The Bonfire of the Vanities: A Novel

by Tom Wolfe

Picador | March 4, 2008 | Trade Paperback

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Vintage Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities, the #1 bestseller that will forever define late-twentieth-century New York style. "No one has portrayed New York Society this accurately and devastatingly since Edith Wharton" (The National Review)"A page-turner . . . Brilliant high comedy." (The New Republic)

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 704 pages, 8.19 × 5.55 × 1.21 in

Published: March 4, 2008

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312427573

ISBN - 13: 9780312427573

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The Bonfire of the Vanities: A Novel

The Bonfire of the Vanities: A Novel

by Tom Wolfe

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 704 pages, 8.19 × 5.55 × 1.21 in

Published: March 4, 2008

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312427573

ISBN - 13: 9780312427573

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Prologue: Mutt on Fire"And then say what? say, 'forget you're hungry, forget you got shot innaback by some racist cop-Chuck was here? Chuck come up toHarlem-'""No, I'll tell you what-""'Chuck come up to Harlem and-'"''I'll tell you what-""Say, 'Chuck come up to Harlem and gonna take care a business forthe black community'?"That does it.Heh-heggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!It's one of those ungodly contralto cackles somewhere out there inthe audience. It's a sound from down so deep, from under so many lavishlayers, he knows exactly what she must look like. Two hundredpounds, if she's an ounce! Built like an oil burner! The cackle sets offthe men. They erupt with those belly sounds he hates so much.They go, "Hehhehheh ... unnnnhhhh-hunhhh ... That's right ...Tell 'em, bro ... Yo ... "Chuck! The insolent-he's right there, right there in the front-hejust called him a Charlie! Chuck is short for Charlie, and Charlie is theold code name for a down-home white bigot. The insolence of it! Theimpudence! The heat and glare are terrific. It makes the Mayor squint.It's the TV lights. He's inside a blinding haze. He can barely make outthe heckler's face. He sees a tall silhouette and the fantastic bony anglesthe man's elbows make when he throws his hands up in the air. And anearring. The man has a big gold earring in one ear.The Mayor leans into the microphone and says, "No, I'll tell youwhat. Okay? I'll give you the actual figures. Okay?""We don't want your figures, man!"Man, he says!
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From the Publisher

Vintage Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities, the #1 bestseller that will forever define late-twentieth-century New York style. "No one has portrayed New York Society this accurately and devastatingly since Edith Wharton" (The National Review)"A page-turner . . . Brilliant high comedy." (The New Republic)

About the Author

Tom Wolfe is the author of a dozen books, among them such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. He lives in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

"A big, bitter, funny, craftily plotted book that grabs you by the lapels and won't let you go." -The New York Times Book Review

"The Bonfire of the Vanities chronicles the collapse of a Wall Street bond trader, and examines a world in which fortunes are made and lost at the blink of a computer screen. . . . Wolfe's subject couldn't be more topical: New Yorkers' relentless pursuit and flaunting of wealth, and the fury it evokes in the have-nots." -USA Today

"A superb human comedy and the first novel ever to get contemporary New York, in all its arrogance and shame and heterogeneity and insularity, exactly right." -The Washington Post Book World

"A page-turner . . . Brilliant high comedy." -The New Republic

"More than a tour de force." -Time