...sadly,no plot. Gave up halfway through. Perhaps I would have been better off with the abridged version. I have loved so many of Tom Wolfe's classics, but this book wasn't going anywhere -- at least by the middle of Part 2. Yes, the narrator is terrific, yes, Tom Wolfe writes some brilliant description (love the use of sounds), but a book also has to move forward. This one doesn't. Disappointing.
I have only the audio edition of the book, so I can't tell. This audio edition is very well narrated. More like a performance, than a reading.
The police chief. He is flawed, but not rotten to the bones.
Each character is memorable in its own way and place, but I couldn't single out any one of them. They are quintessential for their own types.
I enjoyed the characters' development including their thoughts and distractions while other things were happening. Tom Wolf is a great writer, who continues to deliver a well woven and entertaining story It was an interesting view of Miami, the cultural mix and the Art scene. Very fun.
Educational explanation of Cubano family and social conditions in Miami. Mr. Wolfe provided memorable personalities and situations. Pace was brisk and entire book interesting.
Camacho - he was torn between many different life forces and 'uncertain' consistently on which path to follow.
Voice inflections, pronunciations and 'flow'.
Camacho's father to argue familial structuring.
Baby Boomer in Raleigh NC. Faves include James Lee Burke, CJ Box, Baldacci, Flynn, Child, DeMille, Crais, Connolly, Thor, Coes, L'amour. Average two books/week.
What a Hoot!..... Tom Wolfe does Carl Hiaasen does Confederacy of Dunces. A wonderful romp thru the over-the-top and down-the-rabbit hole world of modern day Miami. All that is missing is Horatio Cain and Tony Montana and "my little friend".
Lou Diamond Phillips does a fine narration making the Cuban accents intelligible.
This is for Miami what Confederacy of Dunces was for New Orleans.
This is mostly a compelling read/listen. The story and subplots are captivating and the characters are well-drawn. As always, Wolfe is a provocative thinker and writer who has a fresh way of looking at old, seemingly settled aspects of American life and culture. So, definitely would recommend.
My only hesitation is a growing impatience with Wolfe's writing style -- the Electric Kool-Aid schtick that was innovative in the '70s, and still refreshing in the '90s, but now is more distracting and annoying than illuminating, like a monotonous drumbeat. Perhaps that comment simply shows my age, but Wolfe's stories with, say, Elmore Leonard's sparse story-telling would be a terrific combination.
I'm a huge fan of Tom Wolfe and have read everything he has written with relish. As expected, the carefully observed culture and characters are central to a web of story that twists and leaps with wit and surprise.
Not expected was the repetition of phrases and descriptions such that I kept wanting to hit the fast forward button to get to the next paragraph. Wolfe is known for his verbosity but I don't recall such repetitiousness in previous efforts. A ruthless editor could have saved a good 10% of my time to the benefit of what otherwise is a fascinating and enjoyable read.
It's hard to beat the opening event--a daring rescue by our protagonist, Officer Nestor Camacho.
Lou Diamond Phillips is remarkable in the expressiveness of his voice. His command of accents ranges from Cuban to Russian to Long Island to redneck. Without his carefully differentiated portrayals of the characters, Back to Blood would not have been nearly as much fun.
I was moved by the inner voice of Magdalena, a Cuban nurse who aspires to raise her status and to socialize with the rich and famous people of Miami, but who deeply feels prejudice and condescension coming from some of the rich folk.
I really cared about the characters, and I enjoyed Tom Wolfe's prose and dialogue, so beautifully performed by Lou Diamond Phillips.
The full panoply of human folly is on display as only Wolfe can do--greed, envy, lust, petty self-interest, tribalism, hubris. Phillips' narration is superb.
Where else can you hear loins, mons venus, lubricious sprinkled on every page? Who uses words like those either verbally or written, ever, besides TW?. Not much of a plot, more of a fabulous character study. Fully fleshed out characters come to life but sadly drop from the pages, tantalizing plot threads are disappointingly abandoned but what whacky juicy fun anyway. Its why you came. Enjoy. Narration, accents and pacing just wonderful.