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Brewster's Millions

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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.

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Published December 1st 2010 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published 1902)
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To say this is a bit of light reading would be an understatement. It is not just a comedy, it is a farce. Many people are familiar with the story because of the 1985 movie with Richard Pryor. Other than the concept, they are hardly recognizable as being related, and this is one of the few instances where the movie is better than the book. Actually there have been several movies and a stage play adapted from this book. The concept, you may recall, is that Brewster has inherited a million dollars ...more
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know, it's funny how we often forget how exceptional truly talented authors are. By that I mean those authors who can tell a story which is inventive, interesting, engaging, and timeless. All too often today, we get caught up with both what I call "series work", where the author continues developing a character through a series of novels (and expects you to continue to buy the series regardless of whether he/she is able to write well), or by novels that are sensational, yet only in the conte ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1910s-1950s, humor
A truly entertaining read and a really novel idea for a story. I'd never seen the movie version so I was kept on the edge of my seat as to if/how Brewster would spend the million dollars. In addition to the suspenseful and intriguing main plot with Brewster trying to go from millionaire to penniless within one year, we get some romance and even some action and adventure later on (which surprised me) and a good dose of humor along with some important life lessons. Would have been a five star for ...more
Renee M
A little light reading from the Comedy section of the Guardian 1000 Books list. With a helping of the myopic cultural disparagement which was so often present in those times. Otherwise, the story was fairly frothy and fun. Although, it does give form to the adage, "Be careful what you wish for."
Todd Cannon
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I purchased this book for Free from It is one of the thousands of Public Domain books they offer in Kindle format.

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,
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Far fetched plot but quite a lot of fun. Not as silly as Wodehouse but a similar sense of humor.
Bree (AnotherLookBook)
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of P.G. Wodehouse
A novel about a man who is tasked with spending every penny of a million dollar inheritance within a year. 1903.

Full review (and recommendations!) at Another look book

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
May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1900-present
This story reminded me of a board game we used to play, it was called Go For Broke. The object was to go around the board and spend all of your money. The person with the least amount won the game. It sounds easy but was actually hard to do. Monty Brewster had inherited one million dollars from his grandfather. Then another offer came to him, keep the million dollars or spend all of grandfather's money and become a multi-millionaire. Sounds like a game show. It was an interesting theme, but I go ...more
Rob Slaven
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book from a local bookshop after having seen the movie years ago. I’m glad I did.

On the positive side, the book is a great snapshot of life in the early 1900s. It’s filled with timely references to just how people spend their money and what a life of ease was like. It does require a few trips to the dictionary so be prepared for that. The story is easily readable in a long afternoon and keeps things quite entertaining. It also boasts a fun twist and the end and has a moral point
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First published in 1902, this story is familiar to many because of the 1985 movie starring Richard Pryor. There was at least one more movie based on this book in 1945 starring Dennis Okeefe. Both movies vary quite a bit from the book in several aspects, but the main theme stays true: young man must spend a huge amount of money (with several stipulations) in a short time in order to inherit a grand fortune. In the book, as New Yorker Brewster attempts to empty his bank account in the allotted tim ...more
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George Barr McCutcheon was an American popular novelist and playwright. His best known works include the series of novels set in Graustark, a fictional East European country, and the novel Brewster's Millions, which was adapted into a play and several films.
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