Back to Blood

Back to Blood 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 r

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.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 landscapBased 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.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.

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  1. Wolfe was educated at Washington and Lee Universities and also at Yale, where he received a PhD in American studies Tom Wolfe spent his early days as a Washington Post beat reporter, where his free association, onomatopoetic style would later become the trademark of New Journalism In books such as The Electric Koolaid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and The Bonfire of the Vanities, Wolfe delves into the inner workings of the mind, writing about the unconscious decisions people make in their lives His attention to eccentricities of human behavior and language and to questions of social status are considered unparalleled in the American literary canon.He is one of the founders of the New Journalism movement of the 1960s and 1970s.Tom Wolfe is also famous for coining and defining the term fiction absolutecmillan author tomwolfe

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  1. Onvan Back to Blood Nevisande Tom Wolfe ISBN 316036315 ISBN13 9780316036313 Dar 704 Safhe Saal e Chap 2012

  2. First off, I am a HUGE fan of Tom Wolfe I have read everything he has ever written I was willing to write off CHARLOTTE SIMMONS as an anomaly, a mistake in judgment The material simply wasn t a good fit for him BACK TO BLOOD sounded like it was right in his wheelhouse I was stoked This was going to be a capstone to his amazing career.It s not While you can see why he was attracted to the milieu, and there are flashes of his usual incisiveness and wit, the overall sense here is of a missed opport [...]

  3. When my mother died twenty one years ago, a Herald reporter, assigned to write her obituary, asked me if she resented all the changes that had come to Miami during the forty plus years she had lived in South Florida My mother, having once quit the Junior League when asked to make a speech about holding the color line , might have cancelled her subscription to the paper on the spot She loved Miami and everything it had become She watched in wonderment as the nouveau riche socialites invaded the e [...]

  4. Old tricks still the best tricks While I was reading Back to Blood, I happened to mention to a friend that it was the first I d read from Wolfe since The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test decades prior He was astounded that I d never read Bonfire of the Vanities, but I was barely out of high school when it was published And let s face it Mr Wolfe hasn t exactly been prolific in his fiction output in recent years So, basically, I came to this novel with very fresh eyes and few expectations And you know [...]

  5. How does Tom Wolfe annoy his readers Let me count the ways He inserts a cartoon like soundtrack into his prose SMACK the Safe Boat bounces airborne comes down again SMACK on another swell in the bay bounces up again comes down SMACK on another swell and SMACK bounces airborne with emergency horns police Crazy Lights exploding SMACK in a demented sequence SMACK This goes on intermittently for 10 pages in the first chapter.He illustrates with words in explicit detail the inner visions and outward [...]

  6. What ee cummings is to poetry, Wolfe is to the novel You can literally scan the text of his book, and recognize the punctuation, the repetition, the Shakespearean extravagant carelessness with which he manufactures words, and know that you are in a Tom Wolfe novel.Who else but cummings could write a poem about being alone that ends with the word loneliness in such a way that you see one, one, one, i ness a leaf falls lonelinessAnd who else but Tom Wolfe can sprinkle his prose with strings what d [...]

  7. In the prologue of Tom Wolfe s latest novel, Back to Blood, Edward T Topping IV, one of Wolfe s classic beacons of WASP y impotence and his wife get into a very unpleasant shouting match with a scandalously dressed Cubana described with vintage Wolfe lust who had the audacity to steal their parking space After the racially charged exchange, Topping heart still pounding from the conflict frets that since organized religion is dying in the United States, the only thing people believe in is their r [...]

  8. Back to Blood is like Bonfire than any of the books in between Is is a snappy read snarky, fast moving, filled with interesting characters and Wolfe s bright, clear writing Blood comes in at 704 pages which sounds, and is, hefty, but the hustled wrap up at the end is disappointing You have committed a considerable amount of time to their story and deserve something better than an overly convenient tie up.Now about those characters They are not a terribly likeable group but they are lively The m [...]

