This was about the third literary fiction novel I'd read that wasn't required for school or anything like that.
A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe
May 13, 2002
This was one of those rare books where I went to bed reading, and woke up wanting to read more. Wolfe's writing style is unique (some might say just outright BAD), but I found it very easy to read. Moreover, I was really interested in finding out what would happen to the central characters, and how the seemingly separate story lines would all come together.
As much as I loved this book there are a couple of things that keep it from being a 5-star read. First, the plot of escaped convict-turned-messenger of Zeus Conrad Hensley is a bit out there. Second, Wolfe has this annoying way of translating his character's dialogue, especially Charlie Croker's Southern drawl. Come on, most of have read Huck Finn or seen "Gone with the Wind", we know how the stereotypical Southerner talks. And Conrad's cellmate, Five-O, talks like Jar Jar Binks (I was thankful Wolf translated HIS lines).
Other than that, I greatly enjoyed "A Man in Full" and would recommend it for those looking for a book that will make you think and laugh.