A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe
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May 13, 2002
I suspect that Tom Wolfe is one of those writers who you either love his work, or you hate it. This being my first foray into his books, I loved "A Man in Full". My motivations for picking up this book were not pure: I'd read an article about the apparent feud between Wolfe and John Irving and decided to read both. Being that the book was 787 pages, I figured I would settle in for a long, dull book, but "A Man in Full" was fast-paced, funny, and a pleasure to read.
This was one of those rare books where I went to bed reading, and woke up wanting to read more. Wolfe's writing style is unique (some might say just outright BAD), but I found it very easy to read. Moreover, I was really interested in finding out what would happen to the central characters, and how the seemingly separate story lines would all come together.
As much as I loved this book there are a couple of things that keep it from being a 5-star read. First, the plot of escaped convict-turned-messenger of Zeus Conrad Hensley is a bit out there. Second, Wolfe has this annoying way of translating his character's dialogue, especially Charlie Croker's Southern drawl. Come on, most of have read Huck Finn or seen "Gone with the Wind", we know how the stereotypical Southerner talks. And Conrad's cellmate, Five-O, talks like Jar Jar Binks (I was thankful Wolf translated HIS lines).
Other than that, I greatly enjoyed "A Man in Full" and would recommend it for those looking for a book that will make you think and laugh.