The Bonfire of the Vanities

A Novel

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Publisher Description

Vintage Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities, 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)

“A page-turner . . . Brilliant high comedy.” (The New Republic)


Sherman McCoy, the central figure of Tom Wolfe's first novel, is a young investment banker with a fourteen-room apartment in Manhattan. When he is involved in a freak accident in the Bronx, prosecutors, politicians, the press, the police, the clergy, and assorted hustlers high and low close in on him, licking their chops and giving us a gargantuan helping of the human comedy, of New York in the 1980s, a city boiling over with racial and ethnic hostilities and burning with the itch to Grab It Now.

Wolfe's novel is a big, panoramic story of the metropolis that reinforces the author's reputation as the foremost chronicler of the way we live in America.

Adapted to film in 1990 by director Brian De Palma, the movie stars Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, and Morgan Freeman.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2002
February 21
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
704
Pages
PUBLISHER
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
2.1
MB

Customer Reviews

masmatt ,

Phenomenal

And timely as NYC dies and returns to violent mob rule.

iosnopes ,

Say what you will about the other novels,

this one is a keeper. Yes, the author has his prejudices, but the story is a page turner and rippingly told. It may reflect a time, but it should stand on its own as the years continue to pass. It doesn’t have to be a history lesson. It is an American tale.

and investment advisor ,

Excellent

One of the best books I ever read

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