  9. What an ordeal BAM POW WHAMMO Annoyed yet This is just a tiny taste of what Back to Blood was like to read Tom Wolfe s first novel in 8 years looks at Miami the same way that Bonfire of the Vanities addressed Manhattan, and A Man in Full explored Atlanta Wolfe repeats his usual formula of a vast array of characters, satiric tone, and paragraphs full of irritating onomatopoeic devices, over punctuated with caps on steroids and exclamation points At 704 pages, Wolfe could easily have accomplished [...]

  10. Rating 1.5 starsThere are 19 disks in this audio book I listened to 11 of them only because it was the only audio book I had around for awhile As soon as I got my hands on something better, I could not get rid of this thing fast enough The plot is ridiculous and frequently disgusting, and I hated almost every one of the characters Tom Wolfe should have quit after Bonfire of the Vanities, although there were some things I liked about I Am Charlotte Simmons.

  11. Miami gets the tom Wolfe treatment in the same way that New York did in Bonfire and Atlanta did to a lesser extent in A Man in Full I can t say that I know Miami, but I also can t say I know Miami much better after reading this book Much as I admire and like Tom Wolfe, I was reminded an awful lot of another Floridian author, Carl Hiassen, as I read Back to Blood Except that Hiassen doesn t have to live up to being A Novelist and just gets on with his plot Wolfe, however, carries the burden of be [...]

  12. In my review on these pages of Middle Age by Joyce Carol Oates, I compare her to Wolfe They are both cynical journalists, social satirists who mock their characters mostly but permit an occasional glimmer of compassion to show through.Wolfe s literary predecessor could well be Honore de Balzac, who was so alike in his opinion of human nature and exploitation of its foibles His preoccupations are encapsulated in one of his titles A Harlot High and Low.In Back to Blood, Wolfe savages urban America [...]

  13. I have read reviews of Tom Wolfe s new novel Back to Blood that have been all over the place One reviewer called it a shrewd, riling, and exciting tale of a volatile, divisive, sun seared city where everybody hates everybody Another went so far as to call it pure bile There is certainly some bile in there as Mr Wolfe exposes the foibles of just about every socioeconomic and ethnic group in today s Miami And the reviews that criticize the book as being hard to read are not altogether wrong as the [...]

  14. I understand all of the criticisms of Tom Wolfe his overreliance on sound effects as characterization, the fact that his cultural observations veer from incredibly insightful to cheap and banal and back in the matter of a few sentences, the way he obsesses over things that are at times quite dull, and the fact that it is hard to take the observations of an 80 plus year old white man about youth culture and race completely at face value Oh, and the suits But still I always find myself enjoying hi [...]

  15. It s had some bad press but loved this book I listened to it on audiobook brilliantly read by Lou Diamond Phillips and laughed my way through the whole thing It might not be quite so strong as Bonfire of the Vanities or A Man in Full but it s a great romp through crime ridden, racially tense Miami with a brilliant cast of larger than life characters.

  16. I have very mixed feeling about this book Part of me wanted to give it a lower rating Some elements of the writing style annoyed me to no end Yes, Tom Wolfe has always liked unusual punctuation and exclamation points, but the BOOM BUMP CRASH repeated ad nauseam in some chapters just got on my nerves I get it, the strip club was loud The music was repetitive Annoying Well, done, Mr Wolfe, you did transmit that sense of annoyance very well I got annoyed Second, you cannot help by feeling that the [...]

  17. Back to Blood is a devastating critique of current Miami and American society For those who recall what Tom Wolfe did for New York in The Bonfire of the Vanities, this is Miami s less violent but corruptly vain star turn.Our protagonists are two Cuban Americans from all Cuban Hialeah The book unfolds with their coming of age into greater Miami and out of their insular hometown One, Hector Camacho, is a super bulked up Miami cop who is ostracized by the community for saving the life of a Cuban d [...]

