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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

I've been a Wolfe fan since the 1960s. In BtoB, the author displ

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 more engaging, enjoyable romp through the craziness of the colliding ethnicities and cultures...
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 more 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 myself saying, "No way!" As odd as some of the interactions get, none felt contrived or not true to the character.

Back to Blood is a tale of expectations -- both the ones fulfilled, and the ones that slip away. It's loud, raw and absorbing.

Mr. Wolfe treats this major city like one might treat an old friend, with lots of quirks and issues, but still someone to be loyal to. A great deal of research and time on the ground must have gone into this book and it shows. I recommend it to anyone with a taste for Florida's sunshine, rum drinks and a skeptical sense when it comes to fine art and/or ethnicity.

posted by RichardSutton on November 14, 2012

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Interesting but different

Somehow couldn't stop reading this book, as I have read all of his. However, this one had repetitive odd words to indicate sound effects and odd punctuation. I found it completely took me out of the story and it was highly irritating. I don't know if I would have read ...
Somehow couldn't stop reading this book, as I have read all of his. However, this one had repetitive odd words to indicate sound effects and odd punctuation. I found it completely took me out of the story and it was highly irritating. I don't know if I would have read it if I had known beforehand. The characters were also not very fully drawn, and most completely unlikable. I'm quite ambivalent about this book.

posted by Teresarose on December 28, 2012

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  • Posted March 3, 2013

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    Like another reviewer I loved A Man in Full.  This is dreadful.

    Like another reviewer I loved A Man in Full.  This is dreadful.  The characters are under developed.  And although I was anxious to get to the end and quit reading the drivel, the ending totally left me hanging.  Nothing was resolved.  It was as if Tom Wolfe was as tired of writing the story as I was of reading it.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    "A Man in Full" is in my Top 10 of all time.  I grew u

    "A Man in Full" is in my Top 10 of all time.  I grew up in Miami and could not wait to read this book.  I thought about quitting after 50 pages and wish I would have.  I think Tom has lost his magic.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    I found the characters unsympathetic, unpleasant, and under deve

    I found the characters unsympathetic, unpleasant, and under developed. The overuse of repetitive words and phrases was just plain annoying. Annoying...annoying...annoying.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

    I DID read this all the way through but I also did a LOT of skim

    I DID read this all the way through but I also did a LOT of skimmimg. Ended up being glad I got it from the library & did NOT purchase. Would not recommend to my "reader" friends.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    This book is just sad. First of it gets Miami wrong - the Cuban

    This book is just sad. First of it gets Miami wrong - the Cubans, the Jews, the Russians, the Haitians, are all Primitives and it is only the two WASP characters who understand the whole picture. There is no world, not in Miami, nor anywhere else where the Cubans wander around all day saying Dios Mio and the Jews say everything backwards and the African American police chief is just all African American and nothing else.

    The writing is tediously bombastic and the characters have no depth nor any context. It might have worked as a graphics novel but it really just reads like a Miami Based parody of "Bonfire".

    There is a great story to be told about the strange melange of Miami but Wolfe doesn't get it at all.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Worst Novel in many years

    What a waste of my time. Since I was dumb enough to buy this book I felt obligated to finish it. The book needs less wordy description, more story, and some attempt at editing, (wires holding up a sailboat mast are "stays" not "cables." ) The ending is weak; something you would expect from a first time novelist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    absolutely hated it. if i didn't pay for it, wouldn't have bothered to finish.

    what's with these 'sounds' characters making?
    what was the point?
    yuck! yuck! yuck!

    wanted to give 0 stars but the site indicated i had to rate.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Not the work of a formerly terrific writer.

    Wolfe has gone from being a great writer (in his earlier days) to one who thinks himself a great writer. But he isn't so hot of late. I read about 30 pages of this book before casting it aside. I find his continuous use of Spanish language to accent his dialogue quite off- putting. After having read his preceding book I should have known better than to buy this one.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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