The Bonfire of the Vanities

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Bantam Books, 1988 - Fiction - 690 pages
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The Bonfire of the Vanities is a masterpiece, a riotous, exuberant and passionate epic that captures the greed and corruption of eighties New York and examines it under the microscope of Wolfe's famed satiric wit. Sherman McCoy, Wall Street wunderkind, seems to have it all; a salary like a telephone number, a home on Park Avenue, a beautiful wife and child, a mistress, a Mercedes. He is a Master of the Universel But then he gets lost one dark night in the Bronx, and his mercedes hits something. That something turns out to be Henry Lamb, a young black man who is now in a coma; for Sherman meanwhile, everything is about to unravel so fast he will hardly have time to change his thousand dollar suit ...

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User Review  - Benedict8 - LibraryThing

The book is a terrific study of people involhved with the justice system of New York. If you want to understand how a District Attorney could work to put you in jail for a crime you didn't commit, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Drew Raley - Goodreads

Wolfe wanted to be the Emile Zola of his era. He failed, which is why he reduces races to types, women to objects, realism to grotesquery, and plot points to punchlines. Zola advocated for the poor in ... Read full review


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Tom Wolfe is the author of a dozen books, among them such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and The Bonfire of the Vanities. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lives in New York City.

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