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The Last Temptation of Clarence Odbody

by John Jughead Pierson

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I found this book both fascinating and unsettling. The author has taken the story of Its a Wonderful Life and turned it on its ear.

The story starts by drastically altering the plot. The remainder of the book explores how this change of plot affects all the other characters, include some of the most minimal and obscure.

The author creates very detailed and elaborate stories for these characters, changing them from the props they were in the movie to vibrant, three dimensional characters for whom you can't help but feel something. That's the fascinating part. The unsettling part is how those characters can be so vastly different from what you would think based on their portrayal in the movie.

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  grandpahobo | Mar 22, 2015 |
Well thought out book. Pierson really brings these characters to life. I was particularly impressed with the imaginative plot that delves deeply into cause and effect, a true extension of the movie "It's a Wonderful Life". It left me thinking long after I was finished, which to me is the hallmark of a good book.

Well done.

I recommend this for adult teens and above. ZuZu does have an episode of some pretty vehement expletives which are totally within character. ( )
  DonCranford | Dec 3, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 098156433X, Paperback)

What if George Bailey wasn’t saved by his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, on that snowy Christmas Eve in Bedford Falls? This reimagining of the beloved Frank Capra classic It’s a Wonderful Life (and the Phillip Van Doren Stern story that inspired it) tells the story of Bedford Falls and its inhabitants after the death of their drama’s central character.

The Last Temptation of Clarence Odbody restores the dark undercurrent of the Van Doren Stern’s short story “The Greatest Gift” to the uplifting plot of Capra’s film, and explores how the familiar characters in it might respond to the dire circumstances created by George Bailey’s disappearance from their lives. The paths of an introspective cab driver, a ruthless henchman, and a wayward daughter collide nearly twenty years later in the town that defined their reputations for better or for worse.

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