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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the first time I read this, it was just after the financial crisis. this time was during Ferguson. it may be a fairly overwritten and slightly pompous book, but it stays relevant. Read full review

Review: The Bonfire of the Vanities

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the first time I read this, it was just after the financial crisis. this time was during Ferguson. it may be a fairly overwritten and slightly pompous book, but it stays relevant. Read full review

Contents

Prologue Mutt on Fire
3
The Master of the Universe
10
Gibraltar
29
Copyright

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About the author (1988)

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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