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.
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.
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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
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 ...more