Forget everything you know about the movie of this book - the book itself is absolutely great, a riveting read and classic Tom Wolf with his great prose style and insight on popular culture. The movie was horribly miscast and a total waste. Read the book!
I read this quite a while ago and it still lingers in the mind. The quality of the writing is High. The plot and its elements are unique and gripping. Tom Wolfe is a living gem of a writer - I have enjoyed many of his books. Very intellectually satisfying.
I read this book the first time in high school as part of an extra credit project - I liked it them but freely admit I certainly didn't "get" most of it! Definitely a long read that is time-consuming, it is an interesting study of the 80s in New York City. I can't say that most of it is accurate as I have no idea, but it was an entertaining read with some social commentary that is unmistakable and some softer hints throughout.
This is not a genre I would normally choose to read. I needed books and the choices on my friend's bookshelf were a bit slim.
This is a man's book: written by a man, all the main characters are men, and the plot and themes are quite masculine. None of the characters were actually sympathetic (at least to me), but it was somewhat interesting to see some of the characters self-destruct.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Tom Wolfes modern American satire tells the story of Sherman McCoy, a Wall Street Master of the Universe who has it all a Park Avenue apartment, a job that brings wealth, power and prestige, a beautiful wife, an even more beautiful mistress.
Suddenly, one wrong turn makes it all go wrong, and Sherman spirals downward in a sudden fall from grace that sucks him into the ravenous heart of a New York City gone mad during the go-go, racially turbulent, socially hilarious 1980s.
Step into the world of Sherman McCoy--One of Wall Street's top bond salesmen, he lives in a sumptuous fourteen-room duplex apartment on Park Avenue--"the Best Section of the capital of the Western World in the late twentieth century." Then one day a bizarre incident in the Bronx thrusts him into the center of every racial, economic, sexual, social and political tension in New York City.....