Missing Jake, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Missing Jake)
I enjoyed this book and the messages it carried. Not your usual cops and robbers story. Wolfe did his research although in some areas he could have paid a little more attention and gotten details right. But these short comings do not detract from the story.
Corwin, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Corwin)
I find Tom Wolfe spellbinding. I read The Right Stuff and each of his novels since then. Back to Blood does not disappoint. Gets off to a quick start, rapidly incorporates several threads into the story and pulls them together at the end. Not often I finish a 700 page book in a few days. I found Back to Blood moved faster as I read more. Found myself reading more and faster.
One interesting thing about Back to Blood - Wolfe closes the story shortly after the climax. No dithering around with inconsequential stuff at the end. Back to Blood is exhilarating.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Two hundred pages into Wolfe's frantic potboiler about Miami's melting pot, a description of City Hall reminds readers of the vivid detail that made Wolfe (The Bonfire of the Vanities) a literary icon. Yet despite flashes of 'the right stuff', his latest novel comprises not an exposé of popular culture so much as a lurid compendium of clichés. The prologue features a scandal-fearing newspaper editor fretting as his wife tries to park her mini-hybrid at a trendy restaurant, but the action begins with marine patrolman Nestor Camacho speeding across Biscayne Bay. Unfortunately, his moment of glory dissolves into humiliation when he is condemned for arresting, after saving, a Cuban refugee. Resolute in pressing on, a bewildered Nestor works with reporter John Smith to unravel fraud at the city's new art museum and uncover the truth behind an incident of school violence. In the process, he meets elegant Haitian beauty Ghislaine, whose professor father desperately hopes she'll 'pass' for white. African Americans, Russian émigrés, and Jewish retirees also appear: ethnic groups separated by language, tribe, and class; linked together by sex, money, and real estate. Filling his prose with sound effects, foreign phrases, accented English, and slang, Wolfe creates his own Miami sound machine — noisy, chaotic, infused with tropical rhythms, and fueled by the American dream. The result is a book louder than it is deep; more sensational than it is thought provoking; less like Wolfe at his best, more like tabloid headlines recast as fiction. (Oct. 23)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by Kirkus (Starred Review),
"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."
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