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The Bonfire of the Vanities de Tom Wolfe
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The Bonfire of the Vanities (original: 1987; edição: 1988)

de Tom Wolfe

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Sherman McCoy, a young investment banker in Manhattan, finds himself arrested following a freak accident and becomes involved with prosecutors, politicians, the press, and assorted hustlers.
Membro:jabirajess
Título:The Bonfire of the Vanities
Autores:Tom Wolfe
Informação:Bantam (1988), Paperback, 704 pages
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Etiquetas:E, Literature

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The Bonfire of the Vanities de Tom Wolfe (1987)

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My rating may be overly harsh - I think that if I had read this book earlier, even a year ago but certainly 5 or 10 years ago, I would have enjoyed it more. However, reading it right now set up some uncomfortable resonances. This novel revolves around racial tensions - but viewed right now it is, to say the least, unfortunate that the black activist Rev. Bacon is not just a "manipulator" as the blurb puts it but is tainted by the strong supposition of being insincere and dishonest. To give Wolfe a bit of a break, that characterization applies to the vast majority of the characters regardless of race. And in the end, I think this is the main source of my discontent with the book, there was nobody that I could "root for" or empathize with except perhaps the minor character of Judge Kovitzky. The view it paints of 1980s New York is one in which there is nothing and nobody to admire. I generally enjoy satire but this one felt so cruel as to lose its humor. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jan 27, 2021 |
This book was 5/5 for giving a great description of a few specific parts of NYC life in the early 1980s, but 3/5 because the fundamental plot was gratingly boring. It's worth reading to get a feel for the environment, but would have been a lot more justifiable if it were 50-100 pages, not 500. While there was a bit of interesting psychological development of the main character (essentially, his decline from rich/successful and not caring about anything, to essentially a caged animal and street fighter), Wolfe doesn't actually show much about that -- it's very rushed and essentially entirely in the last chapter and epilogue. So ironically the book was too long to be worth reading, but also missed the most interesting part.

Unless you're really into this kind of literary fiction, or a huge fan of Tom Wolfe, I'd probably skip this. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
A remarkable adventure with a coy, dark undertone that is brilliantly worked in by Wolfe. This book is 1980s New York at its grittiest, touching on race, prejudice, and moral and mob justice. Some weaker writing is constantly saved by sharp humour, and the grand punchline is not to be missed. ( )
  ephemeral_future | Aug 20, 2020 |
What an amazing book... NYC in the 1980s! The book takes you into the world of the privileged NYC upper crust. The collision of the privileged Sherman and the justice system and media is a timeless morality play. The book still resonates today. The issues are still relevant.
Pride, the deadly sin, also known as the "mother of all sins" is the main catalyst for all the problems that Sherman encounters, and it also leads to the downfall of Kramer and Fallow. The book brings you into the minds of these characters in intimate ways.
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  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
I finished this last night, and I've been mulling it over all day. On the one hand, Wolfe is a talented writer, capable of creating vivid, visceral scenes. On the other hand, he relies on a lot of crutches, most notably the ellipsis-riddled paragraph to represent the frenzied thoughts of a person in panic.

Wolfe does a remarkable job of creating a bunch of horrible characters who we nonetheless end up having some positive feelings for at the end of the story. However, the reason we end up sympathetic toward the WASP protagonist at the end is the gross caricaturing of liberation theology and liberal activism on racial issues. The opening scene and the mirroring climax, involving black uprisings against perceived white injustice, evoke in the reader not sympathy or even understanding, but revulsion. This is the same feeling that Wolfe so savagely attacks in the rest of the book.

This mixed message results from Wolfe's refusal to pick one or two targets, instead choosing to attack everything: white fear, black radicalism, Wall St. greed, Ivy League (and all the institutions that feed the Ivy League) elitism, materialism, the obsession with image, the American lack of culture, European snobbishness, journalistic laziness and opportunism, the politics of victimhood, and America's vast reserves of inequality all meet Wolfe's acid pen. That's a lot for one book, and I think Wolfe would have been well-served to focus a little bit.

