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Description - The Purple Decades by Tom Wolfe

The title of this book is Purple Decades and is written by author Tom Wolfe. The book Purple Decades is published by Vintage Publishing. The ISBN of this book is 9780224029445 and the format is Hardback. The publisher has not provided a book description for Purple Decades by Tom Wolfe.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780224029445
ISBN-10: 0224029444
Format: Hardback
(250mm x 160mm x mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1900
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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US Kirkus Review » Not too many readers would agree with Joe David Bellamy (who provides the introduction here) that Tom Wolfe's New Journalism offers "the definitive, comprehensive, tuned-in portrait of our age." In fact, a reprint collection like this - with Wolfe's hyped-up style and waspish tone changing so little from subculture to subculture, from decade to decade - tends to suggest that the New Journalism offers more insight into the new journalists than it does into their supposed subject-matters. Still, there can be little argument with Bellamy's assertion that the major Wolfe contribution to cultural self-awareness has been "his emphasis on the hidden and sometimes peculiar manifestations of status-seeking in American life." And, for those eager to sample or re-sample Wolfe's satires, there's a fair sampling here: six pieces from The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamlined Baby (1965), with stock-car racing, Greenwich Village, and Baby Jane Holzer; a trio from The Pump House Gang (1968), including the well-known portrait of the social-climbing Sculls; Radical Chic, of course; "the Me Decade" (est, etc.); and briefer selections from recent books. Best on fads, weaker when matters of substance intrude: a representative Wolfe parade - and a feast for nostalgic trend-watchers. (Kirkus Reviews)


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