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Tom Wolfe, Philip Roth, and the Irish

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13.06.2018

Of course, these great American authors are not completely gone.  We still have their books.  For decades, Roth and Wolfe explored life in the United States in all its beauty, violence, ugliness and comedy.

And they had plenty to say about the Irish.

Wolfe was such an outsized personality for so long that it’s hard to believe that The Bonfire of the Vanities was actually his first novel, when it was published in 1987.

The book was an extended look at life -- high and low -- in New York City, at a time when crime was rampant and racial tensions were ferocious.

So much so that it’s easy to forget that there was tension between many of New York’s tribes, something Wolfe -- as an outsider, born in Virginia -- was fascinated by.

“Kramer looked at Andriutti and Caughey,” Wolfe writes in Bonfire, as he takes us deep into the criminal justice system, focusing on three assistant district attorneys -- one Irish, one Jewish, one Italian.

Kramer, Wolfe........

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