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4.0 out of 5 stars Always readable
Tom Wolfe could make the telehone directory interesting. Here he brings his exuberant prose to bear on a range of matters from the important to the trivial. A biographical essay on the founder of Intel doesn't sound a gripping prospect but Wolfe turns it into a classic story of All American success - he gives it a narrative drive focussed on an honest individual with a...
Published on 28 Jan 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars a very mixed bag
As a great admirer of much of Tom wolfe's work (especially the two huge novels) I was expecting quite a lot from this collection. Unfortunately it is a very mixed and uneven read. Starting with an excellent piece on the developers of much of the high tech revolution and also containing a reasonable "novella"
On the other hand we do have a lengthy reaction...
Published on 7 Nov 2001 by Clive Pacey


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a very mixed bag, 7 Nov 2001
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Clive Pacey (london) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hooking Up (Paperback)
As a great admirer of much of Tom wolfe's work (especially the two huge novels) I was expecting quite a lot from this collection. Unfortunately it is a very mixed and uneven read. Starting with an excellent piece on the developers of much of the high tech revolution and also containing a reasonable "novella"
On the other hand we do have a lengthy reaction to the critcism of a Man in Full by other heavyweight novelists, which whilst valid points were made, sounded like a lenghty and petulant rant and was frankly very broing
Other pieces touch on philosiphy, science and jounalism. Interesting to some maybe, but not always that gripping to me, although his fine sense of humour does shine through.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Always readable, 28 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Hooking Up (Hardcover)
Tom Wolfe could make the telehone directory interesting. Here he brings his exuberant prose to bear on a range of matters from the important to the trivial. A biographical essay on the founder of Intel doesn't sound a gripping prospect but Wolfe turns it into a classic story of All American success - he gives it a narrative drive focussed on an honest individual with a vision conquering over the cynical establishment in New York. A continuing obsession for Wolfe - which is there in many of these pieces - is the success of the American Dream - energetic, new, creative, democratic - against the stifling European traditions of old money, cynicism, safety, order, etc. I enjoyed that piece, and the essays on the new Darwinism - again he makes it work by personalising it into a battle between particular academics. The novella Ambush at Forth Worth is throughly enjoyable if slight. The piece in which he lays into John Irving, Norman Mailer, and John Updike is irresistable, but shows Wolfe's vanity and trivial tendencies at their worst - surely he sees how lame he sounds when bragging about the quality of his novel based on some of the reviews, and the number of sales!
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2.0 out of 5 stars americana, 22 May 2003
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Unlike other reviewer,I haven`t read his two big books,but big fan of his New Journalism (read in late 70s,growing up in the U.K.). I`ll disagree with him about the `Three Stooges` piece about Man In Full...it`s the kind of literary crticism I like; gossipy,thoughtful,and educative about the tough business of writing. The rest I can live without,being all too rooted in American issues...also he seems to be turning into a bit of a P.J. O` Rourke,and some of his journalism/thought on European/British cultural issues might ne interesting.
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