The Kandy-kolored Tangerine-flake Streamline Baby (Picador Books) Paperback – 10 Jul 1981
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""Might well be required reading in courses with names like American studies."--"Time "Magazine"" "I'm always rereading Tom Wolfe's "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby.""--David Gates "Tom Wolfe is a terrific writer."--"The Washington Monthly """ "Wolfe can do things with words and settings that few writers are capable of matching."--Tom Walker, "The Denver Post""" "The man's done the impossible. He--Yes!--understands America!"--"Houston Chronicle "
"His eye and ear for detailed observation are incomparable; and observation is to the satirist what bullets are to a gun."--"The Boston Sunday Globe
Might well be required reading in courses with names like American studies. "Time Magazine"
I'm always rereading Tom Wolfe's "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby." "David Gates"
Tom Wolfe is a terrific writer. "The Washington Monthly"
Wolfe can do things with words and settings that few writers are capable of matching. "Tom Walker, The Denver Post"
The man's done the impossible. He--Yes!--understands America! "Houston Chronicle"
His eye and ear for detailed observation are incomparable; and observation is to the satirist what bullets are to a gun. "The Boston Sunday Globe"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Verdict: excellent book by a genius' Kurt Vonnegut --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Some of his articles are about life in the grime of reality, and some seem to be almost a grotesque caricature of life in the celebrity set. However for me this was an excellent retrospect of 1960's culture, whether as a reflection of reality itself, or as a reflection of how certain popular cultural icons were perceived by the general public.
Wolfe's style and wit are to me, unsurpassed and I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the 1960's. Most complimentary of all, I would recommend this book to myself, for a second read sometime in the future.
The title piece covers the custom car genre and contains first-hand accounts of encounters with some of the great characters of the time such as Ed Roth and George Barris. Also of interest to car enthusiasts is the chapter on "The last American Hero", with extraordinary tales of Junior Johnson the NASCAR race driver, and his formative days racing the police whilst running moonshine from the illicit stills in the hills.
Similar pieces cover the modern art scene, fashion, and numerous off-beat facets of New York life.
Highly entertaining - highly recommended.
A good book to dip into and get a taste of the times. But Wolfe got better than this.