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Brewster's Millions

George Barr McCutcheon

Book Overview: 

The story revolves around Montgomery Brewster, a poor man who inherits a large sum of money. However, there is a catch — he has to spend every penny within 30 days, and end up with nothing at that time. Should he make the deadline, he stands to gain an even larger sum; should he fail, he remains penniless.

Brewster finds that spending so much money is more difficult than he first thinks, especially when the lawyers are trying to make him fail so that they can claim the money. What makes it worse is that he starts to be a little too successful with some ventures, actually making money from them.

Can Brewster empty his pockets in time for the deadline, or will he end the book as he started it, with nothing?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Oh, don't worry about him," said "Subway," easily; "Monty's at least a good sportsman. He won't complain, whatever happens. He'll accept the reckoning and pay the piper."

It was only toward the end of the evening that Monty found his reward in a moment with Barbara Drew. He stood before her, squaring his shoulders belligerently to keep away intruders, and she smiled up at him in that bewildering fashion of hers. But it was only for an instant, and then came a terrifying din from the dining-room, followed by the clamor of crashing glass. The guests tried for a moment to be courteously oblivious, but the noise was so startling that such politeness became farcical. The host, with a little laugh, went down the hall. It was the beautiful screen near the ceiling that had fallen. A thousand pieces of shattered glass covered the place. The table was a sickening heap of crushed orchids and sputtering candles. Frightened servants rushed into the room from one side just. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I have always loved the 1985 movie of the same name and recently watched the 1945 version as well which I enjoyed. After seeing how different the two versions were I wanted to read the novel and of course, check out more adaptations as well. This novel is less of an out-and-out comedy than the films

Muchas veces leo libros por casualidad, como resultado de la búsqueda específica de algún libro para un reto, que es lo que me ha pasado con este libro, escogido para un reto en el que se debía leer un libro con un final feliz, y que te dejara buenos sentimientos. Solo encontraba novelas románticas,

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."

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