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Tom Wolfe, Copyright: Jacques Lowe
Tom Wolfe
born: 3-2-1931
in: Richmond, Virginia


Read "10 Questions
for Tom Wolfe" from the
New York Times
(March 03)

1965 .|. The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-
      Flake Streamline Baby
Excerpt from Random House
1968 .|. The Pump House Gang Excerpt from Random House
1968 .|. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test Excerpt from Random House
1970 .|. Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the
      Flak Catchers
Excerpt from Random House
1975 .|. The Painted Word
1976 .|. Mauve Gloves & Madmen,
      Clutter & Vine
Excerpt from Random House
1979 .|. The Right Stuff Excerpt from Random House
1980 .|. In Our Time
1981 .|. From Bauhaus to Our House Excerpt from Random House
1982 .|. The Purple Decades
1987 .|. The Bonfire of the Vanities Excerpt from Random House
1990 .|. The New Journalism (Ed.)
1998 .|. A Man in Full Excerpt from Random House .|. Bookworm's Comment
2000 .|. Hooking up Excerpt from MostlyFiction.com
2004 .|. I am Charlotte Simmons Excerpt from New York Times (Registration necessary)

A Man in Full
"A Man in Full" (BCA, Hardcover, 1998, read: March 99)
"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 last hit up against reality. Charlie has a 29.000-acre quail-shooting plantation, a young and demanding second wife - and a half-empty office complex with a staggering load of debt...."

On top of that it's about Conrad Hensley, a young man, who gets to know the american justice system after being laid off of one of Crokers warehouses, Fareek 'the Cannon' Fannon, a football star suspected of rape, Roger White II., his lawyer and Martha Croker, Charlie's first wife. All these people revolve around Charlie Croker who, knowingly or unknowingly, changes their lives.
I waited for this book a long time. 10 years ago I read Tom Wolfe's last novel 'Bonfire of the Vanities' in no time. For me it was THE book of the 80s. Now it should be followed by THE book of the 90s ... I read all 742 pages of my volume nicely, put it back into my bookshelf and forgot about it. One can't say for sure that the book is 'bad', but for me all one can say about it is 'ok, someone wrote a book .. so what'. It doesn't leave an impression. And therefore I can't think of anything else to say about it. What a pity.
[Dorothée Büttgen, May 99]

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