By Tom Wolfe
Reading Tom Wolfe is an education in culture, the vicissitudes of life, the human condition, the power of narrative, and the riches of the English language. Like Sherman McCoy (Bonfire of The Vanities) and Charlotte Simmons (I Am Charlotte Simmons), Wolfe's protagonist Charlie Croker is frustratingly real. The author's attention to detail is amazing and his story captivating . . . riveting in some places. At some point every writer must land the plane. To me, A Man In Full felt like it hit the tarmac a little hard. Were Wolfe to place a Bible in Conrad's hands instead of Epictetus and The Stoics many may have ignored his sermon. That said, I appreciated the message!