The Bonfire of the Vanities

A Novel

Tom Wolfe

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Vintage Tom Wolfe, 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)

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Prologue: Mutt on Fire

"And then say what? say, 'forget you're hungry, forget you got shot inna
back by some racist cop-Chuck was here? Chuck come up to
"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 for
the black community'?"
That does it.
It's one of those ungodly contralto cackles somewhere out there in
the audience. It's a sound from down so deep, from under so many lavish
layers, he knows exactly what she

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Praise for The Bonfire of the Vanities

"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

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About the Author

Tom Wolfe

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.

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The Bonfire of the Vanities
A Novel
Tom Wolfe


National Book Critics Circle Awards - Nominee

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
February 2002
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ISBN: 9781429960564
ISBN10: 1429960566
704 pages

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Trade Paperback
March 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312427573
ISBN10: 0312427573
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 704 pages

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