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The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby by Tom Wolfe
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Jul 26, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction
Read from July 26 to August 11, 2010

Tom Wolfe offers a very unique look at the different cultural groups of America, from fringe sport enthusiasts and mega-rockers, to status-hungry socialites and other affluent New Yorkers who do little more than complain about everything and jockey for social position. While the first half of the book, dealing with pop culture and fringe society, is vastly more entertaining than the second half, dealing with the debutantes and captain-of-industry dandies; the entire book is permeated with Wolfe's extraordinary ability to weave words and produce captivating journalism from the seemingly mundane. He is a master at piercing through the superficial façade of these caricatures and showing the raw and vulnerable humanism that lies beneath. The only thing that I found unsettling was his obsessive use of the esoteric adjective "atherosclerotic". Besides that strange quirk, I thought the collection was extremely well written and quite engrossing. Case in point - he is writing about socialites and stock cars drivers from the early 60's, which is not the typical milieu for someone such as myself (under 30 and despises fame seekers and stock cars racing), yet I still breezed through the book and enjoyed every page. I would definitely recommend this as an historic look at some very intriguing Americana.
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