Tom Wolfe‘s The Bonfire of the Vanities is a contemporary naturalist novel and his protagonist, Sherman McCoy, evokes feelings reminiscent to that of Vladimir Nabokov‘s Humbert Humbert in Lolita. Wolfe allows the dialogue and plot to speak for themselves, and while concrete evidence of his voice is hard to be found, the novel’s presentation of society, justice, and media direct us to Wolfe’s opinion.
Regardless of how many classics you’ve read, there are always some you never got around to reading. For example, I’ve yet to read Moby Dick, Jane Eyre, Don Quixote, A Clockwork Orange, or Middlemarch. Some I never plan to read; they just don’t interest me. However, some books mock me; I bought them years ago and they sit on my bookcases, taking up space, moving from apartment to apartment, shelf to shelf. A Clockwork Orange is a fine example, everything about the book appeals to me: cult classic, banned, unreliable narrator. And yet, everytime I reach for another book; leaving it on the shelf.