surprised to see this win the booker prize. Even though I loved the book. Here you have an australian, who has been hiding out in England, writing about the america. Hmmm...tells you something about multi-culturalism. I still loved it. Have I said that yet. Complete suspension of disbelief.
>>By iwishiwereabondgirl (Monday, 5 Apr 2004 15:01)
I just finished VGL and i must agree with bondgirl in that i was surprised that it won the booker as well. it's a very fine work of literature not unlike Russell Bank's Rule of the Bone or John Kennedy Toole's Confederacy of Dunces in its comedic style. I'm a little disappointed in the ending as it felt tacked on but then again....everyone's ending will always feel tacked on. (if we could only write it ourselves)
Can't wait to read his next offering.
>>By Sexibeast (Tuesday, 13 Apr 2004 15:07)
I'm currently reading VGL and am utterly amazed at the standard of writing from DBC. I'm studying it for my english higher - though my teacher does not yet know this and will probably disagree because it is real. Too real. The way the characters are are just so real. I feel like I know Vernon's mum - and Brad, and I live in a whole street of Leona's and Pam's and Betty's! I can't wait to find out what happens.
>>By Tchock (Sunday, 8 Aug 2004 21:05)
I've read it - brilliant book. But the ending was a bit of a let down - "and they all lived happily ever after now that Vernon controlled his life..."
>>By Tchock (Saturday, 21 Aug 2004 18:36)
Hmmmm contemporary Catcher in the Rye????? Maybe that's what they were thinking re. the Booker - mind you I really like it!
>>By mebaroo (Wednesday, 13 Oct 2004 13:51)
For future readers of this book writing a senior thesis(high school)....look at the language decay....
to me this was the most important aspect of the book and the reason why it was chosen to win the booker prize....
personally I am working through the booker prize winners.....and they are either attached to their language, social meaning, , or literary references....and there are the others....those that speak for their cultures when no one else will speak for them (i.e. salman rushdie....though he incorporates all three as well)
Each Book is a Present....You open the Cover and new life will be given to you
(it just might not be yours)
>>By iwishiwereabondgirl (Thursday, 5 Jan 2006 13:11)
Ludmila's Broken English-
in reading this book I felt a sort of slap on the back to be honest.....
for a green writer DBC is going hell in leather with the language motif....
I just finished the book this evening and I really want to ask people I know from england and url*^ if people really talk like this....
I am also really interested in whether people found a shakespearean cadence to the russian dialect(translated into english)....or something....I just can't place it....
if anyone has ideas please lets discuss them.....
>>By iwishiwereabondgirl (Sunday, 28 May 2006 09:40)
It's been four months since I read the book and the only thing I remember verbatim is, "Americans INVENTED fucking assertiveness"
well... almost verbatim, maybe.
Anyway, other lines anyone?
>>By kerryoco (Sunday, 30 Jul 2006 05:54)
vgl that is
>>By kerryoco (Sunday, 30 Jul 2006 05:55)
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