The Bonfire of the Vanities

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Vintage, 2010 - Fiction - 659 pages
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Sherman McCoy is a WASP, bond trader and self-appointed 'Master of the Universe'. He has a fashionable wife, a Park Avenue apartment and a Southern mistress. His spectacular fall begins the moment he is involved in a hit-and-run accident in the Bronx. Prosecutors, newspaper hacks, politicians and clergy close in on him, determined to bring him down.

The Bonfire of the Vanities is a caustic satire on the money-feverish Eighties. This exuberant novel cemented Wolfe's reputation as the foremost chronicler of his age.

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User Review  - Eyejaybee - LibraryThing

I first read this novel just weeks after its initial publication in 1988 and thought it was spellbinding then. Twenty-eight years on it has lost none of its power to enthral. Like Thackeray's "Vanity ... Read full review

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

A thrilling ride into the underworlds of New York City. Wolfe loves to chronicle the twists of Fate that can turn a winner into a loser, and make us laugh along the way down the spiralling vortex of doom. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Tom Wolfe is the author of more than a dozen books, among them The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, I Am Charlotte Simmons, and Back to Blood. He received the National Book Foundation's 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in NewYork City.

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