Vernon God Little

Added July 23, 2012
  • Vernon Good Little
  • DBC Pierre
  • Canongate, U.S.A. 2003

vernon-god_-little-canongate-front_-cover_ This scathing satire on American culture and, in particular, the American media, came from out of nowhere to win the 2003 Booker Prize. It also won the Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction.

To say that it received mixed reviews would be an understatement, as reviewers seemed to either love it or hate it. According to Wikipedia, 34% of Briton readers polled could not finish the book, possibly due to its foul language and harshly sarcastic wit.

I fall into the ‘loved it’ category. I think it is one of the funniest books I have ever read. It has been compared to John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces and J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.

Vernon God Little vernon-god_-little-canongate-copy_ was translated into many languages under several different titles. The German title translates to Jesus of Texas.

DBC Pierre is a pseudonym which stands for Dirty But Clean Pierre. vernon-god_-little-canongate-signature The author’s real name is Peter Finlay. Pierre is a nickname his friends gave him in his youth and comes from a cartoon character he liked.

This Canongate first edition came out slightly later than the U.K. true first Faber and Faber publication (which I also have) and is worth roughly one quarter to one third the value of the true first. Signed copies of the Canongate first top out at about $270, while the signed Faber and Faber true first editions go as high as $775. This book is signed DBC Pierre only. Books signed with both his pseudonym and his real name are more valuable.

This copy is unread and is in fine/fine condition.

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