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The Bonfire of the Vanities Paperback – Illustrated, March 4, 2008
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“A big, bitter, funny, craftily plotted book that grabs you by the lapels and won't let you go.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“The Bonfire of the Vanities chronicles the collapse of a Wall Street bond trader, and examines a world in which fortunes are made and lost at the blink of a computer screen. . . . Wolfe's subject couldn't be more topical: New Yorkers' relentless pursuit and flaunting of wealth, and the fury it evokes in the have-nots.” ―USA Today
“A superb human comedy and the first novel ever to get contemporary New York, in all its arrogance and shame and heterogeneity and insularity, exactly right.” ―The Washington Post Book World
“A page-turner . . . Brilliant high comedy.” ―The New Republic
“More than a tour de force.” ―Time
From the Back Cover
Suddenly, one wrong turn makes it all go wrong, and Sherman spirals downward in a sudden fall from grace that sucks him into the ravenous heart of a New York City gone mad during the go-go, racially turbulent, socially hilarious 1980s.
- Publisher : Picador; First edition (March 4, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 704 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312427573
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312427573
- Item Weight : 1.21 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.54 x 1.24 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gripped by Wolfe's ability to show the story through dialogue and action. I did not want this book to end.
Struck how women are never portrayed sympathetically, no women's characters are developed. That said the male characters are not sympathetically portrayed. All their faults and foibles are on show, their vanities. Love it!
I’ve never been so baffled/bored/mystified by a book....... I hate to give up and battled on for 27%, but then conceded that as I would never get my time back battling on with it I gave up.
I really tried but in parts it was almost like it was written in code or an alien language.....or maybe it’s just ‘I didn’t get it’ .
I really wanted to read about 1980’s New York but just could not engage with any of the characters at all and found it far too ‘wordy’ and descriptive about things I just did not understand.
Anyway, on to my next book :-D
It captures the ethics of the 80s in Wall Street "Greed is Good" The fashions of the time, massive shoulder pads get a nod.
The story improves as you read on. A bit ploddy to start with but when all the characters start coming together in the plot it steams ahead. I found the book a little too long, could well have been trimmed a bit without really loosing any real content.
what I did like about the story that everyone in the book comes out with egg on their faces.