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Back to Blood (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Back to Blood (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Tom Wolfe

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A colorful cast of residents and visitors to Miami go about their daily activities, both legal and illegal.


A colorful cast of residents and visitors to Miami go about their daily activities, both legal and illegal.

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Demco Media
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5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.50(d)

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New York, New York
Date of Birth:
March 2, 1931
Place of Birth:
Richmond, Virginia
B.A. (cum laude), Washington and Lee University, 1951; Ph.D. in American Studies, Yale University, 1957

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Back to Blood 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
RichardSutton More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tom Wolf is a great American author. Bonfire of the Vanities is my favorite book, Back to Blood is another great novel. I was upset when I finished because I wanted to read more. I couldn't put this book down, I'd fall asleep reading it & start reading again when I wake up at night. Wolf with his acurate portrait of our time is a modern day Dickens.
Babette-dYveine More than 1 year ago
I love Tom Wolfe! His writing is so alive and descriptive. This book is no different. His use of written sound effects get you right into the action. And his character descriptions make you feel like you're standing right next to the person. I've read several of his books and they're always fun to read, but there are also social commentaries that bring it down to earth. I didn't find Back to Blood as biting as Bonfire of the Vanities, but there is still much to enjoy. And I did.
Otisfield More than 1 year ago
This book is irreverent, definitely not PC, tongue-in-cheek, poking fun at the extremes of characters, but loads of romping fun. You just have to let yourself get into the excess that is the Miami he is writing about. You will either love it or hate it. For those who read Wolfe's "A Man in Full" and loved it, you will probably love this one too. Beneath it all are some characters who actually have morals and personal strength. Have fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I listened to the audiobook version of "Back to Blood" and, as long as it was, I was sorry when it concluded.  Wolfe is a dynamite story- teller, and the narration by Lou Diamond Phillips added greatly to the book's appeal.  Not only did Mr. Phillips perfectly capture the sardonic tone of Wolfe's third person description of events, each character's spoken words were delivered in a dialect and expression perfectly matching his/her ethnicity and personality.  A delightful listening experience!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good beginning then it drags. It gets moving again toward the end before falling on its face!
mysteryman38 More than 1 year ago
Wolfe's literary style varies with each book, and this one is no less unique than his earlier works. It is entertaining to the core and has his usual reflections on society's social problems, but the way he tells it is the glory of this novel. It is raucously funny and he doesn't fail to slam every hypocrisy in Miami. Truly a great read and another fabulous effort by one of America's great writers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all his books. This is not his best, but still very good.
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vivacioussilliness More than 1 year ago
I’m not certain Wolfe got this one right. The racial tensions in Miami are there but I think Wolfe might need to come out and talk one to one with Miami’s youth. This one lacked the authenticity of his other works.
redinfang More than 1 year ago
Miami is a cauldron of ethnic groups for Wolfe to play with. It has wealth like no other city I have seen and it dangerously displays it. There is so much culture in Miami for a man of Wolfe’s caliber to draw upon too. Much of it he got right in Back to Blood, though some of the youth culture not so accurate. All in all though, it was a fun read.
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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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doody More than 1 year ago
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.
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