- File Size: 2272 KB
- Print Length: 500 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; 1st edition (August 18, 2010)
- Publication Date: August 18, 2010
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003Z9KFEO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The heroes and heroines of the book are good people who degenerate into eco-terrorists. They pull off numerous major felonies, which are supposed to be amusing but I found distasteful after a while.
Yes there are unforgettable characters — lovable burglars, loathsome dirtbags with bizarre eccentricities, deranged idealists, etc. But tourists are the enemy in these books, and Hiaasen delights in portraying them as unattractively as possible. I don’t care for this, as I spent a week this past winter in St. Petersburg to get some relief from the brutal cold in Vermont. Call me a poor sport, but I’m just not amused when Skink shoots at rental cars carrying tourist families.
Maybe if the book had gone on less long, I would have liked it better.
I love books by Carl Hiaasen. I have read several of his other books. My favorite so far has been “Lucky You” and “Star island” I haven’t read this one yet, I plan to read this one soon.
The poor rating is for the quality of shipping. Amazon is lacking on its final quality control inspections. It is very frustrating to your customers, please get it together or I will order from elsewhere.
You will also meet Newspaper writers, phone sex workers, and the one eyed and elusive Skunk who has a history all his own. And no Hiassen story would be complete without a rounded up security guard and a pistol packing senior citizen .
All these characters and more will be found in Native Tongue.
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The pros: It’s silly and funny and made me laugh out loud. The whole premise (the ongoing attempts to sabotage a poor imitation Disneyland theme park and its owner’s plans to destroy a large section of Floridian wildlife in order to build a golf course) is ridiculous and only gets more slapstick as the book progresses, but the progression of the ridiculousness is so gradual, you barely notice it happening and don’t stop to question it.
The storytelling is actually very good. The small hints and subtle foreshadowing is perfection. A couple of times they caught me out completely, but often a small mention of something had me thinking, “I hope that’s…” and when it turned out it was, i could only grin with glee.
As expected, from previous Hiaasen books, his female characters are poor. The best he can do in this book is Molly McNamara, a rich old lady who campaigns tirelessly for the Florida wilderness. The reason Molly is Hiaasen’s best female character to date? Even Hiaasen finds it difficult to sexualise an elderly lady.
It is immensely frustrating. On the one hand, Hiaasen seems to point at and mock the over-sexualised image of women (with a grotesquely over-large photograph of a naked woman at the nineteenth hole of a golf course or the dumbing down of a historical show in order to “show more tits and ass”), but he himself does nothing to make his female characters anything but typical clichés of this; they serve little-to-no purpose except as sexual objects for the male characters.
As much as i enjoyed all aspects of the book except the blatant sexism, i will never be able to give Hiaasen more than three stars until he writes more realistic female characters.
Typischer Stil von Carl Hiaasen mit den erwarteten chaotischen und witzigen Charakteren.