Sherman McCoy is a WASP, bond trader and self-appointed 'Master of the Universe'. He has a fashionable wife, a Park Avenue apartment and a Southern mistress. His spectacular fall begins the moment he is involved in an accident in the Bronx. Prosecutors, newspaper hacks, politicians and clergy close in on him, determined to bring him down.
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"If there is a set-book of the Eighties, it is Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities. No other novel has achieved such a precise place in the imagination of the reading classes. With his first attempt at fiction Wolfe has become the 'Dickens or Balzac of his age'; the dandy journalist has become the towering genius" ( The Times)
"Wolfe's modern morality tale displays the sardonic humour and sharp appreciation of the grotesque familiar to admirers of his non fiction... Savagely funny and compelling" ( Guardian)
"The air of New York crackles with an energy that causes the adrenalin to pump, until one has the illusion that this is where the whole of life is taking place. The feeling is perfectly reproduced in Wolfe's novel, which opens such cans of worms as racial hostility, dress codes, political labelling and the cynical opportunism that governs every action. It's, well, electric" ( Sunday Times)
"It's witty, sprawling and ambitious" ( Daily Telegraph)
"Impossible to put down" ( Wall Street Journal)
'A human comedy, on a skyscraper scale and at taxi-meter pace' Newsweek
Wall Street bonds trader Sherman McCoy is a self-styled 'Master of the Universe', until he finds himself lost in the Bronx at night, with a young black man under the wheels of his Mercedes, and his mistress at the wheel.
Fuelled by the city's outrage, a desperate journalist, a megalomaniac reverend and a conspiring assistant District Attorney all play their part in Sherman McCoy's disastrous fall from grace.
The Bonfire of the Vanities is the definitive American novel of the 80s - electric, exuberant and razor sharp.
'An incandescent sizzler of a novel' Sunday Times
'Savagely funny and compelling' Guardian
'Enthralling' Evening Standard
'Superb' Washington Post Book World
'An absolute triumph' Independent
'Witty, sprawling and ambitious' Daily Telegraph
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Description du livre CCV, 2010. Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0099548798