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A dissection of greed-obsessed America a decade after The Bonfire of the Vanities and on the cusp of the millennium, from the master chronicler of American culture Tom WolfeCharlie Croker, once a fabled college football star, is now a late-middle-aged Atlanta real estate entrepreneur-turned conglomerate king.
Ten years ago, The Bonfire of the Vanities defined an era - and established Tom Wolfe as the prime fictional chronicler of America at its most outrageous and alive. Now the master is back with a coast-to-coast portrait of America on the cusp of the millennium. Bold, caustic and hilarious, The Stoics' Game spares no one as Wolfe dissects the insatiable greed, vanity and hunger for bearings that characterise today's USA. The setting is Atlanta, Georgia - a racially mixed, late-century boom-town full of fresh wealth, avid speculators and worldly-wise politicians. The protagonist is Charles Croker, once a fabled college football star, now a late-middle-aged Atlanta real estate entrepreneur-turned-conglomerate king whose expansionist ambitions and outsize ego have at last hit up against reality. Charlie has a 28, 0000-acre quail-shooting plantation, a young and demanding second wife - and a half-empty tower downtown with a staggering load of debt.
Tom Wolfe grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and graduated from Washington and Lee University. He received his doctorate in American Studies from Yale University. Mr Wolfe worked as a reporter for The Washington Post, and the New York Herald Tribune. His writing has also appeared in New York magazine, Esquire, and Harper's. His first novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, was published in 1987 to wide acclaim. His most recent novel, I Am Charlotte Simmons, was published by Cape in 2004. He is the author of the following works of non-fiction- The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, The Pump House Gang, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Text, Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, The Painted Word, Mauve Gloves and Madmen, Clutter and Vine, The Right Stuff, From Bauhaus to Our House and The Purple Decades, A Reader.
"A hugely enjoyable and impressive read, 800-odd pages of splendid plot, terrific characterization and astounding detail, set in Atlanta and involving super-rich real-estate moguls, civic politics, racial tensions, a low-ranking banker's ambitious scam and an escaped convict. Dickens would have approved." -- Harry Ritchie The Times Books of the Year "Enthralling enough even to satisfy The Bonfire of the Vanities devotees...humane and redemptive." -- Ruth Rendell Sunday Times Books of the Year "You only have to read the first sentence to be totally gripped." -- Miriam Gross Sunday Telegraph "A masterpiece...the difference between seeing the world in slices and seeing it in full." -- Andrew Ferguson Wall Street Journal "Powerful...beautiful...as funny as anything Wolfe has ever written; at the same time it is also deeply, strangely affecting." -- Malcolm Jones Jr. Newsweek
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