  18. Spoilers WithinAt the outset I should state that I am a fan of Tom Wolfe His stories have abundant energy and explore many different layers of society some of them quite seamy so the readers of this book beware If you have liked his past works Back To Blood will appeal to you It s not as claustrophobic as I am Charlotte Simmons and it approaches The Bonfire of the Vanities for satire And the main theme in any novel of Tom Wolfe is downfall there is plenty of that in Back To Blood.Mr Wolfe has no [...]

  19. Well, I can finally say that I ve read Tom Wolfe, though I can t say it has amounted to much It s a name often bandied about and always spoken of with a casual affectless enjoyment of things you haven t probably heard about.I can say that Wolfe has some interesting ideas and does an applaudable bit of research At no point was I doubting any of the hard work that he did to make this book appear for all purposes as if he knew every last detail about cuban life in Florida as well as the bourgeois m [...]

  20. The fourth of his recent string of fiction and it continues his style of in your face fictionalizing of how we currently live in the 21st century At least in Miami Beach The first chapter sets the pace for the entire book, with the main character zooming across Biscayne Bay Every 8th word being SMACK, as the speed boat slams into the azure blue sunlit water Add a Russian art swindling oligarch, the riotous communities of Overtown and Liberty City, Art Basel Miami Beach, a svelte Cuban nurse in l [...]

  21. Is Wolfe a good writer It s an interesting question Certainly as he would be the first to tell us he s in touch with reality than the vast majority of his competitors And his sociological interpretive lense which reduces human behavior to status competition is about as accurate as a reductive schema can get However, he is too doctrinaire in its application What s interesting about people is the fluff they build on top of their naked power struggles It is in life extremely rare to meet people in [...]

  22. There are glimpses of trademark Wolfe in this otherwise mediocre novel marred by a disjointed narrative and painfully inauthentic dialogue the intersecting sub plots the bold social commentary, such as Wolfe s theory on why journalists tend to be politically liberal the author s willingness to eschew political correctness in ridiculing uncouth elements of young male African American culture through a Haitian father concerned about the culture s harmful influence on his teenage son.Then there is [...]

  23. It s hard to figure why Tom Wolfe s Back to Blood made so many critics favorites lists in 2012 Faulkner or Balzac, this author is not His latest novel, in fact, is bloated, campy, arch, and mostly contemptuous of a series of stock characters How can a reader be expected to warm to characters Wolfe himself plainly finds lacking As social history, it resembles the reality television series Masters of the Univ , uh, Masters of Disasters Wolfe dissects and parodies at one point unsubtle, way over th [...]

  24. If you have ever read The Right Stuff, then you are a fan of Tom Wolfe The Right Stuff is one of the best books that I have ever read Wolfe turned Chuck Yeager into an American folk hero If you are an Atlantan, you read A Man in Full A Man in Full was a good book, not a great book about Atlanta and its environs Wolfe s lastest book, Back to Blood, is Wolfe s irreverent take on Miami with all of its warts and racial undertones Like A Man in Full, Wolfe is an incredible observer of all that goes o [...]

  25. I ve been a Wolfe fan since the 1960s In BtoB, the author displays a wonderful condensation of his skills Perhaps like good wine, age improves storytellers I can t imagine a engaging, enjoyable romp through the craziness of the colliding ethnicities and cultures of Miami His characters are easily accessible Folks you probably know Their motivations may be convoluted and their accents a struggle, but at no time during my time with this book, despite some really creative situations, did I find my [...]

  26. I reluctantly but also with great relief stopped reading this book after 200 pages or so There was plenty to like, as usual with Tom Wolfe lots of funny observation of the absurdity of modern life, sometimes hilarious word play, sympathetic pathetic characters, several rousing and several routine and dull plotlines, etc This time, however, even though I was prepared for all the tics and idiosyncrasies of the author, I just couldn t take it any Everything is so pumped pumped, pumped, pumped PUMPE [...]

