Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe – review

By Craig Ranapia In Books

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20th December, 2012
We een Mee-AH-mee Now!” So scream the first words of Back to Blood, Tom Wolfe’s latest CAPS-LOCKED! exclamation pointed! damnably-SHOUTY! attempt to take America’s thready pulse. Buried deep in its 700 pages is where Wolfe gives the whole game away: “In Miami, everybody hates everybody.” Wolfe’s method – and his madness – hasn’t changed much since The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987) and A Man in Full (1998). His Miami – like his New York and Atlanta – isn’t a melting pot but a boiling cauldron of racial, ethnic and class tension ...

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