Blogs in July 2020

A Man in Full 1st July 2020

The setting is Atlanta, Georgia — a racially mixed, late-century boomtown full of fresh wealth and wily politicians. The protagonist is Charles Croker, once a college football star, now a late-middle-aged Atlanta conglomerate king whose outsize ego has at...

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The Bonfire of the Vanities 1st January 1970

He wasn’t aging: he was growing up. Bonfire’s pyrotechnic satire of 1980s New York wasn’t just Wolfe’s best book, it was the best bestselling fiction debut of the decade, a miraculously realistic study of an unbelievably status-mad society, from...

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Bloody Miami 1st January 1970

What sex was to Sigmund Freud, status is to Mr Wolfe: the ultimate drive. In this, his first novel in eight years, Magdalena, the girlfriend of his protagonist, Nestor Camacho, an officer with the Miami Marine Patrol, longs to...

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