A Man in Full: A Novel

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Apr 1, 2010 - Fiction - 742 pages

Big men. Big money. Big games. Big libidos. Big trouble.

A decade ago, The Bonfire of the Vanities defined an era--and established Tom Wolfe as our prime fictional chronicler of America at its most outrageous and alive. This time the setting is Atlanta, Georgia--a racially mixed late-century boomtown full of fresh wealth, avid speculators, and worldly-wise politicians. The protagonist is Charles Croker, once a 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 28,000-acre quail-shooting plantation, a young and demanding second wife--and a half-empty office tower with a staggering load of debt. When star running back Fareek Fanon--the pride of one of Atlanta's grimmest slums--is accused of raping an Atlanta blueblood's daughter, the city's delicate racial balance is shattered overnight. Networks of illegal Asian immigrants crisscrossing the continent, daily life behind bars, shady real-estate syndicates, cast-off first wives of the corporate elite, the racially charged politics of college sports--Wolfe shows us the disparate worlds of contemporary America with all the verve, wit, and insight that have made him our most phenomenal, most admired contemporary novelist.

A Man in Full is a 1998 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

 

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I first read this book about 25 years ago, and remembered it as being outstanding. So much so, that I purchased it again after having loaned it out and thus losing it forever. While I remembered the ... Read full review

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Wolfe's description of the events leading up to a character's imprisonment is priceless! I think we have all had days that just seem to go from bad to worse, but this one takes the cake. Parts of this book reminded me of Koszinki's _Being There_. Read full review

Contents

Capm Charlie
3
Chocolate Mecca 1
17
The Saddle bags
34
Turpm time
59
Beige Half Brothers
90
The Suicidal Freezer Unit
108
In the Lair of the Lust
134
Hello Out There 7Eleven Land
158
Epictetus Comes to Da House
395
Mais Army
466
The Real Buck head
493
Chambodia
514
The Deal
544
G ridiron Heroes
573
Starring Darwell Scruggs
592
Holding Hands
604

The Lay of the Land
179
The Superfluous Woman
207
The Red Dog
234
This Is Not Right 2 49
249
The Breeding Barn
276
The Arrest 3 1
312
Gods Cosmic Joke
324
The Rubber Room 34
341
Gotch a Back
370
The Scree m
618
The Spark of Zeus
636
Epictetus in Buckhead
652
The Bull and the Lion
668
Roger Black
690
The Manager 71
711
A Man of the World
729
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Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) was one of the founders of the New Journalism movement and the author of such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, as well as the novels The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. As a reporter, he wrote articles for The Washington Post, the New York Herald Tribune, Esquire, and New York magazine, and is credited with coining the term, “The Me Decade.”

Among his many honors, Tom was awarded the National Book Award, the John Dos Passos Award, the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, the National Humanities Medal, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University, graduating cum laude, and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lived in New York City.

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