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Naked Came the Manatee Paperback – January 20, 1998
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Dave Barry starts the madness in Naked Came the Manatee, introducing a 102-year-old environmentalist named Coconut Grove and a manatee saddled with one of Barry's favorite monikers, Booger. Carl Hiaasen closes down the party, and in between, 11 of Florida's literati, including Elmore Leonard, John Dufresne, and Edna Buchanan, make twisted offerings to the affair: three severed heads, all bearing a remarkable resemblance to Fidel Castro; four murders; some sex; some espionage; even an appearance by Jimmy Carter and one by Castro himself.
Originally published as a serial novel in the Miami Herald's Tropic magazine, Naked Came the Manatee resembles a literary game of telephone, with each writer contributing a chapter and passing it on to the next, who then makes the most of what he or she is given. The result is a novel with wildly fluctuating styles and more crazy plot curves than a daytime drama, but thanks to these 13 masters of the craft this roller coaster of a book is almost as much fun to read as it obviously was to write. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Aside from Hiaasen, this collective effort is authored by a host of South Florida writers?Dave Barry, Les Standiford, Paul Levine, Edna Buchanan, James W. Hall, Carolina Hospital, Evelyn Mayerson, Tananarive Due, Brian Antoni, Vicki Hendricks, John Dufresne, and Elmore Leonard?who joined forces a year ago to write a 13-week serial in the "Tropic" section of the Miami Herald. In Miami, John Deal, Britt Montero, and Jake Lassitor (stock characters of Standiford, Buchanan, and Levine, respectively) join forces to help a 102-year-old environmentalist and her granddaughter investigate a mysterious, hermetically sealed head-sized canister brought up from the depths by Booger, a saintly manatee who roams the coves off Coconut Grove and seems to have a calling to save imperiled creatures. Each chapter of this comic thriller is a gem that builds on the preceding one. Highlights include a parody of Moby Dick ("Call Me Booger...") and a guest appearance by Jimmy Carter in Dufresne's chapter. Many of these writers have a built-in readership, and all proceeds go to charity. Highly recommended.
-?Laurel Wilson, Alexandrian P.L., Mount Vernon, Ind.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This witty book was originally the conception of Tom Shroder when he was the editor of the Miami Herald's 'Tropic' magazine, and appeared there in serial form before it became this book. The authors of the different chapters are:
1. Dave Barry
2. Les Standiford
3. Paul Levine
4. Edna Buchanan
5. James W. Hall
6. Carolina Hospital
7. Evelyn Mayerson
8. Tananarive Due
9. Brian Antoni
10. Vicki Hendricks
11. John Dufresne
12. Elmore Leonard
13. Carl Hiaasen
Many of these authors are personal favorites of this displaced Floridian, but one small footnote regarding Florida's electric chair named 'Old Sparky' should be mentioned. Elmore Leonard, who wrote a chapter here, also wrote an ill-fated TV series called "Maximum Bob" which ran for seven segments during 1998, and starred Beau Bridges as an ultra right-wing judge who loved sentencing criminals to a visit with 'Old Sparky.' The series came from Elmore's 1991 novel Maximum Bob.
This book is quirky, it's humorous, and it's hilarious. Don't take it to bed to read if you have a significant other, because you'll just keep them up with your laughter. It's not serious - read it because you want to be entertained, and you won't be disappointed!
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