A Man in Full

A Man in Full The setting is Atlanta Georgia a racially mixed late century boomtown full of fresh wealth and wily politicians The protagonist is Charles Croker once a college football star now a late middle age

  • Title: A Man in Full
  • Author: Tom Wolfe
  • ISBN: 9780553381337
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Paperback
  • The setting is Atlanta, Georgia a racially mixed, late century boomtown full of fresh wealth and wily politicians The protagonist is Charles Croker, once a college football star, now a late middle aged Atlanta conglomerate king whose outsize ego has at last hit up against reality Charlie has a 29,000 acre quail shooting plantation, a young and demanding second wife, anThe setting is Atlanta, Georgia a racially mixed, late century boomtown full of fresh wealth and wily politicians The protagonist is Charles Croker, once a college football star, now a late middle aged Atlanta conglomerate king whose outsize ego has at last hit up against reality Charlie has a 29,000 acre quail shooting plantation, a young and demanding second wife, and a half empty office complex with a staggering load of debt.Meanwhile, Conrad Hensley, idealistic young father of two, is laid off from his job at the Croker Global Foods warehouse near Oakland and finds himself spiraling into the lower depths of the American legal system.And back in Atlanta, when star Georgia Tech running back Fareek the Canon Fanon, a homegrown product of the city s slums, is accused of date raping the daughter of a pillar of the white establishment, upscale black lawyer Roger White II is asked to represent Fanon and help keep the city s delicate racial balance from blowing sky high.Networks of illegal Asian immigrants crisscrossing the continent, daily life behind bars, shady real estate syndicates Wolfe shows us contemporary America with all the verve, wit, and insight that have made him our most admired novelist Charlie Croker s deliverance from his tribulations provides an unforgettable denouement to the most widely awaited, hilarious and telling novel America has seen in ages Tom Wolfe s most outstanding achievement to date.

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    1. Dear Tom Wolfe,I am writing to you now about your insistence on describing what every character is wearing in every scene of your 741-page epic, A Man in Full. I am convinced that, had you chosen to avoid doing such a thing as describe each cut of cloth, each brand name, each sartorial style, and its significance based on the character or the setting, etc this book could have been a much crisper, much leaner, much more manly 400 pages.Sincerely, SteveBut I guess that’s what you get when a fopp [...]

    2. Ah, what to say about this book that the other reviewers haven't already said?One thing - this book seems to be present wherever used books are sold. Every old shop has a surplus of them. It's always on the dollar shelves at book sales. Even at the local thrift stores, it's there, sitting right next to Lonesome Dove and Tim Allen's autobiography.This book must find its way to second-hand shelves because it's both big AND mainstream. In the age of quick-selling novellas, there aren't many authors [...]

    3. This book is Tom Wolfe's Masterpiece. I have read The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test and The Bonfire of the Vanities and this is by far his greatest accomplishment. I was surprised to read the reviews saying the book is contrived and predictable. I thought is was an engaging commentary on American culture. Tom Wolfe is first and foremost a social commentator and this book is no exception. I generally avoid modern authors as the contemporary authors are weak writers, this book is awesome. Ignore the [...]

    4. I can't believe I bought this 740 page pop seller. It is so unlike what I usually read. I'm glad I broke out of the box and read it. It is well written, fascinating, thought provoking, delightful, fairly light reading, even at 700 pages. I read it in less than a week, as I just couldn't put it down. This is the first Tom Wolfe book I've read. The story evolves around 4 main characters, and one of them ends up in jail. I decided to skip many of the jail sections, as I cringed at the violence that [...]

    5. Charlie Croker is one pig-headed cracker from the old-South. Charlie raises horses, fearlessly handles snakes, shoots quail, runs his own fleet of jets, is married to a younger, beautiful woman, and is in general a good ole boy -- even owns an honest ta gawd plantation where all the helpin' folk are black.Mr. Croker is also a man in prime need of a humbling experience. Charlie is a real estate developer and his most serious problems result from a wide-body ego coupled with backward planning: des [...]

    6. I read this about 8 years ago and started listening to it again a few weeks ago while I was doing some home improvment projects. I love tom Wolfe - I think he is one of the best story tellers ever and he can really spin a totally believable tale. He creates so much suspense and anxiety in very real-life kinds of situations. This is the story of 4 main characters as they come to find out what potential lies within each of them. Its great, but it does have a lot of harsh language and some sexual c [...]

