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The Kandy-kolored Tangerine-flake Streamline Baby (Picador Books) Paperback – 10 Jul 1981

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  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (10 July 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330265253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330265256
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.5 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,658,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Verdict: excellent book by a genius' Kurt Vonnegut --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
Tom Wolfe puts together a pastiche of journalistic articles about 1960's America, ranging from such esoterica as demolition derbies to the media-celebrity culture of New York. As always, Wolfe's style of Beat-Journalism cuts sharply to the point without resorting to overused clichés, describing such cultures in his own highly original style and capturing his view perfectly.

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.
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In a series of independant snap-shots of aspects of contemporary American culture in the 1960's, this snappily written book has something for everyone. It is a more interesting read now than when it was first published.
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.
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I think I'm right in saying this is Tome Wolfe's 1st book? That might explain why it comes across to me as 40% Salinger / 40% Kerouac in style. Some passages, like the ones about Phil Spector & Cassius Clay (yes that's what he was called then), are great. And I especially liked the chapters on drag / stock car racing which place the roots of the early 1950s youth revolution firmly on the race track even before James Dean appeared on screen.

A good book to dip into and get a taste of the times. But Wolfe got better than this.
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Funny, well written. Nothing has ever surpassed bonfire of the vanities thoufg
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