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The Bonfire of the Vanities
Title:The Bonfire of the Vanities
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No description available, No description available, Tom Wolfe began i The Right Stuff i at a time when it was unfashionable to contemplate American heroism Nixon had left the White House in disgrace the nation was reeling from the catastrophe of Vietnam and in the year the book appeared Americans were being held hostage by Iranian militants Yet it was exactly the anachronistic courage of his subjects that captivated Wolfe In his foreword he notes that as late as almost one in four career Navy pilots died in accidents i The Right Stuff i he explains became a story of why men were willing willing delighted to take on such odds in this an era literary people had long since characterized as the age of the anti hero p Wolfe s roots in New Journalism were intertwined with the nonfiction novel that Truman Capote had pioneered with i In Cold Blood i As Capote did Wolfe tells his story from a limited omniscient perspective dropping into the lives of his characters as each in turn becomes a major player in the space program After an opening chapter on the terror of being a test pilot s wife the story cuts back to the late s when Americans were first attempting to break the sound barrier Test pilots we discover are people who live fast lives with dangerous machines not all of them airborne Chuck Yeager was certainly among the fastest and his determination to push through Mach a feat that some had predicted would cause the destruction of any aircraft makes him the book s guiding spirit p p Yet soon the focus shifts to the seven initial astronauts Wolfe traces Alan Shepard s suborbital flight and Gus Grissom s embarrassing panic on the high seas making the controversial claim that Grissom flooded his Liberty capsule by blowing the escape hatch too soon The author also produces an admiring portrait of John Glenn s apple pie heroism and selfless dedication By the time Wolfe concludes with a return to Yeager and his late career exploits the narrative s epic proportions and literary merits are secure Certainly i The Right Stuff i is the best the funniest and the most vivid book ever written about America s manned space program i Patrick O Kelley i p, Tom Wolfe the master social novelist of our time the spot on chronicler of all things contemporary and cultural presents a sensational new novel about life love and learning or the lack of it amid today s American colleges br br Our story unfolds at fictional Dupont University those Olympian halls of scholarship housing the cream of America s youth the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition Or so it appears to beautiful brilliant Charlotte Simmons a sheltered freshman from North Carolina But Charlotte soon learns to her mounting dismay that for the upper crust coeds of Dupont sex cool and kegs trump academic achievement every time br br As Charlotte encounters the paragons of Dupont s privileged elite her roommate Beverly a Groton educated Brahmin in lusty pursuit of lacrosse players Jojo Johanssen the only white starting player on Dupont s godlike basketball team whose position is threatened by a hotshot black freshman from the projects the Young Turk of Saint Ray fraternity Hoyt Thorpe whose heady sense of entitlement and social domination is clinched by his accidental brawl with a bodyguard for the governor of California and Adam Geller one of the Millennial Mutants who run the university s independent newspaper and who consider themselves the last bastion of intellectual endeavor on the sex crazed jock obsessed campus she is seduced by the heady glamour of acceptance betraying both her values and upbringing before she grasps the power of being different and the exotic allure of her own innocence br br With his trademark satirical wit and famously sharp eye for telling detail Wolfe s I Am Charlotte Simmons draws on extensive observations at campuses across the country to immortalize the early st century college going experience