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Tom Wolfe Books – I really like what I’ve read so far


The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

I finally got around to reading a couple of books by Tom Wolfe. After fifteen years of haunting books stores and thrift shops, I was no stranger to the site of the Tom Wolfe books and their enormous spines and daunting page counts. I wish I hadn’t waited so long.

So far, I’ve only read A Man in Full and The Bonfire of the Vanities, but at this point I know I’ll read every word he wrote. Above all, his tales of high finance, drugs, powerful (and pitiful) men, and family dramas are hilarious. He’s a lively writer, and nobody does dialogue better.

So if you’re looking for a place to start, here’s the Tom Wolfe bibliography. I’ll get full reviews up in other posts, then this post will link out to them.

I am Charlotte Simmons

A Man in Full

The Bonfire of the Vanities

The Right Stuff

Hooking Up

The Purple Decades

From Bauhaus to Our House

In Our Time

Mauve Gloves & Madmen, Clutter and Vine

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

The Pump-House Gang

The Kandy-Colored, Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby

Also, I like his suits.



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  • Heather May 23, 2012, 7:07 am

    Kool-Aid Acid Trip is awesome, as is Bonfire. He’s hilarious! Good choice, Hanagarne! I applaud you! 🙂

  • mole May 24, 2012, 6:35 pm

    Looks like you’ve left The Painted Word off your list. If you’re interested in modern art, Wolfe debunks some of its excesses in this entertaining book (actually just an extended essay that can be read in one sitting).

  • Dan John September 1, 2012, 9:39 am

    I’m a huge fan of Wolfe. “Charlotte” was reviewed badly, but I really liked the book. It all comes together in about three pages. “Man in Full” is the same, although the last few pages, the summary in a discussion, was odd.