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The bonfire of the vanities a novel

Sherman McCoy, the central figure of Tom Wolfe's first novel, is a young investment banker with a fourteen-room apartment in Manhattan. When he is involved in a freak accident in the Bronx, prosecutors, politicians, the press, the police, the clergy, and assorted hustlers high and low close in on him, licking their chops and giving us a gargantuan helping of the human comedy of New York in the last years of the twentieth century, a city boiling over with racial and ethnic hostilities and burning with the itch to Grab It Now. Wolfe's gallery ranges from Wall Street, where people in their thirties feel like small-fry if they're not yet making a million per, to the real streets, where the aim is lower but the itch is just as virulent. We see this feverish landscape through the eyes of McCoy's wife and his mistress; the young prosecutor for whom the McCoy case would be the answer to prayer; the ne'er-do-well British journalist who needs such a case to save his career in America; the street-wise Irish lawyer who becomes McCoy's only ally; and Reverand Bacon of Harlem, a master manipulator of public opinion. Above all, we see what happens when the criminal justice system-gorged with "the chow," as the Bronx prosecutor calls the borough's usual black and Latin felons-considers the prospect of being handed a prime cut like Sherman McCoy of Park Avenue. The Bonfire of the Vanities is a novel, but it is based on the same sort of detailed on-scene reporting as Wolfe's great non-fiction bestsellers, The Right Stuff, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. And it is every bit as eye-opening in its achievements. It is a big, panoramic story of the metropolis--the kind of fiction strangely absent from our literature in the second half of this century-that reinforces Tom Wolfe's reputation as the foremost chronicler of the way we live in America.

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  • "Sherman McCoy, the central figure of Tom Wolfe's first novel, is a young investment banker with a fourteen-room apartment in Manhattan. When he is involved in a freak accident in the Bronx, prosecutors, politicians, the press, the police, the clergy, and assorted hustlers high and low close in on him, licking their chops and giving us a gargantuan helping of the human comedy of New York in the last years of the twentieth century, a city boiling over with racial and ethnic hostilities and burning with the itch to Grab It Now. Wolfe's gallery ranges from Wall Street, where people in their thirties feel like small-fry if they're not yet making a million per, to the real streets, where the aim is lower but the itch is just as virulent. We see this feverish landscape through the eyes of McCoy's wife and his mistress; the young prosecutor for whom the McCoy case would be the answer to prayer; the ne'er-do-well British journalist who needs such a case to save his career in America; the street-wise Irish lawyer who becomes McCoy's only ally; and Reverand Bacon of Harlem, a master manipulator of public opinion. Above all, we see what happens when the criminal justice system-gorged with "the chow," as the Bronx prosecutor calls the borough's usual black and Latin felons-considers the prospect of being handed a prime cut like Sherman McCoy of Park Avenue. The Bonfire of the Vanities is a novel, but it is based on the same sort of detailed on-scene reporting as Wolfe's great non-fiction bestsellers, The Right Stuff, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. And it is every bit as eye-opening in its achievements. It is a big, panoramic story of the metropolis--the kind of fiction strangely absent from our literature in the second half of this century-that reinforces Tom Wolfe's reputation as the foremost chronicler of the way we live in America."@en
  • ""Sherman McCoy mène une vie luxueuse entre Wall Street, dont il est l'un des jeunes lions, et Park Avenue. Un soir, revenant de l'aéroport avec sa maîtresse, il rate la sortie de l'autoroute, et se perd dans le Bronx. Au moment où il croit enfin échapper à ce quartier de tous les dangers, deux jeunes noirs s'avancent, menaçants, vers sa Mercedes ... Le couple parvient à s'enfuir, mais écrase l'un des deux hommes. Pour Sherman McCoy, c'est le début de la chute. Sa vie affective et professionnelle est pulvérisée, et l'univers dont il se croyait le maître flambe sur le bûcher de toutes les vanités. Graduellement, inexorablement, l'étau se resserre, sans que l'on sache, jusqu'aux toutes dernières pages, comment le cauchemar se terminera."
  • "Sherman McCoy, Wall Street wunderkind, seems to have it all. But then he finds himself involved in a freak accident involving two black muggers, his Mercedes and his mistress. As a result McCoy learns that prosecutors, politicians and press are lining up to devour him with shameless relish."@en
  • "Le pouvoir et l'argent; luttes et collusions. Un gros roman-choc écrit par un célèbre romancier qui, il y a quelques années, était un journaliste satirique apprécié d'une élite. Un hymne à New York, nouvelle Babylone, scandaleuse, raciste et corrompue. Le héros est un banquier (raider) de ces êtres plutôt médiocres qui ont rammassé des fortunes en profitant du "hasard historique du boom financier" (C. David). Style et intentions à la Zola."
  • "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."@en
  • "Press kit includes 1 correction sheet, and opening annoncement story sheet, cast and credits listing and production information."@en
  • "Sherman McCoy, a young investment banker in Manhattan, finds himself arrested following a freak accident and becomes involved with prosecutors, politicians, the press, and assorted hustlers."
  • "Sherman McCoy, a young investment banker in Manhattan, finds himself arrested following a freak accident and becomes involved with prosecutors, politicians, the press, and assorted hustlers."@en
  • "Financial "Master of the Universe" Sherman McCoy sees his life unravel when his mistress Maria Ruskin hits a black boy with his car. When yellow journalist Peter Fallow enflames public opinion with a series of distorted tabloid articles on the accident, the case is seized upon by opportunists like Reverend Bacon and mayoral candidate D.A. Abe Weiss -- Jon Reeves."@en
  • "A Wall Street wheeler-dealer has everything going his way. But one night, in the right car with the wrong woman, he took a wrong turn at the wrong place, and nothing has gone right ever since."
  • "One of the most celebrated bestsellers of the decade, here is Wolfe's wise and wickedly brilliant novel of lust, greed, Wall Street and the American way of life in the '80s."@en
  • "The Bonfire of the Vanities is a masterpiece, a riotous, exuberant and passionate epic that captures the greed and corruption of eighties New York and examines it under the microscope of Wolfe's famed satiric wit. Sherman McCoy, Wall Street wunderkind, seems to have it all; a salary like a telephone number, a home on Park Avenue, a beautiful wife and child, a mistress, a Mercedes. He is a Master of the Universel But then he gets lost one dark night in the Bronx, and his mercedes hits something. That something turns out to be Henry Lamb, a young black man who is now in a coma; for Sherman meanwhile, everything is about to unravel so fast he will hardly have time to change his thousand dollar suit ..."@en
  • "Sherman MacCoy, fleuron de la jeune aristocratie des boursiers de Wall Street, vit très luxueusement sur Park Avenue. Mais, un soir, tout bascule : perdu dans le Bronx avec sa maîtresse, il renverse un jeune Noir et prend la fuite. Une des plus cyniques et des plus justes présentations de New York."

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  • "The bonfire of vanities"
  • "Le Bucher Des Vanites / (French Text)"@en
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