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November 5, 2012

Back to Blood, By Tom Wolfe

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , — Bookblurb @ 8:40 am

Now into his ninth decade, the turbo-charged chronicler of America can’t slow down.

By Tim Walker

There comes a moment, some 570 pages into Tom Wolfe’s latest 700-plus-paged novel, when two characters find themselves at the mercy of a reality TV camera crew. One of the production team, they learn to their puzzlement, is a writer. On television, they’re told, “you have to create a hyper-reality before it will come across to the viewer as plain reality.” The screenwriter gives narrative structure to the unwieldy facts. So too does Wolfe, whose fiction often has the feel of hyper-real journalism, just as the New Journalism that he named and pioneered famously employs the devices of great fiction.

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