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Enjoyable but a weak ending
on 5 August 2006
I picked this book from the shelves of a hostel in Buenos Aires, i recognised ther name Tom Wolfe from having read the somewhat hazy 'electric kool-aid acid test'.
Wolfe writes in an undemanding prose that succeeds in being extremely readable. My first impressions (of a man in full) were overwhelmingly positive and found myself entwined in the affairs of the main characters and becomming increasingly curious as to what would become of them.
Wolfe manages to place the reader within vivid scenes in which characters endure gruelling ordeals. Of note is the 'workout' session the books main character Charlie Croker undergoes at the hands of some sadistic bankers eager to recoup some of the fortune owed to them by him.
Another highlight is the 'day from hell' that another of the characters, Conrad Hensley, suffers a day in which he increasingly feels like he is being chewed up and spat out by the world, culminating in his arrest for aggrevated assault.
Having thoroughly enjoyed the vast majority of the book and expecting quite a climax, the end was a disappointment. It seems to me like Wolfe had build up such a complex tapestry that he himself could not quite wrap it up in a convincing fashion. The ending is weak and trails off leving the reader unfulfilled.