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A Man in Full
A Man in Full
Author: Tom Wolfe
Big men. Big money. Big games. Big libidos. Big trouble. — A decade ago, The Bonfire of the Vanities defined an era--and established Tom Wolfe as our prime fictional chronicler of America at its most outrageous and alive. This time the setting is Atlanta, Georgia--a racially mixed late-century boomtown full of fresh wealth, avid speculator...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780374270322
ISBN-10: 0374270325
Publication Date: 11/12/1998
Pages: 742
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 62 ratings
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
I loved it. The book is now a little bit dated, but still a great read. Some of his descriptions are so spot on and funny. He is actually a great satirist, who makes a lot of points but does so in an enjoyable way.
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Tom Wolfe's prose and story telling do not disappoint -- until the last 20 pages. A gripping book with a lousy ending. Still, worth the read for the writing itself.
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The York Times Book Review says it best, "The novel contains passages as powerful and as beautiful as anything writtennot merely by contemporary American novelists but by any American Novelist....The book is as funny as anything Wolfe has ever written; at the same time it is also deeply, strangely affecting." If you liked Wolfe's other novels you will like this one. And if you've never read him, this is a great introduction to his sardonic take on men and women on the make.
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Probably Tom Wolfe's finest book. A tour de force. Utterly captivating, brilliant.
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Not up to The Right Stuff but a good read.
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Other than it seemed like Tom Wolfe had a contract to produce "X" amount of pages in his publishing contract, the story was great until the sloppy ending. I think he could have done better.
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Very funny satire about modern day south.
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Tom Wolfe's novel stars a college football star turned millionaire businessman who, in late middle age, finds himself with a troublesome young wife and a mountain of debt. The cast includes Conrad Hensley, who gets in trouble with the law after losing his job; a black ex-athlete accused of raping a white girl; and the lawyer who represents him. This explosive, multihued novel about the tension in late 20th-century Atlanta involves illegal immigrants, prison life, shady real estate deals, trophy wives and the women they have replaced. Wolfe's first novel in 11 years was a finalist for the 1998 National Book Award. A New York Times Notable Book for 1998.
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This is an awesome book by an outstanding writer. The characters are unique and tell their stories with specific voice and clarity. It is not a thriller, but I was riveted to the book until the very last word.
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Excellent theme and some very interesting characters. Plot takes some zig-zags but holds together in the end. Some very graphic scenes described.