I had no idea this was a book! My knowledge of it was limited entirely to the movie starring Richard Pryor. For those of you who have seen the movie, the basic plot is pretty much the same, however, pretty much everything else is pretty different. This probably comes as little surprise, if you know that the novel was published in 1902.
Brewster receives an inheritance of 1 million dollars and is, unsurprisingly, incredibly excited. Then, soon after, he learns that he is eligible for a second, much larger, inheritance, but only if, within one year, he can spend the prior inheritance. If he fails, he will not get the money, and will have to survive on what remains of the million. Of course, he tries to win big.
As you may have guessed based on the synopsis, or the film, this a is a light-hearted humorous book. I found most of it to be pretty funny, and really enjoyed the story. Of course, the funniest part is how difficult it was for Brewster to get rid of one million dollars. He should learn from today's celebrities, many of whom have managed to dispose of hundreds of millions. Rich people make me mad sometimes.
I am now entirely certain that Pinchot is a very talented narrator. I've listened to three audiobooks that he's done, and in every single one he has sounded like a different person. Although I hated the first one I listened to, I've really enjoyed the others. Here, especially, he did a great job of fitting his voice and pacing to that of the character. His narration is blithe and conveys the humor of the situation.
This is quite an excellent audiobook, and just the right length for a decent road trip!”
“I think the movie is more entertaining than the book. However, although the book is a little slower paced, it has more depth than the movie.”Odd_Duck wrote this review Thursday, January 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“On my kindle touch. ”Holly wrote this review Friday, June 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It almost reminds me of the short story "The One Million Pound Bank Note" by Mark Twain, but that could be just because millions are involved in both cases:/ ”Les wrote this review Monday, December 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyed! A grand old book.”Drea wrote this review Tuesday, December 20, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My Grandmother gave me the original hardcover book. It was a gift to her when she was married in 1933. A very fun book to read. A character must spend $1M in a year with nothing to show for in order to receive an inheritance. Quite a challenge at the time. He must tell no one or lose the challenge. Quite a ride and reading a book of this age gives you a very unique look historically that reading ABOUT history will not give you. Since it was written 70+ years ago, it is a part of history. This was one of the early books I read as a teenager and it has always stuck with me as a favorite. One of the books that taught me the joy of reading. When ebay and Amazon made their way into our lives, I was thrilled to find how easy it was to buy 3 more of these, one for each of our boys.
This book was made into a movie by Richard Pryor. A little more silly than the book but a decent treatment of the story.”