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An incredulous novel
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 1998
It was with great expectation that I bought and prepared to read A Man in Full. After three hundred and fifty rather tedious pages of character development, Mr. Wolfe finally nudges the story ever so slowly forward. With only 60 pages left the plot is still immature and despite exhaustive efforts, the characters are still transparent,their motivation unfathomable. The resolution of this epic (any novel over 700 pages) is totally unbelieveable and leaves the reader scratching his head. Unlike the more believeable though equally dislikeable characters in Bonfires of the Vanities, these people are too stereotypic. Then the book resolves with all the character acting out of character. Of the twenty five books I've read this year, the worst by far. While I live in the South now, I grew up in the Northeast. Not even my Northeastern cynicism is willing to buy into these archaic stereotypes.