Back to Blood – Tom Wolfe

Prologue: We een Mee-AH-mee Now

„SPEAK ENGLISH, YOU PATHETIC IDIOT! YOU’RE IN AMERICA NOW! SPEAK ENGLISH!“ … „No, mía malhablada puta gorda, we een Mee-ah-mee now! You een Mee-ah-mee now!“ (21)

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1. The Man on the Mast

„OK u r a big latingo celebrity. Now what?“ (58)

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2. The Hero’s Welcome

LAS SOMBRILLAS DE LIBERTAD (73)

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3. The Daring Weak Man

People have such a colorful picture of newspaper reporters, … Yeah – and in real life they’re about as colorful as John Smith here. … They are the weak, and forever after they resented the strong. (117)

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4. Magdalena

… she was a real piece of work. (135)

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5. The pissing Monkey

You want them to know you possess that gorgeous blond, blue-eyed americano, that glamorous, famous Older Man! (157)

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6. Skin

That was what she was by blood, an essentially French young woman of le monde, polished, brilliant, beautiful – then why did his eye fix upon those little fatty-fibrous mounds on either side of her nostrils? – … (185)

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7. The Mattress

The americano had lost him the moment he mentioned Seagulls or whatever the artist’s name was … and Kandinsky and Malayvitch … (220)

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8. The Columbus Day Regatta

BEAT thung BEAT thung BEAT thung BEAT thung – … THRUST hump THRUST thong thong thong thong … (278)

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9. South Beach Outreach

Music … did Nestor hear a strum of music? … the thrum of an overture? (323)

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10.The Super Bowl of the Art World

„See it – like it – buy it! That’s all you –  “ (330)

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11. Ghislaine

::::::Oh, come on, Nestor! You’re acting like some thirteen-year-old who has just felt the first churning of all that stuff in his pelvic saddle. They’re nothing but a pair of legs – okay? … :::::: (375)

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12. Jujitsu Justice

::::::Jesus Christ, Sarge, I hope to hell they don’t have you on video saying „jungle bunny.“:::::: (414)

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13. A La Moda Cubana

„You’re like a virgin on a hill overlooking the Devil’s playground, Magdalena! “ (459)

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14. Girls with Green Tails

… – at the Honey Pot, be blond no matter how  you get there! We’ll give you your Russian or Estonian name … (498)

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15. The Yentas

„Took you only three months to get here,“ she said. „But maybe that’s what you Government people call ‚rapid response.‘“ (527)

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16. Humiliation One

„What do you do to get food, to get clothes, to get someplace to sleep at night? What do you do?“ (560)

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17. Humiliation, Too

Immediately she telepathed Amélia over the fiberfigmental chimericoptic connection she had left on all evening, „I told you! It depends, it depends!“ (598)

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18. Na Zdrovia!

Hell, he couldn’t just loiter in the hallway could he … Goddamned Dio! … There was no other solution but to go down to the lobby of this Pan Am city hall and make make-believe phone calls. (616)

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19. The Whore

He couldn’t get enough of her, which meant herself, too, her spirit, her uniqueness as a person, her soul. (626)

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20. The Witness

Wasn’t hard to add up two and two, was it? (667)

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21. The Knight of Hialeah

„SMITH, COME HERE!“ … „FEEL GUILTY ON YOUR OWN GODDAMNED TIME! YOU’RE WORKING FOR ME NOW, AND YOU’VE GOT A BIG STORY TO WRITE FOR TOMORROW!“ (691)

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