A Man in Full: A Novel by Tom Wolfe

By Tom Wolfe

Large males. vast funds. enormous video games. significant libidos. huge trouble.

A decade in the past, The Bonfire of the Vanities outlined an era—and confirmed Tom Wolfe as our leading fictional chronicler of the US at its such a lot outrageous and alive. This time the atmosphere is Atlanta, Georgia—a racially combined late-century boomtown packed with clean wealth, avid speculators, and worldly-wise politicians. The protagonist is Charles Croker, as soon as a school soccer celebrity, now a late-middle-aged Atlanta real-estate entrepreneur grew to become conglomerate king, whose expansionist pursuits and outsize ego have finally hit up opposed to truth. Charlie has a 28,000-acre quail-shooting plantation, a tender and critical moment wife—and a half-empty workplace tower with a spectacular load of debt. whilst megastar operating again Fareek Fanon—the delight of 1 of Atlanta's grimmest slums—is accused of raping an Atlanta blueblood's daughter, the city's soft racial stability is shattered in a single day. Networks of unlawful Asian immigrants crisscrossing the continent, way of life at the back of bars, shady real-estate syndicates, cast-off first better halves of the company elite, the racially charged politics of faculty sports—Wolfe indicates us the disparate worlds of latest the USA with the entire verve, wit, and perception that experience made him our so much exceptional, such a lot famous modern novelist.

A guy in complete is a 1998 nationwide ebook Award Finalist for Fiction.

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