  27. Oh my gosh This book is a hot mess I ve enjoyed Tom Wolfe in the past, but oh dear how the mighty have fallen There are several negative things I could say about the book, but the thing that bugged me the most, and to the point of wanting to scream, was that Wolfe must have just reviewed an anatomy textbook or something because all body parts are referred to by their anatomically correct terms to the point of craziness I am not kidding when I say that mons pubis is used in the book around 20 tim [...]

  28. Picked up Back to Blood at the airport in Gran Canaria They d just called the flight, so I had no time to browse if I wanted something to read on the flight home, I grabbed this book because it had a bright pink cover and was written by Tom Wolfe of Bonfire of the Vanities fame I liked that book.It s certainly in the same style as Bonfire.except this time, it s based in Miami, with a varied group of characters Cubans, Americanos and Russian oligarchs The story centres round a Cuban cop with the [...]

  29. I read Wolfe s Bonfire of the Vanities about 25 years ago and thought it was brilliant But I believe I have changed as a reader since then and Wolfe, who is primarily a satirist I think, had moved on from pillorying NYC 1980s society excesses to pillorying early 21st century Miami multi cultural society s excesses in Back to Blood I don t know if the weaknesses that I detected in Back to Blood are also to be found in Bonfire of the Vanities or if they were the result of a best selling author who [...]

  30. Tom Wolfe s books are all about respect Everyone wants it but all are very stingy in giving it unless they run into someone who is physically attractive or wealthy and even in those cases the respect is only on the surface.The power of beauty and wealth are insidious because human beings are inherently insecure the demand for respect is founded on a lack of self respect This insecurity comes from a failure to recognize what is truly valuable, that peace of mind can never come from insincerity.A [...]

  31. In Back To Blood Tom Wolfe again makes and in depth study of a city and a culture while all the time exploring the idea of what it means to be a man In Bonfire of the Vanities and A Man in Full he looked at this idea from the perspective of Wall Street and Harlem and from real estate development and prisons, respectively Here Wolfe tackles Miami and its confluence of cultures This time it is mostly from the perspective of a nurse and a cop His main characters are working class people who brush u [...]

  32. Miami police officer Nestor Camacho is conflicted He wants to be a good cop and have the respect of his family, friends and colleagues But how can he be a good cop when what is good changes with the whims of some ethnic group or committee or another There are the Cubans, his own heritage Then there are the Haitians, the Russians, blacks, police, politicians, yentas, psychiatrists, whores, a dangling man, gangs, hoaxers, porn addiction and porn celebration, phonies, druggies, fakers, leggy women, [...]

  33. Tom Wolfe takes me to places I would never find myself in even though Tom Wolfe and I are contemporaries, sort of He travels with the movers and shakers, with the well off and the young strivers In the worlds he describes for us, people don t sit at home and watch TV They dress up, they go places and sometimes they go to the wrong places or they are in the wrong place at the wrong time The first novel by Tom Wolfe that I read was The Bonfire of the Vanities about a hit and run accident by a weal [...]

  34. There s a scene in Back to Blood that embodies the whole book Picture a flotilla of boats perched just off an exclusive gated maritime resort Lots of young people partying An ageing lecherous psychiatrist gatecrashes the party with his young Cuban nurse The decks of the boats are littered with used condoms and puke fritters A pornographic film is screening on the large sails of an enormous yacht Someone is getting the biggest blowjob ever viewed in the waters off the Miami coast The whole of the [...]

  35. My enjoyment of this book oscillated so frequently I feel a star rating is not truly indicative of much based on a law of averages I suppose it would be a 3, though there are points where a 5 is due.I note that other reviews refer to the potential offence of Wolfe s interpretation of race relations, and his lurid accounts of characters sex lives or at least sexual desires As to the former, absolutely absurd the essential theme or one of them of BtB is racial tensions in a city that is quite unli [...]

