Tom Wolfe long ago declared a preference for the great, teeming, socially panoramic novels of the 19th century — in which a plot of ambition and scandal brings together a rich variety of characters from the overclass, the underclass, and the classes in between — over the novel of internal reflection and exquisite sensibility where what little happens is of great significance for a particular examined life. This preference for Dickens over Virginia Woolf, so to speak, or for Trollope over Henry James, is a very scandalous one, because it is probably shared by most readers. That more or less …
Back to Blood, by Tom Wolfe (Little, Brown, 720 pp., $30)
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Sunday, May 5, 2013 Al-Irshad: Issue One! Boston Bonanza Brou-Ha-Ha! In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon jihad demonstration by our brothers-in-arms the Tsarnaevs, questions have emerged about their reliance on ...