    7. This is an uproarious and energized story of America. For over 700 pages Tom Wolfe sustains and enthralls you. The momentum never stops.There are myriad unforgettable confrontations and scenes – who can forget the bankers meeting, the jail settings (particularly the phone conversation), the breeding barn The different classes of America meet and clash – super rich and middle class, black and white, clashes within black society (like who is blacker?), conservative and liberal, southerner and [...]

    8. Firstly, one has to doff the cap to Tom Wolfe’s prose style. The writing throughout this long book remains at a consistently high level, and even chapters which I later considered superfluous were brilliantly written. Absolutely there were points where you could see his research poking through, segments where Wolfe proved he’d learnt something in such fine detail and wanted the reader to know that – but the fact that it was rendered so beautifully in English allowed me to accept these litt [...]

    9. Without a doubt the best book I've ever read in my literary career. Tom Wolfe is the sharpest mother fucker you'll ever read. He brings so many different elements into his writing. He captures the human spirit so excruciatingly well its a revelation to see it written in words. One his best aspects is although he is very literate and descriptive, his story telling is buttery smooth. I found myself blasting through this book, not only because the story, with all its sub plots and twists and turns, [...]

    10. This is a long book at 740 pages. The story builds rather well but the ending does a poor job of wrapping up the story lines. I was very disappointed. Its almost as if Wolfe lost interest in the book and just briefly summed everything up and not very inventively.I mainly read this book to get a feel for Wolfe writing style. Tom Wolfe is nothing if not good at character development. The level of detail he provides really allows you to see the scene in your mind and know the characters in the book [...]

    11. Tom Wolfe can write. The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vanities are two great examples. There are many bright spots in "A Man In Full", for instance, Conrad (the protagonist) ends up in Santa Rita jail, and must struggle surviving in that hostile environment. I thought that was quite well done until fate intervened and conveniently got him out of a bad situation. But all in all, the plot is so convoluted, and the prose is so filled with extraneous minutia, that I struggled to get through it. Th [...]

    12. This is one of my all time favourites. I read it when it came out and still remember parts of it vividly - Charlie Croker's almost invisible women, the rape, the meat factory, the jail, Plato and Socrates, the machinations of racial politics, and the kingly pride of real estate moguls who literally shape our cities. I couldn't put this book down, and even though it slightly fell to pieces in the last fifty pages, it didn't matter when the previous 680 or so had kept me in thrall. It isn't as per [...]

    13. This book might not have captured the zeitgeist as fully as some of Wolfe's other books, but I think time will be very kind to it. In truth, I think it was ahead of its time, presaging the mortgage crisis and all the other excesses of this past decade. Some of the best, funniest, and most insightful writing I have had the pleasure of reading - ever. Just great stuff.

    14. I wanted to like this book because it's set in Atlanta & I like Tom Wolfe. Um, yep, so I wanted to like it. But weighing in at a gajillion pages, if I ever have to read 20 pages about each ancillary character's italian leather loafers or bowtie type or silk cravat knot's again, I may shoot myself in the face.

    15. Charles (Charlie) Croker a middle-aged prominent Atlanta businessman finds his life turned up-side down when his ego brings him to a staggering debt load and to the brink of bankruptcy. Charlie is faced with laying off some workers at his food business to free up cash and buy some time. One victim is young Conrad Hensley who later becomes Charlie's therapist. His bankers smell blood, Raymond Peepgass has even secretly put together a syndicate to take over Crocker's office building at a cut rate. [...]

    16. For the characters in Tom Wolfe's new novel, "A Man in Full," it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. For us, though, it's just the best of times. America has found its Charles Dickens.This book is as full of bravado as its brawling hero, Atlanta's most successful real-estate developer. The outlandish Charlie Croker bristles with masculinity, bulges with power, and boasts a back like a Jersey bull.Bestriding his 29,000-acre plantation, Charlie can't imagine that the cash-flow troubl [...]

    17. I was introduced to Tom Wolfe through Dixon during my time at Furman. I read I am Charlotte Simmons and loved the way Wolfe was able to capture so many aspects of the college experience. I knew the characters he described, they just had different names and lived in my world instead.I learned very quickly that Wolfe has the keen ability to write about life in ways that make you think he experienced every subject he writes about--when he wrote The Right Stuff, he was John Glenn and described the o [...]

    18. The first 772 pages of this novel may rank among some of the best American mainstream fiction ever written. Wolfe certainly took his time in creating his opus maximus and his work ethic is worthy of great respect. I had the sense that Wolfe immersed himself in Atlanta society as the settings and characters seemed incredibly true to life. Wolfe's ear for American dialect showed great range and seemed unfailing in its ability to ring true. The leitmotifs to Epictetus added substance to the work. H [...]