  36. His best since Bonfire of the Vanities William Makepeace Thackery reborn We re lucky to have him and it ll be a sad day for fiction when he s gone.All the Wolfe hallmarks are here, and we have a really sympathetic hero in Nestor Of course, since this is social satire, Nestor has his vanities and weaknesses, but I cared about him than I have about, well, just about every character current modern literary fiction writers have created all lumped together.The idea that since Wolfe is in his 80s, he [...]

  37. I really enjoyed this book I think I liked it the best since Bonfire of the Vanities, although I did like Man in Full and I Am Charlotte Simmons as well.Yet a different slice of America here, as with his other books What I took Wolfe to be discussing here was the age old questions of the assimilation of new immigrants into America and the struggles that they go through as they seek to reconcile their new lives in America with their old lives they leave behind America is known correctly in my vie [...]

  38. This is a terrible novel In fact, it isn t a novel at all It is a collection of character portraits written by a skilled caricature artist I appreciate the brilliance of Wolfe in showing characters until every microscopic flaw is evident I don t appreciate having to wade through a swamp of unrelated vignettes, trying frantically to make sense of a non existent storyline I don t even know what the characters are doing in the pages There is a WASP y editor, a John Smith journalist, a Cuban policem [...]

  39. Tom Wolfe s latest novel follows Miami Police Officer Nestor Camacho as he navigates the minefield of social and political pressures in modern day Miami Through a series of inter related mis adventures the young Cuban American cop finds himself an outcast suddenly at odds with nearly every sub group jockeying for power in southern Florida Oh, and his girlfriend Magdalena the love of his life, has dumped him.This is the foundation on which Wolfe brings today s Miami life In Back to Blood Wolfe sl [...]

  40. As I read Back to Blood, I found myself wondering if Wolfe s writing style has morphed almost into a caricature of itself, or if maybe I ve gotten old and cranky and don t find it that amusing any I m sure I could read a chapter of a Tom Wolfe book and recognize it as his, even with the author info somehow disguised or missing And I have absolutely loved some of his work, and been lukewarm about others If I were so inclined, I d go back to one I remember liking, like A Man in Full, and see if t [...]

  41. You can read my full review of this one over at The Millions, but here s a summation The city Wolfe depicts isn t the full Miami It s instead limited by Wolfe s own perspective that of a wealthy, conservative anglo It was T D Allman, author of Miami City of the Future, who wrote that practically everything everyone says about Miami , both good and bad, is true But is it still true to depict a Miami with only one African American character Is it still true if you set only one scene in Overtown, a [...]

  42. No one could call Miami a melting pot if you believe the picture Tom Wolfe paints in this book We have cubans, haitians, african americans, and russians all NOT getting along with each other, and resenting the americanos The cast of characters include a not too bright, hot, cuban nurse working for a sex addiction psychiatrist, a cuban police officer who is banished from his community for rescuing a refugee from a 70 foot mast before setting foot on american soil thus preventing him from being gr [...]

  43. I m afraid that I didn t enjoy this book that much The main reason was that I couldn t stand the fragmented sentences especially when the author inserted a character s inner thoughts in the middle of an event I also found these characters, despite their struggles of displacements, to be fairly shallow and this frustrated me because I wanted them to strive for something There were quite a few head banging on my part but I was curious enough for the conclusion that I followed through to the end W [...]

  44. I didn t really want to give this book 5 stars 9 out of 10 would be suitable for me I was mesmerized by nearly the entire book, but disappointed by a fairly predictable ending I agree with those that say that Wolfe has a fine eye for all things social He is a master when it comes to describing our thrills and follies, and there is no one better at building a character up only to bring the same character down approximately 500 to 600 pages later Mixed in with morally ambiguous characters are als [...]

  45. Just as I began reading Back to Blood I watched an interview with Tom Wolfe on YouTube The interview was produced by the Wall Street Journal and, once again, I was taken at how intelligently Wolfe held forth on the big questions in American life such as race and immigration and how they were addressed in Back to Blood.On returning to the novel I was soon aware that the intelligence and insight that Wolfe displayed during the interview were nowhere to be found in the book he was promoting Back to [...]

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