Bloody Miami

Bloody Miami Note de l diteur Port e par une prose lectrique cette grande fresque en D de la vie Miami est un miroir de l Am rique des ann es comme le fut pour les ann es le New York du B cher des van

  • Title: Bloody Miami
  • Author: Tom Wolfe Odile Demange
  • ISBN: 9782221134184
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Note de l diteur Port e par une prose lectrique, cette grande fresque en 3D de la vie Miami est un miroir de l Am rique des ann es 2010, comme le fut pour les ann es 1990 le New York du B cher des vanit s Brillant, culott , l humour corrosif un Tom Wolfe tr s grand cru Une invasion arm e, c est une chose, videmment Mais Miami est la seule ville d Am rique Note de l diteur Port e par une prose lectrique, cette grande fresque en 3D de la vie Miami est un miroir de l Am rique des ann es 2010, comme le fut pour les ann es 1990 le New York du B cher des vanit s Brillant, culott , l humour corrosif un Tom Wolfe tr s grand cru Une invasion arm e, c est une chose, videmment Mais Miami est la seule ville d Am rique et m me du monde, ma connaissance ou une population venue d un pays tranger, dot e d une langue et d une culture trang res, a immigr et tabli sa domination en l espace d une g n ration peine par la voie des urnes Je veux parler des Cubains de Miami D s que j ai pris conscience de cette r alit , j ai tr pign d impatience il fallait que j y aille C est ainsi que j ai pass deux ans et demi dans la m l e, en plein coeur de l immense foire d empoigne qu est Miami Il faut le voir pour le croire ou bien oserais je le sugg rer le lire dans Bloody Miami Dans ce livre ou il n est pas question d h moglobine, mais de lign es , Nestor, un policier cubain de vingt six ans, se retrouve exil par son propre peuple de la ville d Hialeah, la v ritable Little Havana de Miami, pour avoir sauv de la noyade un mis rable migrant clandestin de La Havane Magdalena, sa ravissante petite amie de vingt quatre ans, leur tourne le dos, Hialeah et lui, pour des horizons plus glamour en devenant la ma tresse d abord d un psychiatre, star des plateaux t l et sp cialiste de l addiction la pornographie, puis d un oligarque russe dont le plus grand titre de gloire est d avoir donn son nom au Mus e des beaux arts de Miami en lui vendant des faux pour soixante dix millions de dollars un professeur ha tien risque la ruine pour que ses enfants mul tres soient pris pour des Blancs un chef de la police noir d cide qu il en a assez de servir d alibi la politique raciale du maire cubain le r dacteur en chef WASP de l unique quotidien anglophone encore publi Miami, certes dipl m de Yale mais qui ne comprend rien aux contradictions intrins ques et compl tement cingl es de cette ville, meurt de peur de perdre sa place et ses privil ges tandis que son jeune reporter vedette, galement sorti de Yale mais qui, lui, a tout compris , s chine avec succ s et avec l aide de Nestor, notre jeune policier cubain traquer le scoop qui lui permettra de se faire une place la hauteur de son ambition et je n voque l que neuf des personnages de Bloody Miami, qui couvre tout le spectre social de cette m gapole multiethnique J esp re qu ils vous plairont C est un roman, mais je ne peux m emp cher de me poser cette question et si nous tions en train d y contempler l aurore de l avenir de l Am rique Tom Wolfe

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    1. Onvan : Back to Blood - Nevisande : Tom Wolfe - ISBN : 316036315 - ISBN13 : 9780316036313 - Dar 704 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2012

    2. First off, I am a HUGE fan of Tom Wolfe. I have read everything he has ever written. I was willing to write off CHARLOTTE SIMMONS as an anomaly, a mistake in judgment. The material simply wasn't a good fit for him. BACK TO BLOOD sounded like it was right in his wheelhouse. I was stoked. This was going to be a capstone to his amazing career.It's not. While you can see why he was attracted to the milieu, and there are flashes of his usual incisiveness and wit, the overall sense here is of a missed [...]

    3. When my mother died twenty one years ago, a Herald reporter, assigned to write her obituary, asked me if she resented all the changes that had come to Miami during the forty plus years she had lived in South Florida. My mother, having once quit the Junior League when asked to make a speech about "holding the color line", might have cancelled her subscription to the paper on the spot. She loved Miami and everything it had become. She watched in wonderment as the nouveau riche socialites invaded t [...]

