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  • Published: 21 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9781446442067
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 752
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A Man In Full




A brand new edition of Tom Wolfe's masterpiece of the late 1990s — Bonfire of the Vanities ten years on.

Ten years ago, The Bonfire of the Vanities defined an era — and established Tom Wolfe as the prime fictional chronicler of America at its most outrageous and alive. Now the master is back with a coast-to-coast portrait of America on the cusp of the millennium. Bold, caustic and hilarious, A Man in Full spares no one as Wolfe dissects the insatiable greed, vanity and hunger for bearings that characterise today's USA.

The setting is Atlanta, Georgia — a racially mixed, late-century boom-town full of fresh wealth, avid speculators and worldly-wise politicians. The protagonist is Charles Croker, once a fabled college football star, now a late-middle-aged Atlanta real estate entrepreneur-turned-conglomerate king whose expansionist ambitions and outsize ego have at last hit up against reality. Charlie has a 28,0000-acre quail-shooting plantation, a young and demanding second wife — and a half-empty tower downtown with a staggering load of debt.

  • Pub date: 21 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9781446442067
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 752

About the Author

Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) was the author of more than a dozen books, among them The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, I Am Charlotte Simmons and Back to Blood. He received the National Book Foundation's 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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Praise for A Man In Full

“A hugely enjoyable and impressive read, 800-odd pages of splendid plot, terrific characterization and astounding detail... Dickens would have approved”

Harry Ritchie, The Times Books of the Year

“Enthralling enough even to satisfy The Bonfire of the Vanities devotees...humane and redemptive”

Ruth Rendell, Sunday Times Books of the Year

“Fiercely and instantly addictive...this book will be a good friend to you”

Martin Amis, Guardian

“Powerful... Beautiful... As funny as anything Wolfe has ever written; at the same time it is also deeply, strangely affecting”

New York Times Book Review

“A masterpiece...the difference between seeing the world in slices and seeing it in full”

Andrew Ferguson, Wall Street Journal

“You only have to read the first sentence to be totally gripped”

Miriam Gross, Sunday Telegraph

“Powerful...beautiful...as funny as anything Wolfe has ever written; at the same time it is also deeply, strangely affecting”

Malcolm Jones Jr., Newsweek

“Wolfe is a peerless observer, a fearless satirist, a genius in full”

Kyle Smith, People

“A brilliant book - vast, satirical, moving, often profound”

Justin Cartwright, Independent on Sunday

“What razor-sharp brilliance! What sublime satirical wit!... The lives of Wolfe's seemingly unconnected cast of characters, bouncing off the pages as vividly as any of Dickens', become gradually interwoven. Wolfe takes ironic swipes at greed, class, racism from both sides of the fence and financial and political corruption... A what a wonderful way Wolfe has with dialogue and with the barbaric euphemisms of street slang and rap. Sheer genius”

Val Hennessy, Daily Mail

“Novels of this size... always have flaws and the occasional lull, but Wolfe's fizzy prose and amusingly mean-spirited social observations make up for any other deficiencies. Highly entertaining”

Irish Times

“There are far too many delicious examples of Wolfe's razor sharp wit and stylish writing. So I'll simply say that if you enjoy a slice of American fiction, then this book will not disappoint. Otherwise, I'll eat my hat. A big, bold, brash, brilliant book, beautifully-written. Highly recommended”

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