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5.0 out of 5 stars A novel that addresses the real world, with gusto and power., 21 Nov 1998
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This review is from: A Man in Full (Hardcover)
While some may enjoy the precious chamber pieces that win plaudits and awards ('Amsterdam', 'England, England') this reviewer prefers the courage, energy, and downright bigness of 'A Man in Full'. There are set pieces in this work which have the energy of a Green River Rising and the wit of a Gore Vidal. Who but Wolfe would set a major scene in a frozen food depot? Who but Wolfe could make such a place so alive and forbidding? Unlike almost any other serious contemporary writer the white-suited Wolfe likes to get himself dirty. He writes not from an ivory tower but from the cab of a fork-lift truck. At the same time he maintains an aloofness that miraculaously keeps the writer himself out of the narrative. Given the idiosyncacies of his style this is an amazing feat. There is none of the Look-at-me writing of Don DeLillo or other mannered craftsmen of the contemporary American novel (do we have Nabokov to blame for this?). Tom Wolfe is unafraid of politics, of morals, of big ideas. He is also very funny. As good as Bonfire, and the best novel since. A peach.
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