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  • Audio CD: 19 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; Unabridged edition (Nov. 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600244688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600244681
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 13.4 x 5.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #643,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By julov on Nov. 25 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love Tom Wolfe's novels but as an Englishwoman living in Canada, I'm a bit taken aback by his portrayal of contemporary American society(See my review on "I am Charlotte Simmons"),
"Back to blood" reads like a fantasy novel for anyone who's never been to Miami! Are people really so horrible? I despair of the human race!
But that's ok because of course you don't read novels about nice people. I thought the same about Charlotte Simmons........... are Americans really so snobbish? Thank goodness I don't live there!
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 19 2012
Format: Hardcover
"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things." -- Matthew 12:35 (NKJV)

Your reaction to this book will depend on your tastes in satire. Done best, satire decapitates its subjects almost bloodlessly. It's also quick and thorough. Tom Wolfe seems to feel that we won't get the point unless he develops the satire from many different angles, many of which repeat the lesson of the last angle. I also find that satire that's describing what's close to the reality of someone you've met also works better. The characters here are almost satires of satires due to being so remote from what most people are like.

To me, the result is a book that's bloated to such an extent that it loses steam due to being overweight.

I almost got the feeling that the author was trying to outdo Carl Hiaasen on his home ground. Now, that would be a tough thing to do ... and it certainly wasn't carried off, if that were the intent.

The novel is saved from being without redeeming qualities by having three characters that show some integrity. Naturally, that's not much to build a story around when almost everyone else is so flagrantly without an ounce of integrity.

While I can hardly claim to be a citizen of Miami, my extended visits over many decades have shown me a much healthier and more successfully integrated society than Mr. Wolfe describes. Consequently, the writing, while funny, just didn't ring true. Such satire doesn't work for me.
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