    4. Old tricks still the best tricks?While I was reading Back to Blood, I happened to mention to a friend that it was the first I’d read from Wolfe since The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test decades prior. He was astounded that I’d never read Bonfire of the Vanities, but I was barely out of high school when it was published. And let’s face it; Mr. Wolfe hasn’t exactly been prolific in his fiction output in recent years. So, basically, I came to this novel with very fresh eyes and few expectations [...]

    5. How does Tom Wolfe annoy his readers? Let me count the ways:He inserts a cartoon-like soundtrack into his prose:"SMACK the Safe Boat bounces airborne comes down again SMACK on another swell in the bay bounces up again comes down SMACK on another swell and SMACK bounces airborne with emergency horns police Crazy Lights exploding SMACK in a demented sequence SMACK"This goes on intermittently for 10 pages in the first chapter.He illustrates with words in explicit detail the inner visions and outwar [...]

    6. What ee cummings is to poetry, Wolfe is to the novel. You can literally scan the text of his book, and recognize the punctuation, the repetition, the Shakespearean extravagant carelessness with which he manufactures words, and know that you are in a Tom Wolfe novel.Who else but cummings could write a poem about being alone that ends with the word "loneliness" in such a way that you see "one, one, one, i-ness (a leaf falls):lonelinessAnd who else but Tom Wolfe can sprinkle his prose with strings! [...]

    7. In the prologue of Tom Wolfe's latest novel, Back to Blood, Edward T. Topping IV, one of Wolfe's classic beacons of WASP-y impotence* and his wife get into a very unpleasant shouting match with a scandalously dressed Cubana (described with vintage Wolfe-lust) who had the audacity to steal their parking space. After the racially charged exchange, Topping -- heart still pounding from the conflict -- frets that since organized religion is dying in the United States, the only thing people believe in [...]

    8. "Back to Blood" is more like "Bonfire" than any of the books in between. Is is a snappy read; snarky, fast-moving, filled with interesting characters and Wolfe's bright, clear writing. "Blood" comes in at 704 pages which sounds, and is, hefty, but the hustled wrap-up at the end is disappointing. You have committed a considerable amount of time to their story and deserve something better than an overly convenient tie-up.Now about those characters. They are not a terribly likeable group but they a [...]

    9. What an ordeal!!!! BAM!!! POW!!! WHAMMO!!!! Annoyed yet? This is just a tiny taste of what Back to Blood was like to read. Tom Wolfe's first novel in 8 years looks at Miami the same way that Bonfire of the Vanities addressed Manhattan, and A Man in Full explored Atlanta. Wolfe repeats his usual formula of a vast array of characters, satiric tone, and paragraphs full of irritating onomatopoeic devices, over-punctuated with caps on steroids and exclamation points. At 704 pages, Wolfe could easily [...]

    10. Rating = 1.5 starsThere are 19 disks in this audio book. I listened to 11 of them only because it was the only audio book I had around for awhile. As soon as I got my hands on something better, I could not get rid of this thing fast enough. The plot is ridiculous and frequently disgusting, and I hated almost every one of the characters. Tom Wolfe should have quit after Bonfire of the Vanities, although there were some things I liked about I Am Charlotte Simmons.

    11. Miami gets the tom Wolfe treatment in the same way that New York did in Bonfire and Atlanta did (to a lesser extent) in A Man in Full. I can't say that I know Miami, but I also can't say I know Miami much better after reading this book. Much as I admire and like Tom Wolfe, I was reminded an awful lot of another Floridian author, Carl Hiassen, as I read Back to Blood. Except that Hiassen doesn't have to live up to being A Novelist and just gets on with his plot. Wolfe, however, carries the burden [...]

    12. In my review on these pages of Middle Age by Joyce Carol Oates, I compare her to Wolfe. They are both cynical journalists, social satirists who mock their characters mostly but permit an occasional glimmer of compassion to show through.Wolfe's literary predecessor could well be Honore de Balzac, who was so alike in his opinion of human nature and exploitation of its foibles. His preoccupations are encapsulated in one of his titles - A Harlot High and Low.In Back to Blood, Wolfe savages urban Ame [...]

    13. I have read reviews of Tom Wolfe’s new novel Back to Blood that have been all over the place. One reviewer called it “a shrewd, riling, and exciting tale of a volatile, divisive, sun-seared city where ‘everybody hates everybody.’” Another went so far as to call it “pure bile.” There is certainly some bile in there as Mr. Wolfe exposes the foibles of just about every socioeconomic and ethnic group in today’s Miami. And the reviews that criticize the book as being hard to read are [...]

