Would you be able to spend a million dollars in cash and leave yourself penniless, if it meant you would then be given many more millions? That's poor Monty Brewster's dilemma in this charming 1903 tale which has been made into a movie six times, the most recent starring Richard Pryor and John Candy.
And it starts out promisingl ...more
I remember seeing the Movie Brewster's Million's starring Richard Pryor in the late 1980s. Lately I have been wanting to see it again and the search for the movie led to me discovering that it was based upon this book. It also led me to discover that there have been several movies based upon this book. The first one released in 1914.
As with most Book v. Movie comparisons, ...more
About all I'll say in comparing the 2 versions is this: the one and only similarity is they both center around a man named Montgomery Brewster having to dispose of a certain sum of willed money within a specified time period, w ...more
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I don't know why it took me so long to review this...Maybe it was just nice to have a review in reserves? I don't know! But I DO know that this was a really solid, enjoyable read. I'd recommend this one if you like the idea of an American P.G. Wodehouse, and a Wooster and a Jeeves all rolled up into one main character. Plus, after ...more
I like the idea behind this book but it lacks conflict. What conflict there is tends to get sorted out too quick and easily, especially during a deadly confrontation with some Arabs, which has potential for bringing the story to life, but instead the situation is resolved without much ado.
I like George Barr McCutcheon’s style in o ...more
Young Brewster is trying to dispose of a million dollars without donating any of it, or acquiring assets with it. He finds it to be a harder challenge than he ...more
It has been made into movies multiple times, the most famous one being, most likely, the 1985 version with Richard Pryor. All the adaptions had the same basic plot, and here would be the original: Monty Brewster is a young man of limited means, working in a New York bank. He's not himself rich, but he has prospects. That is, by chapter 2 of the novel he doesn't have these prospects as his grandfather die ...more
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 secon ...more
His books are always a quick read (this took a week because it was the one I was reading at the shop, so I was only really reading a couple of days) and entertaining in a period sort of way. If you want your heroes "manly a ...more
Charged with spending $1 million in just under a year (clearly much, much harder than it sounds, especially ...more
If you have seen the movie, do not use that as a guide for this book. The movie almost doesn't make sense and is quite far off the actual story. I guess for some reason Hollywood did not want to bother to portray the true genius of this story.
This very charming book was written in a simpler time, about the good things in our human natures. How to be unselfish, that love is often s ...more