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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
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"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
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.
National Book Critics Circle Awards - Nominee