Sherman McCoy è uno dei padroni di Wall Street e sente di avere il mondo in pugno: guadagna un milione di dollari all'anno, vive in un appartamento di quattordici stanze a Manhattan, al riparo dai pericoli e dalle violenze della metropoli multirazziale. Quando però una sera McCoy investe con l'auto un giovane nero nel Bronx, la polizia, i giornalisti, i politici e i difensori civici gli sono subito addosso, trasformando l'uomo di successo, il superprivilegiato, nella vittima designata di un'intera città. Una grande "commedia umana" che ha fatto tremare l'America dei potenti e dei pavidi, degli ipocriti e degli arrivisti. Tutti bruciati su un magnifico e indimenticabile falò delle vanità.
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I hope Tom Wolfe has gotten so laid because of this book. I hope women have put down this book, thrown on some lingerie, and walked over to his apartment – unless Wolfe is gay, in which case, I hope men have done the lingerie thing. I hope women (or men) invented a time machine to travel back in tim Leggi tutto
This is one hell of a book. When the Eastern Nebraska Men’s Bibliophile & Social Club (a.k.a. my book club) picked The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what it was about and, ultimately, how it’d make me feel. New York! The 80s! Wall Street and Wall Street ; Leggi tutto
What an amazing book. Wolfe not only tells a great story but is a master of the English language and his prose is rich with multi-layered metaphors, symbolism, allusions, and I was fascinated by the various references to Edgar Allan Poe. I was sorry to finish it. I must now watch the movie again if
R.I.P., Tom Wolfe (March 2, 1930 – May 14, 2018) Seer of Hippy Culture then the Insatiable '80s U.S.A./N.Y.C., Satirist of Avarice and the Cognoscenti Soi-disant , and Chronicler of America's Race to Space on the Heels of Its Jet Pilot CowboyQuest for Record Supersonic Speeds "Bullshit reigns." The B Leggi tutto
This vicious satire on multiculturalism would never be published by a mainstream publisher today. The only reasons it was in 1987 were that: (a) Wolfe was already famous; (b) Wolfe has a BASED Jewish judge (lol) laying down the law in the penultimate chapter (though the judge's real motive seems to be Leggi tutto
This book was a refreshing change from the introspective, thoughtful books I'd been reading. It had been a while since a book had me glued to the bed all day, lying on my right side or lying on my left side, with the A/C turned on or with the A/C turned off, wearing my shirt or not wearing my shirt, Leggi tutto
Let us not speak about the dreadful movie that was made from this novel, starring the normally reliable Tom Hanks. Put that out of your mind. Let’s just focus today on the book, which I first read in the late 1980s. I loved it, loved it enough that I read all of Tom Wolfe’s subsequent novels, even t Leggi tutto
“Who but an arrogant fool would want to be a Master of the Universe?” Reading “The Bonfire of the Vanities” was my first experience with Tom Wolfe. He had an extraordinary ease and facility with words. He is erudite without being pretentious. I also enjoyed his skill at writing chapter titles. Some e Leggi tutto
This book was good but, as are all Tom Wolfe books, it was long winded and there were too many pages and it could have been cut down drastically. And even though it was too long, the ending seemed as though all those pages don't even tell the whole story.
Γύρω απο την πυρά της ματαιοδοξίας χορεύει η ανθρωπότητα, η φωτιά αναζωπυρώνεται συνεχώς απο αμαρτίες και ανομολόγητα ή χιλιοειπωμένα πάθη και λάθη, απο χάρτινες καρδιές, πλαστικές συνειδήσεις σαν πιστωτικές κάρτες απαλλαγής τύψεων και εξόφλησης με πίστωση. Οι αποδείξεις ανάληψης ευθυνών εκδίδονται σ Leggi tutto
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