A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City. Suddenly, Sherman finds himself embroiled in the most brutal, high-profile case of the year, as prosecutors, politicians, the press, the police, the clergy, and assorted hustlers rush in to further their own political and social agendas. With so many egos at stake, the last priority on anyone's mind is truth or justice in this bitingly hilarious American satire.
©1987 Tom Wolfe; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"A big, bitter, funny, craftily plotted book that grabs you by the lapels and won't let go." (New York Times Book Review)
"Sheer entertainment against a fabulous background....Often hilarious, and much, much more." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Erupting from the first line with noise, color, tension and immediacy....brilliant." (Publishers Weekly)
I am inspired by the beautiful women, girls, and men who I’ve met over the years that lack the self-esteem to recognize their own beauty.
You must forgive the book for it was written in a different time, a time when race was a bigger issue and religion and politics were more raw. It is interesting how this book can say things then that would not even be allowed socially now. OK yes I agree this is full of stereotypes and in some cases out and out prejudice. But there is a grain of truth in it all and it shows how both the media, justice and the special interest groups create unintended victims. It also pokes holes at the smug rich and shows really how fragile it all is. But most of all it is just a classic comedy of pile of humans building a ridiculously funny situation.
This was a very long story about characters that I still did not connect with, even after listening for 27 hours. Some content was interesting but most was maddening, so at least the story did provoke some emotion. Of course it was a well-written story, considering the author, and the performance was flawless. I'm just a bit sad that I chose to spend a day of my life listening to this instead of...pretty much anything else.
Tom Wolfe can write a damn sentence! And although this tale of hubris has a devastating bite, it is a book in search of an ending. The narrator is one of the best I've heard, switching from character to character with ease.
It's a very good listen, just don't expect a WOW ending.
I got this book because I recognized the title as a perceived classic. Maybe it is a statement of the author's wtiting prowess that I found the characters so annoying. However I kept wondering if this would ever end. I really had to force myself to finish. I don't think I'll be picking up any more Tom Wolfe stories anytime soon.
The story was intriguing but I have to say that the narration by Joe Barrett pushed the audio version of the book to exceptional! I would listen to other books narrated by him just to hear his rendition.
This is a great audio performance. The reader does a fantastic job portraying different voices for each character. This is the best book I've ever listen to or ever read. The main story with its characters can be played out in todays news.
Excellent story about class and race relations. The issues are amazingly applicable, even 30 years after it was written. Wolfe is witty and comical, so the heavy subject matter is lightened perfectly. Highly recommended.
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