repairman to crack CNN reporter Vernon thinks he has an ally. In fact, Lesdema is a villain of Machiavellian proportions. Vernon soon realizes that in this modern world innocence is definitely no defense. One distasteful arrangement with old Mr. Deutschman and $300 later, Vernon is headed for the border, for freedom and Mexico, and a much-anticipated date with the nigh-mythical Taylor Figueroa. But Texas isn't finished with Vernon yet. Vital, riotously funny, and energetic, Vernon God Little puts lust for vengeance, materialism, and trial by media squarely in the dock. Vernon himself emerges as the lovable upholder of love, truth, and homespun wisdom in a world gone mad.
Loved the tale of this foul-mouthed, sensitive, observant teenager with constipation problems. It grew on me. I loved the style, I loved the story and the ending. It's an intelligent book, it's funny and at the same time manages to be critical of
..." American society, and of its justice system. It occasionally gets a bit much in the last part, but on the whole I can say it's definitely a good read. Continua...Nascondi
This is the very first time I realize how good a book is, but at the same time I cannot really enjoy it. It is so weird!At first, I got irritated by the style of the author... I can understand that the main character is a poor Texan guy of nearly
..."nearly 16, but how many times can the words "ole" and "fucken" be written in a novel? Then, when I got into the story I learnt to bear the language (even if a bit of irritation remained: I mean, if a non native speaker spoke that way, people would make fun of him, but it's okay as long as this language is used in fiction :-( It made me feel that my efforts to speak a decent English are vain...) Going back to the novel, I got awfully frustrated by the way the characters act during the whole story... There is nobody in good faith in this novel, everybody acts only to achieve their own purposes, regardless of what this can cause to other people's lives. Even Vern's mom doesn't fight for her son. It's incredible. As for the ferocious criticism to the American society... well, what can I say? Being only an observer I don't know if the author is right or he just (as I hope) exaggerated for the sake of literature... Extremely disturbing.Continua...Nascondi
I'll tell you a learning: knife-turners like my ole lady actually spend their waking hours connecting shit into a humongous web, just like spiders. It's true. They take every word in the fucken universe, and index it back to your knife. In the end
... it doesn't matter what words you say, you feel it on your blade. Like, 'Wow, see that car?' 'Well it's the same blue as that jacket you threw up on at the Christmas show, remember?' What I learned is that parents succeed by managing the database of your dumbness and your slime, ready for combat.Continua...Nascondi