Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe
A Novel

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8 Critic Reviews

...it feels like Wolfe pummels readers with image after insight after interior monologue to pound them into submission. No más, already. Tom Wolfe deserves a better editor. And Miami deserves a better novel.
-NPR

Synopsis

A big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now.

As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay-with officer Nestor Camacho on board-Tom Wolfe is off and running. Into the feverous landscape of the city, he introduces the Cuban mayor, the black police chief, a wanna-go-muckraking young journalist and his Yale-marinated editor; an Anglo sex-addiction psychiatrist and his Latina nurse by day, loin lock by night-until lately, the love of Nestor's life; a refined, and oh-so-light-skinned young woman from Haiti and her Creole-spouting, black-gang-banger-stylin' little brother; a billionaire porn addict, crack dealers in the 'hoods, "de-skilled" conceptual artists at the Miami Art Basel Fair, "spectators" at the annual Biscayne Bay regatta looking only for that night's orgy, yenta-heavy ex-New Yorkers at an "Active Adult" condo, and a nest of shady Russians. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous bestselling novels, BACK TO BLOOD is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.
 

About Tom Wolfe

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Tom Wolfe is the author of a dozen books, among them such contemporary classics as The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Right Stuff, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. He lives in New York City.
 
Published October 23, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 699 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Back to Blood
All: 8 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 5

NY Times

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Reviewed by Thomas Mallon on Oct 25 2012

The pacing of “Back to Blood” can be peculiarly slow: its individual sentences are as overstuffed...

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Tim Adams on Nov 03 2012

...a master of group dynamics, at once in breathless close-up and sudden wide-angle.

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by Henry Allen on Oct 19 2012

Mr. Wolfe has a loyal readership. But the long Picasso prose line of his early days has frayed and the momentum has gotten staticky. He writes now the way Michael Jackson twitched through music videos, a collection of moves and gimmicks that for all their appeal rarely flowed together into dance.

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NPR

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Reviewed by Luis Clemens on Oct 24 2012

...it feels like Wolfe pummels readers with image after insight after interior monologue to pound them into submission. No más, already. Tom Wolfe deserves a better editor. And Miami deserves a better novel.

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Michael LaPointe on Nov 02 2012

Back to Blood misfires without fact-checking, for its satiric missiles are only as damaging as Wolfe’s journalistic credibility.

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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Alex Good on Oct 26 2012

No doubt some readers will find all of the macho posing and horny leering juvenile and offensive, but there’s no denying the force of Wolfe’s vigorously naturalistic vision of how the world works.

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The Maine Edge

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Reviewed by Allen Adams on Oct 24 2012

Wolfe takes us on a journey deep into the inner workings of the quintessentially American city of Miami, offering glimpses of the social foibles and failings of the uber-rich, the working poor and everyone in between.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Nov 02 2012

...Wolfe’s worst mannerisms have gotten out of hand, notably his habit of repeating words in caps, so that we are constantly confronted with phrases such as “the BEAT the BEAT the BEAT came POUNDING POUNDING POUNDING.” There’s no excuse for this. It’s just lazy writing.

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