    14. I understand all of the criticisms of Tom Wolfe -- his overreliance on sound-effects as characterization, the fact that his cultural observations veer from incredibly insightful to cheap and banal and back in the matter of a few sentences, the way he obsesses over things that are at times quite dull, and the fact that it is hard to take the observations of an 80-plus year old white man about youth culture and race completely at face value. Oh, and the suits. But still I always find myself enjoyi [...]

    15. It's had some bad press but loved this book. I listened to it on audiobook - brilliantly read by Lou Diamond Phillips - and laughed my way through the whole thing. It might not be quite so strong as Bonfire of the Vanities or A Man in Full but it's a great romp through crime ridden, racially tense Miami with a brilliant cast of larger than life characters.

    16. I have very mixed feeling about this book. Part of me wanted to give it a lower rating. Some elements of the writing style annoyed me to no end. Yes, Tom Wolfe has always liked unusual punctuation and exclamation points, but the BOOM BUMP CRASH repeated ad nauseam in some chapters just got on my nerves. I get it, the strip-club was loud. The music was repetitive. Annoying. Well, done, Mr. Wolfe, you did transmit that sense of annoyance very well. I got annoyed. Second, you cannot help by feeling [...]

    17. Back to Blood is a devastating critique of current Miami and American society. For those who recall what Tom Wolfe did for New York in The Bonfire of the Vanities, this is Miami’s less violent but more corruptly vain star-turn.Our protagonists are two Cuban-Americans from all-Cuban Hialeah. The book unfolds with their coming-of-age into greater Miami and out of their insular hometown. One, Hector Camacho, is a super-bulked up Miami cop who is ostracized by the community for saving the life of [...]

    18. Spoilers WithinAt the outset I should state that I am a fan of Tom Wolfe. His stories have abundant energy and explore many different layers of society (some of them quite seamy – so the readers of this book beware!). If you have liked his past works “Back To Blood” will appeal to you. It’s not as claustrophobic as “I am Charlotte Simmons” and it approaches “The Bonfire of the Vanities” for satire. And the main theme in any novel of Tom Wolfe is “downfall” – there is plenty [...]

    19. Well, I can finally say that I've read Tom Wolfe, though I can't say it has amounted to much. It's a name often bandied about and always spoken of with a casual affectless enjoyment of things you haven't probably heard about.I can say that Wolfe has some interesting ideas and does an applaudable bit of research. At no point was I doubting any of the hard work that he did to make this book appear for all purposes as if he knew every last detail about cuban life in Florida as well as the bourgeois [...]

    20. The fourth of his recent string of fiction and it continues his style of in-your-face fictionalizing of how we currently live in the 21st century. At least in Miami Beach. The first chapter sets the pace for the entire book, with the main character zooming across Biscayne Bay. Every 8th word being SMACK, as the speed-boat slams into the azure blue sunlit water. Add a Russian art-swindling oligarch, the riotous communities of Overtown and Liberty City, Art Basel Miami Beach, a svelte Cuban nurse [...]

    21. Is Wolfe a good writer? It's an interesting question. Certainly (as he would be the first to tell us) he's more in touch with reality than the vast majority of his competitors. And his sociological interpretive lense which reduces human behavior to status competition is about as accurate as a reductive schema can get. However, he is too doctrinaire in its application. What's interesting about people is the fluff they build on top of their naked power struggles. It is in life extremely rare to me [...]

    22. There are glimpses of trademark Wolfe in this otherwise mediocre novel marred by a disjointed narrative and painfully inauthentic dialogue: the intersecting sub plots; the bold social commentary, such as Wolfe's theory on why journalists tend to be politically liberal; the author's willingness to eschew political correctness in ridiculing uncouth elements of young male African American culture through a Haitian father concerned about the culture's harmful influence on his teenage son.Then there [...]

    23. It's hard to figure why Tom Wolfe's "Back to Blood" made so many critics' favorites lists in 2012. Faulkner or Balzac, this author is not. His latest novel, in fact, is bloated, campy, arch, and mostly contemptuous of a series of stock characters. (How can a reader be expected to warm to characters Wolfe himself plainly finds lacking?) As social history, it resembles the reality television series ("Masters of the Univ--", uh, "Masters of Disasters") Wolfe dissects and parodies at one point -- un [...]

