Round 44 #tenatatime TBR
When Sherman McCoy keeps calling himself Master of the Universe & with the incredible amount of !!!!!, wasn‘t sure I could take it.It‘s the greed is good 80s & Sherman takes a wrong turn in the Bronx, hits a young man w/ his car.The decisions he makes ,will change his life forever.It is a crafted study of good , bad, & ulterior motives across class,race, & ethnicity .A bit evil & darkly humorous .⬇️ #doublespin
Ok , I am going to finish the night reading tagged book , but a baseball break and a cosmopolitan seemed like the right thing to do. 🍸⚾️
For some reason Nacho doesn‘t want me to read my #doublespin book.😀😹
I haven‘t read this yet, it‘s on my TBR shelf. As the blurb says, it‘s ‘a caustic satire on the money-feverish Eighties‘
And yes we do have the fire on! Despite record-breaking day time temperatures it‘s still freezing overnight...
My book club selected this read...which I started with the best of intentions last night. Since my eyes closed on me, I‘m only 68 pages in, but to be honest, I don‘t know what to make if it yet—which is perfectly fine. So, onward and forward I go, deeper into the vault that contains this story‘s plot...
This was my first Tom Wolfe book. I‘d seen the abysmal movie adaptation in high school and never thought of it again. And then I ran into the book at our Friends of the Library sale. So glad I gave it another go. Really great satire of 80‘s materialism. I‘d love to see someone give this another go as a series.
This is my favorite novel. I don't know how Tom Wolfe did it, but when you read this book you feel like you're in the car, in the courtroom, hearing the crowds shouting. There even is an expression "A Bonfire of the Vanities experience." I had this experience -it's when you (like the main character) are driving in heavy NY traffic and there are @6 exits ahead. The wrong choice could lead you to a sketchy, deserted neighborhood.
“Tom Wolfe, a great artist, got dressed in a suit and tie to write at his typewriter everyday. He wrote as he dressed, with style and precision in equal measure. He was, to use his own phrase, radical chic. Tom Wolfe was 88 years old.” —Brian Williams
I never would have read this if it wasn‘t a book club pick, but I ended up loving it! Moral ambiguities abound: power hungry prosecutors, profit driven media, self serving civil rights activists, and entitled aristocrats are all telling versions of the truth about a fatal hit and run in the Bronx, but it is all so, so murky, and therefore compelling. Even with some dated references, it is as relevant today as it was when it was published in 1987.
The rest of my Thrift Books haul arrived today. I‘m much happier with the condition of these, although the sticker ripped the spine of one of my books. 😩 I can get over that though. Now I just have to make room for these on my challenge shelf! #bookhaul
Towards the middle, after the accident, I started to get interested and towards the end I can't put the book down. The book is really interesting just started a bit slow for me. If you're going to read it make sure to know or research Wall Street and lawyer terms/words to make reading easy for you.
I sorted through a ton of papers from my childhood and teenage years today and ditched almost everything. Some of the stuff exists in digital form, some of it's been copied into my current journal, and some of it was too terrible even to recycle. I roasted marshmallows to celebrate letting it all go.
I DID find my first comics script, though, along with a short story that complements it, and I think there may be something to it. So that's good.
I read this novel #PublishedInThe1980s for a literature of NYC class during my undergrad. While some of the absurd situations were hilarious, I wasn't the biggest fan of it. I will say this, it felt like The Great Gatsby of the 1980s, perfectly capturing the feel of the decade while it was still going on. #JuneBookBugs
Published at the height of 80s glitz and excess, Bonfire is very much a product of it's time. Still, its scathing and merciless exploration of greed, fame, power, class and race remain as relevant today as during the Regan era. Though certainly not without its blind spots, Bonfire is a highly enjoyable read for mild misanthropes and those who appreciate top notch writing chops. Highly quotable! #LitsyAtoZ #bookclubbing
"Cold spots of metal in the small of his back and over his sternum. He had become that loathsome animal the...the...But *loathsome* was only a word, wasn't it? Now that he had actually become that creature, he no longer actually *felt* even a twinge of guilt. Fear had remapped the moral geography very quickly."
A temporary shelf in my library. Can't wait for this room to get done. Priced out the permanent bookshelves and the paint for the walls, and it's a loooot of money to save up *sighs*. I have to read this Wolfe book and give it back to my friend. I've been borrowing it for months 😆.
I'm not sure why I was supposed to love this book so much. There weren't enough 80s references to make it nostalgic and so much of the story seemed like needless filler. I did think the ending was great, but that was about it. Glad I read an "iconic" book but wouldn't recommend.