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Lunatics Paperback – December 31, 2012
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“An outrageously funny, irreverent, over-the-top comic mystery.”—Sun Sentinel
“A s**tload of hilarious fun.”—The Kentucky Democrat
“As bizarre as their adventures are, there's a strange sense of believability…That helps keep the story fresh and the pages turning…Creative, unusual and over the top.” —The Associated Press
“Rare political satire…With world affairs in the toilet, Barry and Zweibel bring us what we need: comic relief.”— The Boston Globe
About the Author
Dave Barry is proud to have been elected Class Clown by the Pleasantville High School class of 1965. From 1983 to 2004, he wrote a weekly humor column for the Miami Herald, which in 1988 won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. He is the author of some thirty books. His most recent bestsellers include his Peter Pan prequels, written with Ridley Pearson; his Christmas story The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog; Dave Barry’s History of the Millennium (So Far); and I’ll Mature When I’m Dead. Barry lives in Coral Gables, Florida, with his family and a domestic staff of forty-seven.
Alan Zweibel is an original Saturday Night Live writer who the New York Times said has “earned his place in the pantheon of American pop culture.” He is the winner of lots and lots of Emmy Awards for his work in television, which also includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Monk, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and PBS’s Great Performances. He won the Thurber Prize for his novel The Other Shulman and collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award–winning play 700 Sundays. Zweibel and his wife, Robin, live in Short Hills, New Jersey, because they enjoy paying exorbitantly high property taxes.
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This is a fast paced, hilarious, and full of surprises book. The book is written from the perspective of the two main characters. One author describes the events through one character. The other author describes the same events through the other character.
If you have seen "The Affair" on Showtime then think of this book like that....except absolutely hilarious.
I loved the two characters because of how different they are. The events they go through get more and more ridiculous and obviously would never happen in the real world, but when Dave Barry is writing then the world is one messed up place.
Very fun book. Great for vacation or the beach
On the other hand, the book is worth the embarrassment.
This is a flat-out funny book featuring two very different men: one a prim and virtuous pet store owner about whom the phrase "politically correct" may have been coined, and the other a crude, narcissistic, and socially-inappropriate "forensic plumber," i.e., a plumber who testifies in court cases.
From their first meeting, these two detest one another, but circumstances repeatedly throw them together under the most unusual and hilarious circumstances. Together, this inept duo ends up front and center on the world stage, repeatedly and unintentionally affecting everything from zoo animals to national and international security interests.
I've always liked Dave Barry but the addition here of co-author Zweibel, a renowned comic writer, has added a deeper and more sustained note of hilarity to the book.
For good or ill, this one has "future movie" written all over it. But there is no way a movie could be as good as this book.
If you are a somber soul, don't bother with this book, but if you revel in riotous ridiculousness, this is the book for you.
It is the story of two men, a forensic plumber and a pet shop owner (whose store is named "The Wine Shop"), who get into a series of over-the-top adventures that take them all around the world. It is James Bond meets Abbott and Costello. I won't give away any of the plot, but I will say that they overturn Fidel Castro, stop a major terrorist attack and shake up the communist world before they finally get back home.
The laughs are largely of the slapstick variety, with a little bathroom humor thrown in, and there is a great deal of earthy language. These things might offend some people. But no piece of humor, even the best, will please everyone. I found myself laughing out loud while reading this, and so will a lot of other people.
If you want an easy read that is also drop-dead hilarious, this is the book.