    24. If you have ever read The Right Stuff, then you are a fan of Tom Wolfe. The Right Stuff is one of the best books that I have ever read. Wolfe turned Chuck Yeager into an American folk hero. If you are an Atlantan, you read A Man in Full. A Man in Full was a good book, not a great book about Atlanta and its environs. Wolfe's lastest book, Back to Blood, is Wolfe's irreverent take on Miami with all of its warts and racial undertones. Like A Man in Full, Wolfe is an incredible observer of all that [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. I reluctantly (but also with great relief) stopped reading this book after 200 pages or so. There was plenty to like, as usual with Tom Wolfe – lots of funny observation of the absurdity of modern life, sometimes hilarious word play, sympathetic/pathetic characters, several rousing (and several routine and dull) plotlines, etc. This time, however, even though I was prepared for all the tics and idiosyncrasies of the author, I just couldn’t take it anymore. Everything is so pumped pumped, pum [...]

    27. Oh my gosh! This book is a hot mess. I've enjoyed Tom Wolfe in the past, but oh dear how the mighty have fallen. There are several negative things I could say about the book, but the thing that bugged me the most, and to the point of wanting to scream, was that Wolfe must have just reviewed an anatomy textbook or something because all body parts are referred to by their anatomically correct terms to the point of craziness. I am not kidding when I say that "mons pubis" is used in the book around [...]

    28. Picked up "Back to Blood" at the airport in Gran Canaria. They'd just called the flight, so I had no time to browse if I wanted something to read on the flight home, I grabbed this book because it had a bright pink cover and was written by Tom Wolfe of Bonfire of the Vanities fame. I liked that book.It's certainly in the same style as Bonfire.except this time, it's based in Miami, with a varied group of characters: Cubans, Americanos and Russian oligarchs. The story centres round a Cuban cop wit [...]

    29. I read Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities about 25 years ago and thought it was brilliant. But I believe I have changed as a reader since then and Wolfe, who is primarily a satirist I think, had moved on from pillorying NYC 1980s society excesses to pillorying early 21st century Miami multi-cultural society’s excesses in Back to Blood. I don’t know if the weaknesses that I detected in Back to Blood are also to be found in Bonfire of the Vanities or if they were the result of a best-selling au [...]

    30. Tom Wolfe's books are all about respect. Everyone wants it but all are very stingy in giving it unless they run into someone who is physically attractive or wealthy - and even in those cases the respect is only on the surface.The power of beauty and wealth are insidious because human beings are inherently insecure; the demand for respect is founded on a lack of self respect. This insecurity comes from a failure to recognize what is truly valuable, that peace of mind can never come from insinceri [...]

    31. In Back To Blood Tom Wolfe again makes and in-depth study of a city and a culture while all the time exploring the idea of what it means to be a man. In Bonfire of the Vanities and A Man in Full he looked at this idea from the perspective of Wall Street and Harlem and from real estate development and prisons, respectively. Here Wolfe tackles Miami and its confluence of cultures. This time it is mostly from the perspective of a nurse and a cop. His main characters are working class people who bru [...]

    32. Miami police officer Nestor Camacho is conflicted. He wants to be a good cop and have the respect of his family, friends and colleagues. But how can he be a good cop when what is good changes with the whims of some ethnic group or committee or another? There are the Cubans, his own heritage. Then there are the Haitians, the Russians, blacks, police, politicians, yentas, psychiatrists, whores, a dangling man, gangs, hoaxers, porn addiction and porn celebration, phonies, druggies, fakers, leggy wo [...]

    33. Tom Wolfe takes me to places I would never find myself in even though Tom Wolfe and I are contemporaries, sort of. He travels with the movers and shakers, with the well-off and the young strivers. In the worlds he describes for us, people don’t sit at home and watch TV. They dress up, they go places and sometimes they go to the wrong places or they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. The first novel by Tom Wolfe that I read was The Bonfire of the Vanities about a hit and run accident by [...]

    34. There’s a scene in 'Back to Blood' that embodies the whole book. Picture a flotilla of boats perched just off an exclusive gated maritime resort. Lots of young people partying. An ageing lecherous psychiatrist gatecrashes the party with his young Cuban ‘nurse’. The decks of the boats are littered “with used condoms and puke fritters”. A pornographic film is screening on the large sails of an enormous yacht. Someone is getting the biggest blowjob ever viewed in the waters off the Miami [...]

    35. My enjoyment of this book oscillated so frequently I feel a star rating is not truly indicative of much; based on a law of averages I suppose it would be a 3, though there are points where a 5 is due.I note that other reviews refer to the potential offence of Wolfe's interpretation of race relations, and his lurid accounts of characters' sex lives (or at least sexual desires). As to the former, absolutely absurd: the essential theme - or one of them - of BtB is racial tensions in a city that is [...]

