Loved it! On a par with Bonfire of the Vanities and better than A Man in Full. But this is more current (2012) and in many ways more relevant. If the do a movie on this I hope the producer does a better job that was done on Bonfire. That was a great book but the movie was weak tea; it completely skipped over some of the best characters and subplots.
Bonfire was NYC, Man was Atlanta and Back to Blood is Miami and Wolfe captures the essence of it very well. Some of his characterizations are over the top and too long but otherwise it is a very enjoyable read.
A very funny, insightful novel about various ethnic groups in Miami. The main character a 2nd generation Cuban police officer is very sympathetic as is the African American Chief of Police. The reader also meets Russian mob members, Haitians, and a very obnoxious social-climbing psychiatrist. It's a riot. Wolfe captures American societies like nobody else. Hooray.
Listened to audio book and found myself literally laughing out loud a dozen times. Very, very funny satire of just about everyone in Miami, including Yalies and snowbird Yentas.
This could have been written by anyone who writes bodice rippers or Hollywood exposes. Tom Wolfe does or did know how to write. Cynical cliche upon cynical cliche. Bah.
I loved this book. It reminds me all of the other great Tom Wolfe books, with great characters, and wonderful dialogue. If you have liked any of his other books, do read this one.
This book was better than reviews lead me to believe. It is novelized social commentary on Miami. I found it extremely interesting read that way as opposed to really looking for a strong story line.
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