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Satisfying Read for Wolfe fans-Irreverent, Honest, Funny, True,
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This review is from: Back to Blood: A Novel (Kindle Edition)
If you are a Wolfe fan and have suffered through the ugliest presidential election campaign in memory, you will enjoy this novel. Wolfe calls a "spade a spade" and reveals the hypocrisy of the media, the political nature of justice, and the games that are played in the name of "diversity." Wolfe is so right on about so many things that the novel is a refreshing read after an election season marked by deception, and media lows. While I agree with other readers that the excessive use of whole caps, written sounds, and exclamation points became tiring, the inclusion of these punctuation choices were intentional to illustrate the tendency of today's world to over-dramatize every story and event that exists. I did find some of the descriptions on pornography a bit too much and out there at times (specifically the regatta) but it is worth reading past these sections. The book gets better and better as the story develops and it is not an easy story to tell. Readers need to bear with Wolfe so he can lay the groundwork of his plot. I enjoyed Nestor, Magdalena, the Chief, and Ghislaine, the primary characters, and felt Wolfe was brave and courageous in portraying the Cuban, black, white, Haitian and Russian communities all trying to coexist in Miami. Politically correct readers will HATE this book because Wolfe fearlessly tells it like it is. His title, Back to Blood is a fitting description of what is happening in America today, at least in the big cities that are composed of diverse factions such as Miami. I am glad Wolfe wrote this book because it is refreshing in its brutal honesty. Brutal honesty is out of vogue in today's America, but for those of us who remember the good old days when journalists actually had ethics, politicians entered politics to "serve" not "rule" and "humanism," not "diversity" was the word of the day, Wolfe is a welcome read. Wolfe will take hits for his honesty by those who lack a sense of humor, yet this is vintage Wolfe. Funny, irreverent, honest, and a fun read. Few writers have the insight that Wolfe's long life has given him. Enjoy Wolfe while he is still giving us his insightful, satirical view of America. If you can't handle the truth about "diversity" in America, skip this read. If you want to read someone who peels the layers away from hypocrisy, Wolfe and Back to Blood will appeal to you. I found it an entertaining, laugh out loud read, despite some early rough patches.