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- Publisher: Little Brown and Company; abridged edition edition (2 July 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1619698153
- ISBN-13: 978-1619698154
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.8 x 14.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,573,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Back to Blood dazzles so much that you might want to read it through dark glasses" (Simon O’Hagan Independent on Sunday)
"Tom Wolfe returns with a thunderous thwack, fizzing outrageously with a slipstreamed comet of a novel… It’s even better than his great hit The Bonfire of the Vanities. Unmissable stuff" (Tom Adair Scotsman)
"Exhilarating… The satire is scalpel-like and very funny." (Wynn Wheldon Spectator)
"Energising, fascinating – and utterly exhausting." (Tim Walker Independent)
"If this novel were rushed into A&E, it would immediately be put under heavy sedation." (Peter Kemp Sunday Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Tom Wolfe is back, with his most brilliant novel since The Bonfire of the Vanities, jettisoning us into the turbulent heart of America’s racial vortex: Miami. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Part of the problem is that the issues in New York that were part of "The Bonfire of the Vanities" seemed to define an age and had things that readers can recognize as, albeit extreme, versions of what they might see in their own cities and countries. The Miami issues are, to a degree, specific to that city and thereby hangs part of the issue. Racial tension is not, of course, confined to Miami, but the extreme pressure of the Cuban influx is, although that's not to imply that lessons cannot be learned from here. However, a further factor is that there are other writers, notably Carl Hiaasen who have made a career out of Miami novels so it's debatable how much new that Wolfe is able to bring to the table. With "Bonfire", you felt that Wolfe really lived the New York experience. With "Back to Blood" you feel that he has researched it.Read more ›
It's hard not to suspect this might have something to do with Wolfe's own very public spat with the literary modernists. Like his character Igor, Wolfe is an exponent of realism in an age when it's out of fashion. Like Igor, he has publicly attacked the fashionable . Is he perhaps hinting that, like Igor, he could effortlessly replicate his rivals' works, while they couldn't copy his realism?
The thing is, though, that Wolfe hasn't proved all that versatile in his fictional career. After the dazzling success of Bonfire of the Vanities and A Man in Full he decided to turn his hand to something different in I am Charlotte Simmons. He tried to write the sort of novel his rivals excel at, set on the small canvas of a university campus, and focused on the interior life of its characters, but the result fell flat. Robbed of material suited to the satire at which he excels, he fell back on toilet humour -- literally, with a grotesque recital of the gruntings and strainings of a male undergraduate at stool.
Thankfully in Back to Blood he is back to what he does best, painting the life of an entire city, and following a wide cast of characters and the intricate ways they're connected. The protagonist is Nestor Camacho, an ambitious young cop.Read more ›
Once you're caught, Wolfe pulls you into his Miami world. As in many of his novels, he's peopled it with a variety of larger than life characters but, I have to say, none are too convincing. I kept getting the feeling, if anything, that Miami was NOT like Wolfe portrays it. This was a WASP's view and, as he demonstrated in Bonfire of the Vanities, that's a world he knows inside out. But what does Tom Wolfe know of how a Hiatian or a Cuban views the world of South Florida? He failed to convince me that he knew much, really, and he also failed to convince me that he could write with any authority about how young people see the world either. Whichever character's voice he chose to narrate a scene, the voice of Tom Wolfe tended to drown it out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been a huge fan and was looking forward to this - the thicker the book, the greater the fun ahead I assumed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hillwalker
..to waste on reading Tom Wolfe's smug, unfunny,politically incorrect books.
I have spent what seems like a year trudging through this morass and finally gave up on page... Read more
Tom Wolfe's overly repetitive pros have rather got in the way of a good story. His acid whit has skewered very successfully the prejudices and hypocrisy of the various characters... Read morePublished 10 months ago by N. C. Mackenzie
This was my first taste of Tom Wolfe in the word, I've seen the Tom Hanks in BOTV film, and I was hugely entertained. Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. R. Spencer
If Tom Wolfe comes out with a new novel, I will read it regardless. Here the style of his New Journalism has become as mannered as the Old Journalism he was trying to replace. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Cudzoziemiec
After the incredibly mediocre Charlotte Simmons I was hoping Wolfe would return to form with this book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Caterkiller
Although described as "used and good condition" the book was shabbyPublished 19 months ago by Martin
Enjoyed Back to Blood . Up to usual Tom Wolfe standard. Informative and amusing . Looking forward to his next Book.Published 22 months ago by Laurie Fox