Wow! This story is so much better than I thought it would be. I love this book! Sherman McCoy, husband, father, wall street financer, and self-proclaiWow! This story is so much better than I thought it would be. I love this book! Sherman McCoy, husband, father, wall street financer, and self-proclaimed "Master of the Universe" finds himself in bind: after picking up his mistress from the airport, one night, he finds himself lost in the Bronx and ends up in a confusing tangle with two local black youths. His mistress, Maria Ruskin, takes control of the car and accidently hits one of the kids during their flight but both are uncertain what actually happened and whether or not one of the kids was struck. When the kid, Henry Lamb, ends up in a coma, the entire story is exposed by a perpetually drunk, and lazy yet ambitious British journalist named Peter Fallow. Reverend Bacon, the so-called spokesman for the Bronx community, sends out his war cries against the "whitewashed legal system" and demands justice. The assistant DA, a schmuck named Larry Kramer (with his manly sternocleidomastoid muscles), is desperate to prosecute the case in order to not only satisy the media-whore DA, Sam Weiss, but also to suitably impress young attractive females...despite the fact that he's also married and has a son.
The story has a seemingly simple plot, but is set into an elaborate backdrop of rich vs poor, right vs wrong, perceptions vs reality, and enormous ego vs enormous ego. The characters are richly-detailed and their stories are as compelling as the main plot itself. Of course, McCoy is an idiot but a sort of likeable idiot. I ended up feeling so sorry for him despite the fact that he was an over-privileged pompous windbag. And if McCoy was an idiot, then Kramer is the dumbest of the lot. His self-adulation is sickening and ends up becoming his greatest liability. Reverend Bacon is my conception of the purest evil in humanity. A self-righteous megalomaniac who abuses the plight of "his people" to increase his own power and wealth, Bacon is ultimately the hand of McCoy's personal destruction. Of the myraid characters, Tommy Killian, McCoy's lawyer, is my favorite. An excellent, excellent read! Definitely on my 100 favorites list!...more