La hoguera de las vanidades

La hoguera de las vanidades Tom Wolfe debut triunfalmente como novelista con La hoguera de las vanidades que fue calificada como la novela de Nueva York El protagonista es un yuppie un asesor financiero que se ha convertido en

  • Title: La hoguera de las vanidades
  • Author: Tom Wolfe
  • ISBN: 9788433920546
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tom Wolfe debut triunfalmente como novelista con La hoguera de las vanidades, que fue calificada como la novela de Nueva York El protagonista es un yuppie, un asesor financiero que se ha convertido en la estrella de una firma de brokers, pero que se ve inmerso en rocambolescas dificultades jur dicas, matrimoniales e incluso econ micas a partir de la noche en que se pierdTom Wolfe debut triunfalmente como novelista con La hoguera de las vanidades, que fue calificada como la novela de Nueva York El protagonista es un yuppie, un asesor financiero que se ha convertido en la estrella de una firma de brokers, pero que se ve inmerso en rocambolescas dificultades jur dicas, matrimoniales e incluso econ micas a partir de la noche en que se pierde por las calles del Bronx cuando llevaba a su amante del aeropuerto Kennedy a su nido de amor A partir de esta peripecia, Tom Wolfe va hilando una compleja trama que le permite presentar el mundo de las altas finanzas, los restaurantes de moda y las exclusivas parties de Park Avenue, as como el submundo picaresco de la polic a y los tribunales del Bronx, y tambi n el mafioso universo de Harlem y las nuevas sectas religiosas Un hilarante e irrepetible fresco, diseccionado con desenvuelta crueldad y acerada iron a por un Tom Wolfe en plenitud de facultades El personaje central resulta ser finalmente la gran capital del mundo en este final de siglo Nueva York, con todos sus esplendores y todas sus miserias, retratada en la prosa de tecnicolor, vistavisi n y sensorround que es la marca de f brica de ese maestro de periodistas y, como demuestra aqu , personal simo y magistral novelista que es Tom Wolfe.

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    1. I hope Tom Wolfe has gotten so laid because of this book. I hope women have put down this book, thrown on some lingerie, and walked over to his apartment – unless Wolfe is gay, in which case, I hope men have done the lingerie thing. I hope women (or men) invented a time machine to travel back in time and lay young Tom Wolfe because of this book. I hope Tom Wolfe has gotten anybody he’s ever wanted – x-ray, lemon tart, girls with any shade of lipstick imaginable, men with impressive sternoc [...]

    2. This is one hell of a book. When the Eastern Nebraska Men’s Bibliophile & Social Club (a.k.a. my book club) picked The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what it was about and, ultimately, how it’d make me feel. New York! The 80s! Wall Street and Wall Street; big hair and bigger cell phones; Masters of the Universe and “Greed is Good”. That’s what I expected. Frankly, it did not intrigue me all that much. Well, The Bonfire of the Vanities is [...]

    3. What an amazing book. Wolfe not only tells a great story but is a master of the English language and his prose is rich with multi-layered metaphors, symbolism, allusions, and I was fascinated by the various references to Edgar Allan Poe. I was sorry to finish it. I must now watch the movie again if nothing else to highlight how pale a medium is film when compared to literature.A modern classic.

    4. This book was a refreshing change from the introspective, thoughtful books I'd been reading. It had been a while since a book had me glued to the bed all day, lying on my right side or lying on my left side, with the A/C turned on or with the A/C turned off, wearing my shirt or not wearing my shirt, with the book in hand or without the book in hand, marveling at a particular turn of phrase or dreaming about juicy jugs and loamy loins (a Wolfism). This lengthy novel at 700 pages was a page turner [...]

    5. "Bullshit reigns."The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom WolfeA brilliant, shrewdly constructed satire of the 1980s in America, and particularly in New York City. The Bonfire of the Vanities is big, biting and humorous. Wolfe belted NYC/USA with jabs, one after another--each simultaneously ruthless and delightful--burning the excesses of Wall Street, tabloid journalism, the social set in the Big Apple, high profile racial violence such as that in Howard Beach, Queens in 1986, the justice system, men's [...]

    6. This book was good but, as are all Tom Wolfe books, it was long winded and there were too many pages and it could have been cut down drastically. And even though it was too long, the ending seemed as though all those pages don't even tell the whole story.

    7. Bonfire of the Vanities is not so much one massive pyre but several large and closely situated camp-fire like conflagrations. Conflagration 1: Master of the Universe, bond baron and archetypal WASP Sherman McCoy, has reached the top of his particular tree and is enjoying the view from on high while ensuring that his chin is always seen at the right angle. It is nice being at the top of things because well, lets face it, no one wants to be at the bottom. The problem with being at the top of the t [...]

