The Bonfire of the Vanities

by Tom Wolfe | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0553275976 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingIcilawing of Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on 5/30/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Saturday, May 30, 2020
"An exhilarating satire of Eighties excess that captures the effervescent spirit of New York, from one of the greatest writers of modern American prose

Sherman McCoy is a WASP, bond trader and self-appointed 'Master of the Universe'. He has a fashionable wife, a Park Avenue apartment and a Southern mistress. His spectacular fall begins the moment he is involved in a hit-and-run accident in the Bronx. Prosecutors, newspaper hacks, politicians and clergy close in on him, determined to bring him down.

Exuberant, scandalous and exceptionally discerning, The Bonfire of the Vanities was Tom Wolfe's first venture into fiction and cemented his reputation as the foremost chronicler of his age."
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Journal Entry 2 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Saturday, May 30, 2020
690 pages, impossible to put down.

Journal Entry 3 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Released 6 mos ago (7/1/2020 UTC) at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France

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Journal Entry 4 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Thursday, August 13, 2020
Thank you so much! The book is finally here!

Journal Entry 5 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Sunday, August 30, 2020
This was an interesting book, poignant, multi-layered and insightful on many aspects. It focused on issues that were important at the time the book was written (mid-80s) and I suspect remain topical today in New York. Among many other things, the book touches on corruption, class distincion, race, sex, religion, origin and other discriminations, self-awareness, politics, how the justice system, press, Wall Street function and much more.

I liked most parts of the book but I found that the writting takes some getting used to and is often verbose, while I couldn't like or connect with any of the characters. I would expect a bit more diversity on the female characters too. I feel that the story and characters were full of stereotypes and the plot, while well-crafted, dragged longer than needed. I found the end kind of abrupt too, although I understand what the author tried to do there.

I "enjoyed" this book, but I feel I would have liked it more if I was familiar with New York's geography and all things New York in general. Although it touches on many diverse themes, in a way this novel is maybe too specific a subject to really make a connection...

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