Saturday, January 23, 2021

Bonfire of the Vanities

In early 1980's New York, a few characters try to improve their lots in life. All are selfish and flawed; in other words, they are human. How something will make one look is what guides behaviour, rather than what is right. This is the closest to describing real life that I've ever seen in a book: Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities

Despite there being no real protagonist, the story is excellent. The witty writing also kept me entertained. The class/racial struggles that had a strong bearing on the plot also made me think I learned something. I highly recommend the novel.

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