Charlie Croker was once a fabled college football star and is now a late-middle-aged Atlanta real estate entrepeneur-turned conglomerate king, whose expansionist ambitions and outsize ego have at last hit up against reality. Charlie has a 28,000 acre quail shooting plantation, a young and demanding second wife and a half-empty downtown tower with a staggering load of debt.
Tom Wolfe was the razor sharp chronicler of the 1980s and now boldly turns to dissect greed-obsessed America on the cusp of the millenium.
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A hugely enjoyable and impressive read, 800-odd pages of splendid plot, terrific characterization and astounding detail... Dickens would have approved - The Times Books of the Year
Enthralling enough even to satisfy The Bonfire of the Vanities devotees...humane and redemptive - Sunday Times Books of the Year
Fiercely and instantly addictive...this book will be a good friend to you - Guardian
Powerful... Beautiful... As funny as anything Wolfe has ever written; at the same time it is also deeply, strangely affecting - New York Times Book Review
A masterpiece...the difference between seeing the world in slices and seeing it in full - Wall Street Journal
You only have to read the first sentence to be totally gripped - Sunday Telegraph
Powerful...beautiful...as funny as anything Wolfe has ever written; at the same time it is also deeply, strangely affecting - Newsweek
Wolfe is a peerless observer, a fearless satirist, a genius in full - People
A brilliant book - vast, satirical, moving, often profound - Independent on Sunday
What razor-sharp brilliance! What sublime satirical wit!... The lives of Wolfe's seemingly unconnected cast of characters, bouncing off the pages as vividly as any of Dickens', become gradually interwoven. Wolfe takes ironic swipes at greed, class, racism from both sides of the fence and financial and political corruption... A what a wonderful way Wolfe has with dialogue and with the barbaric euphemisms of street slang and rap. Sheer genius - Daily Mail
Novels of this size... always have flaws and the occasional lull, but Wolfe's fizzy prose and amusingly mean-spirited social observations make up for any other deficiencies. Highly entertaining - Irish Times
There are far too many delicious examples of Wolfe's razor sharp wit and stylish writing. So I'll simply say that if you enjoy a slice of American fiction, then this book will not disappoint. Otherwise, I'll eat my hat. A big, bold, brash, brilliant book, beautifully-written. Highly recommended - TheBookBag.co.uk
Tom Wolfe is the author of more than a dozen books, among them The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities,I Am Charlotte Simmons and Back to Blood. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his BA at Washington and Lee University and a PhD in American studies at Yale. He lives in New York City.