A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe

66%

8 Critic Reviews

Unfortunately, A Man In Full never rises to the occasion: Unlike Bonfire, the machinations of Atlanta's powerful elite and the descriptions of their privileged lives are pretty uninvolving here.
-AV Club

Synopsis

Big men. Big money. Big games. Big libidos. Big trouble.

A decade ago, The Bonfire of the Vanities defined an era--and established Tom Wolfe as our prime fictional chronicler of America at its most outrageous and alive. This time the setting is Atlanta, Georgia--a racially mixed late-century boomtown full of fresh wealth, avid speculators, and worldly-wise politicians. The protagonist is Charles Croker, once a college football star, now a late-middle-aged Atlanta real-estate entrepreneur turned conglomerate king, whose expansionist ambitions and outsize ego have at last hit up against reality. Charlie has a 28,000-acre quail-shooting plantation, a young and demanding second wife--and a half-empty office tower with a staggering load of debt. When star running back Fareek Fanon--the pride of one of Atlanta's grimmest slums--is accused of raping an Atlanta blueblood's daughter, the city's delicate racial balance is shattered overnight. Networks of illegal Asian immigrants crisscrossing the continent, daily life behind bars, shady real-estate syndicates, cast-off first wives of the corporate elite, the racially charged politics of college sports--Wolfe shows us the disparate worlds of contemporary America with all the verve, wit, and insight that have made him our most phenomenal, most admired contemporary novelist.

A Man in Full is a 1998 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

 

About Tom Wolfe

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Tom Wolfe is the author of a dozen books, among them such contemporary classics as The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Right Stuff, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. He lives in New York City.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 764 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure, Humor & Entertainment, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Man in Full
All: 8 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 4

NY Times

Above average
on Oct 28 1998

The book's hokey, stage-managed ending, however, suggests that Mr. Wolfe sees the world as such an absurd place...that has virtually nothing to do with what has gone before

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Blog Critics

Above average
on Oct 03 2005

If you're trying to decide whether to spend a month or two reading this 742-page book, I'd advise against it...you may well find yourself reading each page wondering if it is going to get better only to find yourself increasingly disappointed.

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Book Reporter

Good
on Jan 22 2011

With a mix of race, class, politics, and corporate finance, Wolfe has fashioned a novel grand in scope, full of insight, humor, and hard, brutal truths about personal responsibility and redemption.

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AV Club

Above average
on Mar 29 2002

Unfortunately, A Man In Full never rises to the occasion: Unlike Bonfire, the machinations of Atlanta's powerful elite and the descriptions of their privileged lives are pretty uninvolving here.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
on Nov 13 1998

In this massive, spectacularly ambitious, superbly observed, and ruthlessly funny novel — his first since 1987's The Bonfire of the Vanities — much more goes thrillingly right.

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National Review Online

Good
on Dec 13 2006

Wolfe’s prose is so rich and his sense of narrative pacing so perfect that the reader will gulp down chunks of this novel like a tired swimmer gasping for air. It moves.

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The New York Review of Books

Below average
on Dec 17 1998

Be it said. The book has gas and runs out of gas, fills up again, goes dry. It is a 742-page work that reads as if it is fifteen hundred pages long...it is also tiresome, for it takes us down the road of too many overlong and predictable scenes.

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CNN.com

Above average
on Nov 23 1998

Wolfe elegantly ties together all these characters at the end...but getting to that point can be slow going. The race issues integral to "Bonfire" seem forced here, with the Roger White/Jordan chapters tending towards stilted explication.

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