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CatullusV

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Very entertaining writer, and a great social commentarist.

Journalist and author who won a name as a brilliant satirist with the ‘novel of the 1980s’, The Bonfire of the Vanities, captured a generation with 'Electric Kool aid acid test '

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/15/tom-wolfe-obituarytom
His essays were a things of wonder. I eagerly awaited Bonfire but was disappointed. "The Right Stuff" is a deceptively simple story told with the utmost flair. The film is fantastic too.
 

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His essays were a things of wonder. I eagerly awaited Bonfire but was disappointed. "The Right Stuff" is a deceptively simple story told with the utmost flair. The film is fantastic too.
I loved 'A man in Full '
 

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He was/ is a pleasure to read ,unfortunately not as popularly read as he should be .
 

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He was wildly inconsistent: either spot on, or missed it by a mile.

His essays are much better than his fiction, IMO. Very much the conservative gadfly who was brilliant at identifying hypocrisy.

Where he lost it was when he tried to make some Big Statement. It always ended up being bathetic.
 

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They say every writer produces at least one book worth reading.

Wolfe did not even achieve that.


He did however produce just one book that was worth making a film of i.e. Bonfire of the Vanities.

The film was a success not because of the rather predictable script but because of fine direction and acting skills.

So Wolfs contribution to the arts:

3 out of ten.

Fail.
 

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The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test was a work of genius, the essays very good, the novels not so much.
 

CatullusV

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They say every writer produces at least one book worth reading.

Wolfe did not even achieve that.


He did however produce just one book that was worth making a film of i.e. Bonfire of the Vanities.

The film was a success not because of the rather predictable script but because of fine direction and acting skills.

So Wolfs contribution to the arts:

3 out of ten.

Fail.
He in conjunction with Hunter S also created a new form of journalism.
 

The Field Marshal

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I think that's what they call projection, Fieldy.
It was you who said the man was not happy.
If you are not happy then you must be miserable.
That is called logic.
 

Spirit Of Newgrange

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he had 'the right stuff' himself. RiP
 

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I read Bonfire of the Vanities and it was really enjoyable. A great portrait of yuppie-ism, the media and race relations in '80s Manhattan.

Wolfe seemed to write from a sceptical, conservative angle. He wasn't a liberal.
 

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His essays were a things of wonder. I eagerly awaited Bonfire but was disappointed. "The Right Stuff" is a deceptively simple story told with the utmost flair. The film is fantastic too.
The Right Stuff was brilliant!

Esp the opening Chapter

In fact its the only one of his works I have read

BOV I would love to read but there is to much stuff ahead in the q....
 

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The Right Stuff was brilliant!

Esp the opening Chapter

In fact its the only one of his works I have read

BOV I would love to read but there is to much stuff ahead in the q....
BOV was a great read , but it was of the eighties, and may appear dated now.
 

Gurdiev77

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They say every writer produces at least one book worth reading.

Wolfe did not even achieve that.


He did however produce just one book that was worth making a film of i.e. Bonfire of the Vanities.

The film was a success not because of the rather predictable script but because of fine direction and acting skills.

So Wolfs contribution to the arts:

3 out of ten.

Fail.
curmudgeon
 


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