Aside from the lack of focus, a lot of Wolfe's criticisms seemed stale to me. That's completely unfair: it's not his fault I didn't read the book when it was fresh. It's not his fault I read American Psycho before Bonfire. It's not his fault I went to Hampshire. At the same time, if the novel is to be more than ephemeral, it must hold up to those of us who weren't reading novels in the mid-'80's. ( )
  wearyhobo | Jun 22, 2020 |
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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. But the ability
to "capture the decade" isn't the only measure of a writer's ability, and like a hot-pink
puffball dress, this story displays a blithe disregard for nuance.

Sherman McCoy, known to himself as a "Master of the Universe",
is a millionaire bond trader at Wall Street's Pierce and Pierce,
where the roar of the trading floor "resonate[s] with his very
gizzard". His mastery is punctured, however, when, with his
mistress at the wheel, his Mercedes hits and fatally injures a
young black man in the Bronx. The story of McCoy's subsequent
downfall is told alongside those of three other men, all
characterised by their raging ambition and vanity: an alcoholic
tabloid journalist desperate for a scoop; a power-hungry pastor;
and a district attorney keen to impress one of his former jury
members, the brown-lipsticked Miss Shelly Thomas.

Wolfe revels in the rambunctious, seething world of 80s New
York and brings to life in primary-colours prose a city fraught
with racial tensions and steeped in ego. The contrasting worlds of
McCoy and his victim, Henry Lamb, are vividly dramatised, if not
with great subtlety: rich, white Park Avenue versus poor, black Bronx.

At one particularly extravagant party, McCoy strays into a room described as "stuffed…
with sofas, cushions, fat chairs and hassocks, all of them braided, tasselled, banded,
bordered and... stuffed". Sometimes this big beast of a novel feels the same: dense with
research and bulging with bombast. Yet, it has to be admitted, it's also great fun.
adicionado por browner56 | editarThe Observer, Hemione Hoby (Jan 9, 2010)
 
The best account of the 90s me-first greed and fuck you attitude I have ever read.
adicionado por Cynfelyn | editarThe Guardian, Jon Snow (Nov 19, 1999)
 
The Nazi and fascist movements in Europe subscribed to similar sentiments. But, because Wolfe does not use anti-Semitic or racist epithets, the truly reactionary character of his societal vision is often unrecognized. The movie actually performs one important public service. By turning the book into a ghastly movie, the reactionary character of the book becomes far more apparent for all to see.
 
Sheer entertainment against a fabulous background, proving that late-blooming first-novelist Wolfe, a superobserver of the social scene (The
Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers), has the right stuff for fiction. Undertaken as
a serial for Rolling Stone, his magnum opus hits the ball far, far, far out of the park. Son of Park Avenue wealth, Sherman McCoy at 35 is perhaps
the greatest bond salesman on Wall Street, and eats only the upper crust. But millionaire Sherman's constant inner cry is that he is "hemorrhaging
money." He's also a jerk, ripe for humiliation; and when his humiliation arrives, it is fearsome. Since this is also the story of The Law as it applies
to rich and poor, especially to blacks and Hispanics of the Bronx, Wolfe has a field day familiarizing the reader with the politics and legal
machinations that take place in the Bronx County Courthouse, a fortress wherein Sherman McCoy becomes known as the Great White Defendant.
One evening, married Sherman picks up his $100-million mistress Maria at Kennedy Airport, gets lost bringing her back in his $48,000 Mercedes-
Benz, is attacked by two blacks on a ramp in the Bronx. When Maria jumps behind the wheel, one black is hit by the car. Later, he lapses into a
terminal coma, but not before giving his mother part of Sherman's license plate. 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. Chunk by chunk, Sherman loses every footing in his life but gains his manhood. Meanwhile,
Wolfe triumphantly mounts scene after magnificent scene depicting the vanity of human endeavor, with every character measured by his shoes and
suits or dresses, his income and expenses, and with his vain desires rising in smoke against settings that would make a Hollywood director's tongue
hang out. Often hilarious, and much, much more.
adicionado por browner56 | editarKirkus Review
 
There has probably never been a less prescient journo-novel than The Bonfire of the Vanities, which subliminally heralded a New York that was given over to wild and feral African politics at one end (reading from north to south of Manhattan Island) and dubious market strategies at the other. The market strategies continue. Indeed, Wall Street has almost deposed the opinion polls as the index of national wellbeing. The ethnic spoils system, meanwhile, is manipulated by the same class as ever. If either of these elements ever undergoes a dramatic metamorphosis, it won’t be Tom Wolfe who sounds the alarm.
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