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Back to Blood: A Novel Hardcover – Oct 23 2012

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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (Oct. 23 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316036315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316036313
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"As if the 45 years from Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test to here hadn't passed, Wolfe is back to some old tricks, including an ever-shifting, sometimes untrustworthy point of view, dizzying pans from one actor to another and rat-a-tat prose....A welcome pleasure from an old master."―Kirkus (starred review)

"Wolfe, the impish, white-suited satirist, eviscerates a city-in-flux as he did with New York in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987) and Atlanta in A Man in Full (1988). This is a shrewd, riling, and exciting tale of a volatile, diverse, sun-seared city where 'everybody hates everybody.'"―Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)

"Wolfe is a sorcerer who can stir up a storm of swirling characters, all of them trapped in their own dilemmas and'll enjoy everyone's panicked thoughts. For a nation of immigrants, we're still comically sensitive around one another, and Miami is a perfect place to watch the melting pot boil."―Ron Charles, Washington Post

"The novel's pointed observations are dangerously close to reality: Wolfe, Master of the New Journalism Universe, has done his homework and done it well. There is nothing in the novel that couldn't happen tomorrow right outside your window."―Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

"Tom Wolfe's achievement...remains buoyant and considerable, and American novelists, still so often caught up in the most trivial of private dramas, continue to need him at the top of their lineup."―Thomas Mallon, New York Times Book Review

"Immensely entertaining and insightful. Nobody does hedonism and excess like Miami, and Wolfe has managed to wrangle all of his observations into an expansive book that despite its huge cast avoids becoming unruly."―William McKeen, Boston Sunday Globe

"The premier 19th-century novelist of the 21st century, the thin white duke of American neon prose, Tom Wolfe may be the last of the literary showmen in the era of mopers and trauma specialists. Wolfe shows no signs of slackening energy or ambition in his latest novel, Back to Blood."James Wolcott, Vanity Fair

"Preposterous, overwrought, contrived, wildly ambitious, and outrageously entertaining. It is, in other words, classic Wolfian fare."―Husna Huq, Christian Science Monitor

"With the sweep, particularity, and deliciously flamboyant language that have become Wolfe trademarks, Back to Blood tackles Miami and environs. Wolfeian description is seldom just pretty writing--almost always, the physical environment tells the person, tells the society."―John Timpane, Philadelphia Enquirer

"A rollicking good story. Akin to The Bonfire of the Vanities, the book has memorable characters and big themes."―Ken Armstrong, Seattle Times

"A typically overstuffed, overstated, delectably over-the-top portrait of modern Miami."―Dale Singer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Back to Blood is a bracing vision of America's shifting demography and the immutability of ethnic conflict and class aspirations....Wolfe demonstrates that his skills as a novelist and a chronicler of America's class anxieties are undiminished."―Michael Moynihan, The Daily Beast

"Another big, sprawling, engrossing, hilarious, character-packed and action-driven novel by the master chronicler of modern America."―Bob Hoover, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Gripping....[Wolfe] limns a dog-eat-dog world in which people behave like animals, scratching and clawing their way up the greasy social pole."―Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"A breezy, funny read...and an examination of just what it means to be a man."―Sarah Fenske, LA Weekly

"The novel roars and zips along like a cigarette boat, and even at 81 the Man in White proves to be a marvelous reporter. Call this bawdy humdinger the Bonfire of the Miamians."―Kyle Smith, People

"Wolfe is writing with as much brio as he brought to his debut novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, 25 years ago. Back to Blood demonstrates the author's persistent vitality."―Adam Langer, San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Tom Wolfe is the author of more than a dozen books, among them such bestselling contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lives in New York City.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert P. Brown TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 24 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
A Cuban cop who rescues an illegal immigrant from the top of a boat's seventy-five foot mast is castigated not only by his own family but by the whole Cuban community for doing so,( because the immigrant swam to the boat and never touched land, he is classified as a Wet Foot and as such can be shipped back to where he came from, which in this case is Cuba. On the other hand had he touched land or anything connected to it such as the bridge near the mast, he would be a Dry Foot and therefore go through the whole illegal immigrant process which could take forever). A Russian emigrant donates seventy million dollars worth of art to a museum built and named for him, the art turns out to be fake. A video of Cuban cops apparently assaulting and hurling racial slurs at a black drug dealer, goes viral. A sexy young female finds the high life isn't all it's cracked up to be. A psychiatrist specializing in pornography addiction treats a billionaire with herpes and is interviewed on 60 Minutes; these and other characters populate Wolfe's cutting, satirical, entertaining novel.

The art market and clueless collectors, municipal and racial politics, strip clubs and reality shows, the Press and law firms (...Mangelmann and Pizzonia), Old Folks Homes ( or rather Assisted Care Centers for the Active Adult, active meaning " not dead"), all these are skewered by Wolfe's rapier pen.

The action takes place in Miami, but it could be any American city,

This is Tom Wolfe at his best, reminding us of the hypocritical, politically correct, screwed up world we live in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate Lindsay on June 8 2013
Format: Hardcover
i really enjoy reading this book. i had been disappointed with a previous book by Wolfe but decided to give him another try. his characters are rich and believable. The prose however is smooth like flowing water. The book is well worth the purchase. i am going to keep Wolfe on my reading list and look forward to reading some of his other books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eugene L. Goldberg on April 10 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Back to Blood. An under-rated Wolfe novel. Engaging and fun on par with Bonfires of the Vanities. A great read
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Outstanding read except for the last 100 pages. Old Tommy Wolfe could use an editor. Colorful characters, great story. You'll never think of Miami in the same way again.
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