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A Hamster is Missing in Washington, D.C. Paperback – October 1, 2009
Top Customer Reviews
The only book I've ever done that with before is "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek," and as odd of a comparison as it may seem, it was for the same reason. Unlike Dillard, of course, Spivey writes in the style of humor and satire rather than prose poetry. But like Dillard, Spivey says things in such a wonderful way that it caused me to enjoy the book on two levels: 1) how he said something, which was always hilarious, and 2) what he had to say in the first place, which was always brilliant.
Honestly I don't tend to enjoy the work of most humor columnists for long, finding it to typically be sophomoric and rather like reading the script of a stand-up act. It can be funny at first, but bores me quickly. Spivey's essays, however, are not only laugh-out-loud, repeat-favorite-lines-to-your-spouse-over-and-over-again funny, but also offer such intelligent satire of everything from religion to politics to parenting that you actually learn a thing or two in the process. The guy also flat-out called some things. While reading his biting, hilarious critiques of the Bush Administration's early years, for example, I found it interesting to think about how history has proven his remarks from the time period to be true.Read more ›
The way Ed observes life "during the Bush years" happens to be exactly how I observed this period. My favorite shorts were `Les French'--what an invective exchange; `Eighty in a 55 Zone'--too precious; `So, How About That Economy'--HaHaHa...as I so do recall that once upon a privileged generation; `The Man Without A Face'--ouch! Who would've ever thought laughing so hard could `really' hurt, too? But apparently not as much as when I came to `There's Something In The Room'! Oh. My. Goodness. Let's just say I came this close (two fingers mashed together) to being rushed to the hospital where I pictured written beside `nature of illness'--Ed Spivey.
I am now convinced. There really is a Hamster Missing in Washington, D.C. What a wonderful way to spend leisure time.
I soon found myself wanting to read more and more and more!
Mr. Spivey's ability to arrange the English language into a means of describing some very serious social and political issues in a way which makes one laugh is remarkable and a blessing in today's troubling society, without eliminating the need for some major social reform and justice if we are going to continue as a viable nation. He also has the experience of a parent raising two daughters who are in their middle and late teens and describing events that any parent can relate to with empathy and humor.
I hope that Mr. Spivey will consider publishing a sequal to this book. Furthermore, he would be a spectacular stand-up comedian and story teller.
Thank you Mr. Spivey for creating the Hamster Book at a time when I truly needed an injection of terrific humor!
My mostly apolitical wife loves this book. So does my left-leaning 19-year old son and my iconoclastic 13-year old daughter. But the real tribute to Spivey's brilliance is the fact that my conservative Republican friends love this book, too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Silly little book. Not well written. Don't waste time and money on this expose of Bush 2's administration. Really not very funny.Published on February 15, 2013 by Doodlebugs
Having a political opinion is nice. If you can fit it in while being a parent. "A Hamster is Missing in Washington, D. C. Read morePublished on October 9, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
I found myself thinking of Anne Lamott while reading this book. That may be partly because Lamott mines a similar territory of parenting and progressive faith-based politics. Read morePublished on February 12, 2010 by K. Howe