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Atlanta developer Charlie Croker is a big man with a bigger problem Hes built a 40-story monument to himself - complete with mall cineplex hotel-and-apartment complex and more - known as Croker Concourse But he doesnt have the tenants to pay back the half-billion dollars he borrowed to build it and the rest of his empire So he does what any quail-hunting bourbon-drinking mall-building good old boy might do He invites a prospective client to see one of his stud horses in action As Tom Wolfe tells the story in his new novel A Man in Full the invitation says a good bit more about the man who issues it than it does about the attractions of horse sex The scene that follows clearly appalls the prospective client - to say nothing of the reader - and the deal collapses about as quickly as the stallion does What could Charlie have been thinking about to make such an offer The answer is himself With an ego bigger than the concourse he simply cant imagine that someone and particularly some man doesnt share his enthusiasms More than a decade after Mr Wolfe lit the Bonfire of the Vanities he is at last back feeding the flames The focus of the novel has shifted from New York to Atlanta and bond traders who once ran the universe have been replaced by real-estate magnates But vanity lives on an endless source of satire amusement and old-fashioned reporting for Mr Wolfe and apparently his readers Handling it as Mr Wolfe does with his customary wit withering insight and memorable phrases they will find much to like here Already the book is a commercial success and it was nominated for a National Book Award even before being published Such success is all the more remarkable because at its heart the novel is not cheerful comedy It is like John Kennedy Tooles Confederacy of Dunces humor with a dark and decidedly
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