Back to Blood

Back to Blood

A Novel

Large Print - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012.
Edition: Large print ed., 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780316224246
0316224243
Characteristics: xii, 881 p.

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tirjan
Jan 05, 2017

Loved it! On a par with Bonfire of the Vanities and better than A Man in Full. But this is more current (2012) and in many ways more relevant. If the do a movie on this I hope the producer does a better job that was done on Bonfire. That was a great book but the movie was weak tea; it completely skipped over some of the best characters and subplots.
Bonfire was NYC, Man was Atlanta and Back to Blood is Miami and Wolfe captures the essence of it very well. Some of his characterizations are over the top and too long but otherwise it is a very enjoyable read.

patienceandfortitude Feb 17, 2014

A very funny, insightful novel about various ethnic groups in Miami. The main character a 2nd generation Cuban police officer is very sympathetic as is the African American Chief of Police. The reader also meets Russian mob members, Haitians, and a very obnoxious social-climbing psychiatrist. It's a riot. Wolfe captures American societies like nobody else. Hooray.

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susanchyn
Aug 03, 2013

Listened to audio book and found myself literally laughing out loud a dozen times. Very, very funny satire of just about everyone in Miami, including Yalies and snowbird Yentas.

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PaigeWoodward
Mar 02, 2013

This could have been written by anyone who writes bodice rippers or Hollywood exposes. Tom Wolfe does or did know how to write. Cynical cliche upon cynical cliche. Bah.

bobo919 Dec 31, 2012

I loved this book. It reminds me all of the other great Tom Wolfe books, with great characters, and wonderful dialogue. If you have liked any of his other books, do read this one.

6ATE4are Dec 26, 2012

This book was better than reviews lead me to believe. It is novelized social commentary on Miami. I found it extremely interesting read that way as opposed to really looking for a strong story line.

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