    36. His best since Bonfire of the Vanities. William Makepeace Thackery reborn. We're lucky to have him and it'll be a sad day for fiction when he's gone.All the Wolfe hallmarks are here, and we have a really sympathetic hero in Nestor. Of course, since this is social satire, Nestor has his vanities and weaknesses, but I cared more about him than I have about, well, just about every character current modern literary fiction writers have created all lumped together.The idea that since Wolfe is in his [...]

    37. I really enjoyed this book. I think I liked it the best since Bonfire of the Vanities, although I did like Man in Full and I Am Charlotte Simmons as well.Yet a different slice of America here, as with his other books. What I took Wolfe to be discussing here was the age-old questions of the assimilation of new immigrants into America and the struggles that they go through as they seek to reconcile their new lives in America with their old lives they leave behind. America is known (correctly in my [...]

    38. This is a terrible novel. In fact, it isn’t a novel at all. It is a collection of character portraits written by a skilled caricature artist. I appreciate the brilliance of Wolfe in showing characters until every microscopic flaw is evident. I don’t appreciate having to wade through a swamp of unrelated vignettes, trying frantically to make sense of a non-existent storyline. I don’t even know what the characters are doing in the pages. There is a WASP-y editor, a John Smith journalist, a C [...]

    39. Tom Wolfe's latest novel follows Miami Police Officer Nestor Camacho as he navigates the minefield of social and political pressures in modern-day Miami. Through a series of inter-related (mis)adventures the young Cuban-American cop finds himself an outcast; suddenly at odds with nearly every sub-group jockeying for power in southern Florida. Oh, and his girlfriend Magdalena; the love of his life, has dumped him.This is the foundation on which Wolfe brings today's Miami life. In Back to Blood Wo [...]

    40. As I read "Back to Blood," I found myself wondering if Wolfe's writing style has morphed almost into a caricature of itself, or if maybe I've gotten old and cranky and don't find it that amusing anymore. I'm sure I could read a chapter of a Tom Wolfe book and recognize it as his, even with the author info somehow disguised or missing. And I have absolutely loved some of his work, and been lukewarm about others. If I were so inclined, I'd go back to one I remember liking, like "A Man in Full," an [...]

    41. You can read my full review of this one over at The Millions, but here's a summation:"The city Wolfe depicts isn’t the full Miami. It’s instead limited by Wolfe’s own perspective: that of a wealthy, conservative anglo. It was T. D. Allman, author of Miami: City of the Future, who wrote that 'practically everything everyone says about [Miami], both good and bad, is true.' But is it still true to depict a Miami with only one African-American character? Is it still true if you set only one sc [...]

    42. No one could call Miami a "melting pot" if you believe the picture Tom Wolfe paints in this book. We have cubans, haitians, african americans, and russians all NOT getting along with each other, and resenting the "americanos." The cast of characters include a not too bright, hot, cuban nurse working for a sex-addiction psychiatrist, a cuban police officer who is banished from his community for rescuing a refugee from a 70-foot mast before setting foot on american soil thus preventing him from be [...]

    43. I’m afraid that I didn't enjoy this book that much. The main reason was that I couldn't stand the fragmented sentences especially when the author inserted a character’s inner thoughts in the middle of an event. I also found these characters, despite their struggles of displacements, to be fairly shallow and this frustrated me because I wanted them to strive for something more! There were quite a few head-banging on my part but I was curious enough for the conclusion that I followed through t [...]

    44. I didn't really want to give this book 5 stars - 9 out of 10 would be more suitable for me. I was mesmerized by nearly the entire book, but disappointed by a fairly predictable ending. I agree with those that say that Wolfe has a fine eye for all things social. He is a master when it comes to describing our thrills and follies, and there is no one better at building a character up only to bring the same character down approximately 500 to 600 pages later. Mixed in with morally ambiguous characte [...]

    45. Just as I began reading "Back to Blood" I watched an interview with Tom Wolfe on YouTube. The interview was produced by the Wall Street Journal and, once again, I was taken at how intelligently Wolfe held forth on the big questions in American life such as race and immigration and how they were addressed in "Back to Blood".On returning to the novel I was soon aware that the intelligence and insight that Wolfe displayed during the interview were nowhere to be found in the book he was promoting. " [...]

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