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He wasn't aging; he was growing up. Bonfire's pyrotechnic satire of 1980s New York wasn't just Wolfe's best book, it was the best bestselling fiction debut of the decade, a miraculously realistic study of an unbelievably status-mad society, from the fiery combatants of the South Bronx to the bubbling scum at the top of Wall Street. Sherman McCoy, a farcically arrogant investment banker (dubbed a "Master of the Universe," Wolfe's brilliant metaphorical co-opting of a then-important toy for boys), hits a black guy in the Bronx with his Mercedes and runs--right into a nightmare peopled by vicious mistresses, thin wives like "social x-rays," slime-bag politicos, tabloid hacks, and Dantesque denizens of the "justice" system. If the Coen and Marx brothers together dramatized The Great Gatsby, Wolfe's Bonfire would probably be funnier. Many think his second novel, A Man in Full, is deeper, but Bonfire will never die down.
You might find it interesting to compare the film The Bonfire of the Vanities, a fascinating calamity perpetrated by the geniuses Brian De Palma and Tom Hanks, with The Right Stuff, one of the very best films of the '80s. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Wolfe has the ability to capture the spirit of a decade within a novel, but as I read the thoughts of the 80s bond trader as he reads newspaper articles about himself and his... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Keith C.
A very entertaining and written novel, I was a bit disappointed in the ending but I can see why the author did that .Published 1 month ago by Wayne
I enjoyed this book. However, if you already understand societal dynamics then you won't be very surprised. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nick
Tom Wolfe spins a tale that is highly entertaining, and relentlessly timeless in its depiction of the class warfare and racial friction in American culture. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas Einstein
Much too long with so many characters thrown in, it became difficult to keep track of the story line and how and why each character mattered. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Would not recommend, it was not a good book for me. This review takes to long. Please let me go.Published 3 months ago by no name