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The Bonfire of the Vanities
The Bonfire of the Vanities
Author: Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe’s 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 downwar...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553275971
ISBN-10: 0553275976
Publication Date: 12/1/1988
Pages: 704
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  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 178 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Wickedly Funny!
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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!
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extremely quick, amusing read. i'm barely old enough to remember the '80s but this sensational roman a clef makes for a very entertaining story about the high life and the low life in new york city.
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Sherman McCoy is your hero. You just won't admit it.
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This book and the movie based on it got blasted in the press. But, I thoroughly enjoyed it when it first came out. Don't listen to the critics on this one. It is an absorbing and interesting read.
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Not nearly as much fun as anticipated. Dated, though unmistakable Tom Wolfe style. Finished it, but was gritting my teeth. Resigned simply to not be a Wolfe fan.
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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.
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Though this story was a bit cynical and gritty at times, it was a satisfying read. It gives you a little taste of Wall Street in the 80's complete with a greedy stock broker who gets his comeuppance.


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