- Audio CD
- Verlag: Random House Audio; Auflage: Unabridged (28. Januar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0804164053
- ISBN-13: 978-0804164054
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2,8 x 15 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
Dance of the Reptiles: Rampaging Tourists, Marauding Pythons, Larcenous Legislators, Crazed Celebrities, and Tar-Balled Beaches: Selected Columns (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, Ungekürzte Ausgabe
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"Although some say the satire practically writes itself in this state, Hiaasen raises it to a higher level. One caveat, though: Unless you have an intravenous drip of blood pressure meds, you might want to read just a few of these columns at a time."
--Tampa Bay Times
“Hiaasen doesn’t really need to keep his day job as a columnist for the Miami Herald, but fortunately for the residents of Florida and for his vast readership, he has. . . . The state of Florida does not come off too well in Hiaasen’s columns, but one welcome positive of the Sunshine State is obvious—Carl Hiaasen.”
—The Free-Lance Star (Fredericksburg, VA)
"Hiaasen makes this parade of idiocy and avarice palatable with a kind of gallows humor. The more appalling the situation, the greater the potential for hilarity. . . . He is not so much stridently liberal as steadfastly sensible, his wit girded by palpable anger."
--The Post and Courier (Charleston)
"Hiaasen employs a seasoned bullshit detector that is among the most acute in American journalism. . . . If Florida is the poster child for a nation’s fiscal and political disintegration, Hiaasen is the state’s galloping knight (in)errant, slaying the dragons of ineptitude, arrogance and idiocy."
"Entertaining. . . . Hilarious and unnerving. . . for Hiaasen’s ability to awaken outrage and for his eye for oddity."
Praise for Carl Hiaasen's previous column collections, Paradise Screwed and Kick Ass
“Shows you that Hiaasen’s seemingly implausible fictional premises aren’t really far-fetched at all. He just knows Florida.”
“Reminiscent of the snarky, opinionated newspaper articles of the great Mark Twain, Hiaasen’s columns are finely crafted little gems.”
“Lively and well-reported . . . Illuminated by all the wit and keen descriptive powers of his fiction.”
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of thirteen novels, including the bestsellers Bad Monkey, Star Island, Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and four bestselling children’s books, Chomp, Hoot, Flush, and Scat. He joined The Miami Herald in 1976 and worked on the newspaper’s magazine and investigations team before starting his column in 1985. In 2010, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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If you're looking for a good read, check out his crime novels instead. This one just contains unfunny drivel from ten-year-old newspapers.
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Mr. Hiaasen's pieces have the feel of the late, great Chicago columnist Mike Royko (1932-1997.) Also like Mr. Royko, Mr. Hiaasen was born, raised and has lived his entire life in the state he very much loves. The dude is seriously pissed at witnessing the out-of-control growth, the rampant pollution, the horrific crimes and plethora of low-wage service jobs to support tourism as well as residential development. There are a healthy dose of pieces which focus on Florida, but national issues are also given attention. Some of the topics covered are the Terri Schiavo fiasco, Guantanamo, the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, Haitian refugees, Catholic sex abuse, Presidents Bush and Obama as well as Vice-President Cheney, illegal farm workers, George Zimmerman & Trayvon Martin, the NRA, the Iraq War, Florida's stand-your-ground law and the superficial media.
After reading a few columns, it doesn't take an Albert Einstein to realize Mr. Hiaasen is a unabashed liberal with major axes to grind. Most of his material is sarcastic in tone but supported by valid facts. I found only a few of the columns to be mediocre. Overall, the book is an educational and entertaining collection of pieces which were originally published from 2001 through 2012. I was surprised that many of the low-rating reviews for 'Dance of the Reptiles' were because readers didn't realize it was a collection of newspaper columns. Heck, people, it says "selected columns" on the front AND Miami Herald columns on the back cover. Maybe reading material about politics and social issues was above their ken. As for me, I enjoyed it.
It may not be true that these things could happen only in Florida as Hiaasen claims, but .... where else would tourists be offered (and pay good money for) scuba expeditions to hand feed sharks? He also describes the Florida Legislature's response to the case of a man who allegedly kidnapped a neighbor's pet goat and then accidentally strangled it during a carnal act. Then there is the "Nude Face-Eating Cannibal" who, he says, could only exist in Miami.
However, most of the articles are not about tabloid-style events. Hiaasen has principles. He is angry about threats to Florida's environment. He is angry about government corruption. He is angry about the NRA (although not about gun owners in general), about immigration policy, about greed, and hypocrisy, and ignorance, and the Bush administration. He is also in love, in love with his native state of Florida, and is an effective advocate for it. You can be chuckling one moment and wanting to tear out your hair the next.
Certainly, this collection will appeal most to people with similar viewpoints. Those who just want to laugh should be warned that a majority of the pieces have political content.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)