    8. Well well, I find I never reviewed this one. It wooshed back into my mind yesterday when I came across the hangover scene in Lucky Jim – Tom Wolfe was clearly trying to go one better with the various hangover scenes suffered by his slimy English journalist character. This is something that happens in art. You like a thing, could be a movie or a novel, and then you find a chunk of it was an artful homage or riff on or nod toward or blatant ripoff of something you hadn’t come across yet. I wou [...]

    9. This book is noisy. Too noisy that it makes it painful to read. The characters are always talking as if they are all suffering from dialog diarrhea. Not only that. Wolfe likes to capture every single sound from either human or non-human entities in the novel. Take this as an example:Haw haw haw haw haw haw haw, sang the Towheaded TenorHack hack hack hack hack hack hack, sang Inez Bavardage.Hock hock hock hock hock hock hock hock hock hock hock, bawled his own wife.or this:The elevator starts dow [...]

    10. Wow. I started off feeling very lukewarm about this one, mostly because I couldn't get over my distaste for some of the characters. But about 100 pages in I started to feel confused about whom I actually felt sympathetic toward (the only truly good character never gets to speak). 200 pages in, I couldn't stop reading anymore. This book is hilarious in a bitter and infuriating way. It's a study of how people will use each other and not even notice how they are routinely used by other people until [...]

    11. A terrific book! I remember reading a review where someone called him "a day-glo Dickens". I am not personally a big Dickens fan, but presumably the person who wrote this was, and I agree with his sentiment. Wolfe takes apart late 80's US society in the same way Dickens did with British society a hundred years earlier all the characters are larger-than-life parodies, but that's the charm of it. Both the narrative and the dialogue are hysterically funny. Or at least I thought so - I can see from [...]

    12. "I don't care who you are, sometime in your life you're gonna be on the wrong side a the law, and some people got the heart for it and some don't."Dickens without Dickens, this book with its overkill title (view spoiler)[ one character gets burnt, a couple of others mildly singed, and there is no Savonarola on sin-inducing luxury goods action either (hide spoiler)] chronicles 1980s New York as Dickens did Victorian London, using the plot as a vehicle to bring the worlds of rich and poor together [...]

    13. Ove la recensionista si rianima e decide che potrebbe ancora diventare qualcuno.Ok sono pronta:prima guardate questa foto.i874otobucket/albums/abOra questa.i874otobucket/albums/abOra quest’altra.i874otobucket/albums/abChi è l’intruso?Troppo difficile? Ok, cercherò di rendervi il gioco più facile.Un attimo che mescolo le carte. Non guardate eh?Ok, potete girarvi. Prima foto:i874otobucket/albums/abAdesso guardate questa:i874otobucket/albums/abE infine questa.i874otobucket/albums/abRipeto: q [...]

    14. Dear Mr. Wolfe,While I agree that your insistence upon wearing your white suits incessantly allows you to cut a rather eccentric figure, and while I too would have relished the opportunity to cavort with the Merry Pranksters while remaining resolutely sober--in short, sir, as much as I respect and admire your air of debonair Protestant abstemiousness--I must protest. Your prose is by turns flavorless and overbearing, and your endless and unnecessary recourse to ellipsises and the exclamation poi [...]

    15. A hilarious and damning indictment of Wall Street, the media, the criminal justice system, and, well, America. Every element of Tom Wolfe’s novel is virtually flawless--an engrossing plot, memorable scenes, a conversational style of writing replete with sardonic wit, themes both overt and subtle and the characters, ah, the characters.Wolfe’s talent lies, I think, in his ability to paint such tragic, deeply flawed characters in a comical yet sympathetic light. The characters are written so vi [...]

    16. This novel still reads well and remains topical after more than twenty-five years. Mr. Wolfe handles confrontations with great verve and wit – these are confrontations between very distinct groups of people – bankers, district attorneys, ghetto thugs, preachers, journalists, detectives Mr. Wolfe also perpetuates tremendous momentum through-out this six hundred page book.His observations of society through these different class groups are astute. For instance the detectives are bewildered by [...]

    17. Blew. Me. Away.I was lucky enough to spend one year of my life living in Manhattan in the early 1990s. It is a place different to anywhere else and I wondered whether this book (which I read due to its placement on Boxall's 1001 Books to Read list) could possibly capture the bigger-than-life, completely urban, life lived at the speed of light attitude that is NYC. I wondered. I doubted. And I was amazed, because it did.

    18. When I am asked what my favorite book ever is, this is one that immediately springs to mind. Wolfe's writing is some of the best of the 20th Century, and this story of investment bankers, homeless people and the collusion between rich and poor is the best explanation of the 80's, and manages to be a story that explains more about an era than any history of the time ever could. Wolfe has moved from recreating how non-fiction was written to a brilliant novelist.

