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Entertaining - Not Great Literature,
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Tom Wolfe has criticised the work of most contemporary novelists and says he wants to write in the vein of the great realistic novelists of the past. He has once again suceeded in writing an entertaining tale but failed in the quest to write a great novel. He is very witty, but almost all of his characters are cynical stereotypes rather than real people - who are a mixture of good and bad and of idealism and selfishness. The one sucessful exception is Nestor, an ordinary (although very brave) Cuban cop who does have mixed motives and an inner life, and copes the best he can with a series of rather improbable persons and situations. Expect entertainment; not great literature.