    19. Easily in the top five greatest books I've ever read, Tom Wolfe's, A Man in Full, is a modern day classic that has just as much to say about humanity as Uncle Tom's Cabin or The Jungle. I'm dead serious. Tom Wolfe did the impossible with this book by making every last character both likeable, as well as repugnant in their own little way. In other words, he made them into real human beings. This is why something as, unfortunately, commonplace as a rape case is turned into a sprawling (nearly 700 [...]

    20. Tom Wolfe may not write great female characters, but he is a damned master at writing about the rise and fall of overly self important men in all strata of society. Corporate CEOs, politicians, middle management bankers, athletes, and working class schmoes - he takes us inside their heads where they share largely the same fears, worries, and insecurities. Can I make ends meet on the money I have? How can I get more? Does society respect me? Does my wife/girlfriend respect me, and if not, can I t [...]

    21. I remember that when I first picked up this book it was missing the first 30 pages. The reason is because someone had torn them out to use as toilet paper or to roll up joints or to keep score on during card games. This was in the federal detention center in Miami. I read it anyway. They actually had another copy of this book on the cart that looked like it was in new condition, but that copy was in Spanish. My spanish was intolerable at best, and I considered completing my spanish language lear [...]

    22. I'll go ahead and admit it: he might not be a "great" writer, but I like Wolfe all the same. He has a smooth, flowing style and, though he tends to overindulge--I doubt this book needed to be 742 pages long to achieve the same effect--he fashions a compelling narrative. A little complexity and unpredictability couldn't hurt his characters, but nonetheless Wolfe makes you come away feeling somehow emotionally connected to even the most contemptible plutocrat.

    23. Having become interested in Stoicism, and having much enjoyed prior books by Tom Wolfe, I was eager to read this book. It did not disappoint. Great characters, great dialogue, and vivid settings. And, it included strong Stoic themes.

    24. I hated this book so much I threw it away. It is the ONLY book I have ever done that with but I didn't want anyone to pick it up and read it and have me be responsible for it in any way, shape, or form. I ADORED Bonfire, but this? This was DRECK.

    25. 3.5 stars One of my goals for the New Year is to try new things. I’m trying to apply this resolution to every aspect of my life, including books. Typically, I am pretty open to just about any genre of book, but this book would have never crossed my to read list. Not because I wouldn’t want to read it, the summary was interesting, but it just seemed a little too serious and it was pretty long. However, in keeping with my resolution I checked it out from the library and began. For the most par [...]

    26. Oh, the tawdriness! the tawdriness! as loans negotiator Ray Peepgass puts it. Life among the elite in Atlanta is very much that way Tom Wolfe's scathing wit leaves you wondering why anyone would ever bother with gold, glory and girls.But they do. The plot is quite complex, so I'll just comment on a couple of things. The prose and descriptions alone are worth the read - I was laughing (a lot) and cringing at the same time. One way Wolfe takes the glamour out of anything is putting a dollar price [...]

    27. Atlanta's building giant, the Sixty Minute Man, Charlie Croker is facing bankruptcy. He is given the choice between two ruins and looks to Zeus for the answers. Race wars, prison breaks, earthquakes, interior designis is a book in full. A parable of greed and deception and, ultimately, redemption. Fantastic.

    28. A Man in Full is certainly a book in Full. Wolfe writes with such energy and wonderful detail that it is hard to put this book down. The story follows the fall from grace of Charlie Croker, a property tycoon facing bankruptcy and the dilemma he finds himself in when faced with the prospect of losing everything. As always Wolfe is excellent in delving into the psyche of his protagonist and charting the journey to self discovery. A tale of the pitfalls of greed, the resilience of the human spirit [...]

    29. In many respects, this 1998 novel has a lot going for it. Tom Wolfe creates a convincing panorama of elite life in moneyed Atlanta, complete with a self-indulgent protagonist -- real estate magnate Charlie Croker -- who has risen to great heights by the time we meet him, and whose fall is richly documented over hundreds of pages. Juxtaposed against a cast of rich and powerful characters are a narcissistic college football player and a motley collection of felons and street-folk, all of whom spea [...]

    30. Painful Paean of self-loathingPlot: 150 pages worth of drawn-out setup, spread over 750 pages of florid prose; followed by 150 pages worth of climax/denoument crammed into 30.Characters: Multitudes of self-absorbed, petty characters, most of whom we (unfortunately) have omniscient access to, and yet none of whom are remotely sympathetic. They are so unlikeable that none of them like themselves.Message: Murky and internally conflicted. That describes each character individually, and the work as a [...]

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