The Bonfire of the Vanities: A Novel

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Macmillan, Feb 21, 2002 - Fiction - 704 pages
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Vintage Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities, the #1 bestseller that will forever define late-twentieth-century New York style. "No one has portrayed New York Society this accurately and devastatingly since Edith Wharton" (The National Review) “A page-turner . . . Brilliant high comedy.” (The New Republic)
 

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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

Contents

Mutt on Fire
1
The Master of the Universe
9
Gibraltar
27
From the Fiftieth Floor
47
King of the Jungle
72
The Girl with Brown Lipstick
101
A Leader of the People
136
Catching the Fish
161
The Favor Bank
387
Shuhmun
408
Donkey Loyalty
422
Calls from Above
429
The Fabulous Koala
441
Styrofoam Peanuts
456
Inside the Cavity
499
The Informants
520

The Case
190
Some Brit Named Fallow
207
Saturdays Saturnine Lunchtime
229
The Words on the Floor
245
The Last of the Great Smokers
278
The DayGlo Eel
294
Dont Know How to Lie
316
The Masque of the Red Death
340
Tawkin Irish
371
We the Jury
535
Death New York Style
556
Hero of the Hive
573
Off to a Better Place
590
The Rendezvous
601
An Able Pupil
623
Into the Solar Plexus
649
Financier Is Arraigned
681
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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, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. He lives in New York City.

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