Tom Wolfe

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BenC said...

Tom Wolfe is a contemporary writer who has written both fiction and non-fiction. Many of his non-fiction works were written during the 1960’s discussing the culture of the sixties. His fiction takes place during the 80’s through today and discusses many issues of modern society. Many discuss very wealthy men losing all their power and influence in the world. In fact, Wolfe will be coming out with a new novel in 2009 or 2010. Although many of his novels are lengthy, they are well worth the read. Also, his books fly by as he develops each story and catches the reader. He has several short stories, but the majority of his works are novels. His books often include humor through his realistic and comical dialog. It’s a blast!

Tom (Narrow) said...

Wolfe is a great writer that uses themes drawn from fiction and non-fiction. He writes in a style that will help you get through all of the books that you will have to read. However, in some of the books that he writes, i.e. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test drugs are used often. His books take different topics and the themes are hard to think of however when you find one it works very well for all of the novels. I would highly recomend Tom Wolfe and you will be laughing the whole time and not disapointed.

claire (narrow) said...

Tom Wolfe is a humorous writer who uses sarcastic tones throughout his novels and explores the meaning of self perception. I enjoyed reading his books, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Bonfire of the Vanities, both set in the 1950's/60's. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, set during the hippie years allows the reader to enter a different state of mind and deeper connect with the characters while they trip on acid. The Bonfire of the Vanities is set in New York and connects four individual characters to one another through accident. If you wish to get lost in a world of corruption, drugs, and revelation Tom Wolfe is the author.

Tim (Narrow) said...

This guy is an awsome writer, some of his work can be confusing because of the language that he uses but its interesting. He writes about drugs, society, and lifestyles that all connect to his life experiences. He only writes about things and people that he has encountered because for a while we traveled. In all, this is guy is a really good read. But make sure you read the book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid test.

Sarah (Brown) said...

I really enjoyed reading Tom Wolfe's books. They are all really contemporary and funny, practically like beach reads. I originally chose Tom Wolfe because I wanted to read the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, but I couldn't read it because it's journalism. I was disappointed but decided to go ahead with him anyway. His books are long, but they stay interesting throughout because there are lots of different characters. He has some obvious themes, but it was challenging to find a deeper meaning to them. I don't have a very long attention span for reading, so Tom Wolfe was perfect because his books are modern and interesting. I would read his books anyway even without a project!

Eric P-S (brown) said...

I loved Tom Wolfe. His books were not the typical books you read in English, more the ones you might read on the beach. His books are very length, meaning you probably will only read 3 or 4. I the books were so much fun, and even though they were "literary candy", so many themes exist at the same time. When reading him i recommend picking just 1 or 2 of the 50 themes he writes about to take notes on. He uses lots of symbols to help criticize society, and usually uses different characters to represent different members of society. He was an awesome choice and a really fun read. My paper was easy to find examples for, especially because all of his books are on google books. If you want a funny, adventurous, action-packed read, you've found the right author.

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