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The Last Temptation of Clarence Odbody Paperback – September 27, 2011
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"John Jughead Pierson's strength as an artist is his seemingly endless ability to find new worlds of meaning in the simplest, most familiar ingredients--it used to be three chords and an attitude; in this new book, it is a plot we all think we know and are sick to death of--and, thanks to his passion, humor, and soul, make it all seem utterly fresh, absolutely vital, and like something we cannot live without. It was a joy to read." Jim DeRogatis, rock critic, author, co-host, Sound Opinions
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is both a pager-turner, and a serious piece of literary fiction. It is, quite simply, the best thing I've read in a long, long time.
"The Last Temptation of Clarence Odbody's" cosmic birthplace is a VA hospital common room on Christmas Eve, 1968. There, 3 or 4 lonely veterans, their family and friends lost or too far away, gather around a 19" Zenith, some in chairs, some in wheeled chairs, some with arms, some without, utilitarian hospital clothes and utilitarian cigarette smoke, watching "It's a Wonderful Life" and feeling like it was the greatest lie ever told. Feeling like they were the proof. This is the place where someone could be in the proper mindset to watch Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart milk the Americana cow of human kindness and think to themselves, "you know what, everyone would be better off if George Bailey was dead." It is a place of despair.
And this is where the brilliant mind of John Pierson works best.
Because John Pierson recognizes that the point of despair is the point where you have nothing and thus everything is possible because there is nothing to weigh you down.Read more ›
Though this book is fairly well written, it just tries too hard for my taste. It takes the reader rather swiftly out of the WWII era Bedford falls, and into an alternate reality of failed lives, flying "F" bombs that felt bizarrely jarring, and a rather labored metaphysical exploration of unintended outcomes that becomes unnecessarily convoluted as the story winds to a close. Towards the end, I had the uneasy feeling that the author had trapped himself in a corner, and ended up using Clarence to narrate his theories on random consequences and the relationship between good and evil.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love writers that can come up with stuff like this. I would have never thought of a different ending for George. I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it.Published 5 months ago by WingNut/Pilot
This lovingly written and highly engrossing novelization of the world introduced by the film It's a Wonderful Life does two things very well. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ham Sammich
Being a great fan of It's a Wonderful Life (it's not really Christmas until I've seen the movie), I was intrigued to read this book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dr. Kristi S. Fowler
I was more pleased with this book than I expected to be.
It's a Wonderful Life was a dark film. Read more
I personally enjoyed this retelling of the Its A Wonderful Life story, including a followup to the original movie ending which has some surprising twists. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tom from CT
An engrossing "what if" on the classic It's A Wonderful Life movie. Pierson turns the film's premise of George Bailey's "better if I'd never been born" on its head,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mitchel Evans
So much of this story I could literally see in my mind's eye, thanks to the old movie, "It's a Wonderful Life". The story line is definitely altered, though! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ronda Hollingsworth