    19. When a former co-worker recommended I read the Bonfire of the Vanities, he said that it is an economist's book because it is a book about systems rather than individuals. I was intrigued, but held back because 1) let's face it, not the top of my list and 2) David Foster Wallace (love of my literary life) wrote a rather scathing essay about Wolfe and his generation of American writers who are sexist, macho, and generally yucky and unenlightened. After having finished the book, both the economist [...]

    20. It's hard to think of a good quality American novel that better captured a Zeitgeist. In this case it was NYC in the 80s. When I read Wolfe's descriptions of the upper class women in their Park Avenue apartments, I see Carolyne Roehm with her tiny upturned nose and giant shoulderpads. Wolfe is writing about several classes of people, but his brilliance comes out with the uppers rather than the lowers or middles. In a snooty restaurant: "Fallow could see cluster after cluster of men with bald hea [...]

    21. This book is a whole other beast. Throughout Wolfe uses phonetics to great effect in casting his characters in all their brutal-and-suave-tongued rage. The Haves rave against the Have-nots; the Have-nots rage against the rich. And in the end, every single character, the Haves and Have-nots alike, is no better than the other. The only way you win is to embrace your animal nature, the nature to survive at all costs. I found the character of Peter Fallow dull throughout most of the novel, but as th [...]

    22. After reading a few books recently by first-time authors, I felt like I stumbled into the definition of mastery with this book. It's thick and deeply descriptive, so visceral. and the language is amazing. Wolfe captures accents so deliciously well that you find yourself speaking the words along with the characters blend yourself into the sound environment with them.I've never been so grateful for tightly woven backgrounds and stages so artfully set. I hate being plopped into the lives of charact [...]

    23. I have to say I don't think I have ever read a novel with such an accurate view of the world. With the exception of little details that dated the novel, I felt like I was seeing (reading?) a snapshot of New York today. Not that it doesn't apply to the rest of the country. If you look at Wolfe's portrayal of the media, the authorities, and race relations and then take a look at your community, you'll see the similarities.As I was taking a quick break from Trollope, it was refreshing to see a nove [...]

    24. Mental and good fun. Just like New York imagines itself to be. But New York is just annoying."Vulgar, but not as vulgar as Louis Vuitton, thought Sherman.""He gave the boy a wide-eyed smile of such warmth and love, it caused Kramer to swallow""If you consciously envisioned something that dreadful, then it couldn't possibly take place, could it God or Fate would refuse to be anticipated by a mere mortal, wouldn't He He always insisted on giving His disasters the purity of surprise, didn't He "" [...]

    25. This book made a much deeper impression on me than I expected it to. At the very least, I will never look at jury duty in the same way again. So, the plot in a nutshell: Sherman McCoy, a wealthy investment banker (white, obviously), is driving his mistress home from the airport one night when they take a wrong turn and end up in the Bronx. This ends with them hitting a nineteen-year-old black boy and then driving away. The story follows McCoy trying to cover up the accident while the Bronx detec [...]

    26. I finished this last night, and I've been mulling it over all day. On the one hand, Wolfe is a talented writer, capable of creating vivid, visceral scenes. On the other hand, he relies on a lot of crutches, most notably the ellipsis-riddled paragraph to represent the frenzied thoughts of a person in panic.Wolfe does a remarkable job of creating a bunch of horrible characters who we nonetheless end up having some positive feelings for at the end of the story. However, the reason we end up sympath [...]

    27. "'Holy fucking shit!" shouted the Yale men and the Harvard men and the Stanford men. "Ho-lee fucking shit.' How these sons of the great universities, these legatees of Jefferson, Emerson, Thoreau, William James, Frederick Jackson Turner, William Lyons Phelps, Samuel Flagg Bemis, and the other three name giants of of American Scholarship-how these inheritors of the lux and the veritas now flocked to Wall Street and to the bond-trading room of Pierce and Pierce! How the stories circulated on every [...]

    28. I think the thing that I took away from this the most was that everyone was so caught up in the perception of justice that they failed to try for actual justice. All of the egos, the greed, the vanity, the arrogance, the self-love, the narcissism was getting in the way.The book is told from multiple POVs and all of them were quite nauseating. After a bit of time though, I started to see that all of these appalling POVs were actually illustrating all of these lovely qualities that pervaded the 80 [...]

    29. È inutile.Devo arrendermi all'idea che le frasi da retrocopertina abbiano cominciato ad azzeccarci con una frequenza insolente. "Una grande commedia umana" trionfa saccentemente nella didascalia de Il falò delle vanità senza che io riesca a trovare cavilli per smentirne la veridicità.Una commedia umana, una sfilata tragicomica (molto tragica e molto comica se si hanno ancora energie per ridere) di tipi-umani, tanto chirurgica da essere agghiacciante e magnifica al tempo stesso.E se diciamo c [...]

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