By Tom Wolfe
Monstrous males. vast cash. mammoth video games. monstrous libidos. large trouble.
A decade in the past, The Bonfire of the Vanities outlined an era—and confirmed Tom Wolfe as our top fictional chronicler of the United States at its so much outrageous and alive. This time the atmosphere is Atlanta, Georgia—a racially combined late-century boomtown jam-packed with clean wealth, avid speculators, and worldly-wise politicians. The protagonist is Charles Croker, as soon as a faculty soccer famous person, now a late-middle-aged Atlanta real-estate entrepreneur grew to become conglomerate king, whose expansionist objectives and outsize ego have finally hit up opposed to truth. Charlie has a 28,000-acre quail-shooting plantation, a tender and important moment wife—and a half-empty workplace tower with a wonderful load of debt. whilst superstar operating again Fareek Fanon—the satisfaction of 1 of Atlanta's grimmest slums—is accused of raping an Atlanta blueblood's daughter, the city's smooth racial stability is shattered in a single day. Networks of unlawful Asian immigrants crisscrossing the continent, everyday life at the back of bars, shady real-estate syndicates, cast-off first other halves of the company elite, the racially charged politics of school sports—Wolfe indicates us the disparate worlds of latest the USA with the entire verve, wit, and perception that experience made him our so much exceptional, such a lot well known modern novelist.
A guy in complete is a 1998 nationwide ebook Award Finalist for Fiction.
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