Lights Out in Wonderland by DBC Pierre
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"Lights Out in Wonderland has all the verbal wit and energy of Vernon God Little."—Financial Times


Gabriel Brockwell—aesthete, philosopher, disaffected twenty-something decadent—is thinking terminal. He's decided to kill himself—but not immediately. His destination is Wonderland. The style of the journey is all that's to be decided.



Traveling between London, Tokyo, and Berlin, Gabriel is in search of the bacchanal to obliterate all previous parties. His adventure takes in a spell in rehab, a near-death experience eating a poisonous Japanese delicacy, and finally an orgiastic feast in the bowels of Berlin's majestic Tempelhof Airport. Along the way, Gabriel falls apart, only to reemerge with a new outlook on the world and a mission to right his past wrongs.



Lights Out in Wonderland is an allegorical banquet, a sly commentary on these End Times and the march toward banality, and a joyful expression of the human spirit.
 

About DBC Pierre

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DBC Pierre's first novel, Vernon God Little, won the Man Booker Prize. His other novels include Ludmila's Broken English and Lights Out in Wonderland. He lives in County Leitrim, Ireland.
 
Published August 8, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 353 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Guardian

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To raise the funds, Brockwell cleans out his anti-capitalist collective's war chest, fills his pockets with drugs and takes leave of his squat: "an early twenty-first English household – which is to say a tri-sexual household of unparented narcissists where, in the twenty minutes I was there, cas...

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The Guardian

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Gabriel stakes out Gerd Specht – his father's erstwhile partner – but, hilariously, the mythical nightclub turns out to be much less than envisioned.

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Publishers Weekly

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Man Booker–winner Pierre pulls a gonzo evisceration of these grim times in his high-octane third novel (after Ludmila's Broken English).

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The Wall Street Journal

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Being the child of a great artist is one of the better ways to ensure a lifetime of therapy, but for Annie and Buster in Kevin Wilson's inventive and hilarious debut novel, "The Family Fang" (Ecco, 309 pages, $23.99), the situation is especially dire.

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Los Angeles Times

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The novel follows a man who decides to kill himself but holds off as he careens around the world creating havoc.

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The Telegraph

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The Telegraph

There aren’t many 25-year-olds who can claim to be as decadent as Gabriel Brockwell, the protagonist of DBC (“Dirty But Clean”) Pierre’s third novel.

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Independent.ie

Smuts, he decides, is the exact right person for that last binge, the last blowout, the hedonistic night of excess to end all others -- before Gabriel ends it all himself.

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Boston.com

Pierre equips his antihero with a gleefully misanthropic divining rod that instantly locates the defining sickly image: a medical attendant displays “a pale, unformed kind of face, like the fetus of a horse,’’ an irritating receptionist is “a Salvador Dali girl, someone to fold over the branch of...

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Scotsman.com

ALTHOUGH this new novel by the Booker prize-winner "Dirty But Clean" Pierre purports to be an analysis of contemporary decadence, it could be argued that it is actually symptomatic of it.

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The New Zealand Herald

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Full Stop

From there, Gabriel pokes around Berlin first in search of a venue through his father’s former business partner Gerd Specht, and then as he works with Le Basque to orchestrate the novel’s end game: an explosive banquet similar to the one Gabriel dreamed of in the beginning.

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Metro

Book review: In Lights Out In Wonderland (Faber, £12.99) Vernon God Little author DBC Pierre blends apocalyptic imagery about the end of capitalism with some breathtaking set-pieces (including a sex scene in a fish tank), but the novel is still as hollow as a morning-after comedown.

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Spectator Book Club

The indefinite postponement of Gabriel’s suicide, while he takes drugs and falls in love with a fierce Eastie, occasionally threatens tedium, or indifference, and so does the wait for the climactic orgy — ‘the greatest bacchanal since the fall of Rome’ — which is still quite impressively disgusti...

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Spectator Book Club

So he escapes to his Withnailian flat in London, to stock up on drugs and to smash his mobile phone, iPod and laptop — ‘that vacuum of life, that cretin savant, that whining, obsequious, pilfering Latin maid, that wanker’s sheltered workshop’.

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Creative Loafing Tampa

Gabriel embarks on a quest to save his friend's life, even as he is considering ending his own.

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