The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

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Vintage Tom Wolfe, 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)

 

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 February 21, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 703 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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This event is hyped absurdly by an alcoholic British reporter for the The City Light (read: Rupert Murdoch's New York Post), the mugger becomes an "honor student," and Sherman becomes the object of vile racist attacks mounted by a charlatan black minister.

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So regularly is Tom Wolfe's brash 1987 tome described as "the quintessential novel of the 80s" that you almost feel the phrase could be slapped on as a subtitle.

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Entertainment Weekly

Watching the stridently broad, rinky-dink movie that has been fashioned from Tom Wolfe's novel The Bonfire of the Vanities, one is tempted to call the film an act of supreme cynicism.

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The Bookbag

The other three main characters are also excellently drawn, all of them just as flawed in their own way as McCoy is – alcoholic English journalist Peter Fallow, who sees the case as an opportunity of a lifetime, Assistant DA Larry Kramer, who is trying to prosecute McCoy to impress his new girlfr...

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People

There's the acerbic side, such as Kevin Dunn, as Hanks's lawyer, commenting on their common school ties: "Yale is terrific for anything you want to do—as long as it doesn't involve real people."

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People

Pop literature's King of Sting—the man who offended liberals with Radical Chic, blacks with Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, the modern art world with The Painted Word—has concocted a brilliant send-up of New York City in his first novel.

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Salon

I think perhaps because two years earlier, when Wolfe had written his first huge novel of social realism, “Bonfire of the Vanities,” he took a lot of hits not only from critics, no doubt a number of them lefties who didn’t like Wolfe’s conservative bent. So much to Wolfe.

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London Review of Books

Sherman feels as generations of blacks must have done when confronted with the white-sheeted lynch mob: ‘the one nearest him had on a silvery basket-ball warm-up jacket with CELTICS written across the chest ...

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Time Out New York

De Palma's film of Tom Wolfe's dark, hilarious magnum opus bombed in the States - amid charges of racism - and it's easy to see why.

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Slant Magazine

Since any positive retrospective of Brian De Palma's career must inevitably be pitched as a defense of the director, it goes without saying that a key film in such a feature would be The Bonfire of the Vanities, his most unpopular work after Mission to Mars and one ravaged by critics with a vitri...

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Ben Casnocha

Bonfire is considered by many people to be Wolfe’s best book and one of the best novels ever written.

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Rolling Stone

The movie even invents a meet-cute for Fallow and McCoy involving the subway (McCoy wants to know if it stops at Park Avenue).

Dec 21 1990 | Read Full Review of The Bonfire of the Vanities

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