When Palmer Stoat notices the pickup truck following him, he fears his precious Range Rover is about to be carjacked. But Twilly Spree, the man tailing Stoat, has vengeance, not SUVs, on his mind. Idealistic, wealthy, and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness from runaway destruction. He favors ...
When Palmer Stoat notices the pickup truck following him, he fears his precious Range Rover is about to be carjacked. But Twilly Spree, the man tailing Stoat, has vengeance, not SUVs, on his mind. Idealistic, wealthy, and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness from runaway destruction. He favors unambiguous political statements -- like torching Jet-Skis or blowing up banks -- that leave his victims shaken but re-educated. After watching Stoat blithely dump a trail of fast-food litter out the window, Twilly decides to teach him a lesson. Thus, Stoat's prize Range Rover becomes home to a horde of dung beetles. This could have been the end, had Twilly not discovered that Stoat is one of Florida's cockiest and most powerful political fixers, whose latest project is the "malling" of a pristine Gulf Coast island. Now the real Hiaasen-variety fun begins.... Brilliantly twisted entertainment wrapped around a powerful ecological plea, Sick Puppy is Carl Hiaasen at his riotous and muckracking best.
Carl Hiaasen uses his novels to make political statements. In this book, the topic is preservation of Florida?s undeveloped lands. The main character, Twilly Spree, has become a crusader against those who would destroy the natural landscape for profit. Corrupt politicians and devious lobbyists get their ?just desserts? in a sometimes long-winded, round-about attempt to ?re-educate? the misguided developers. If you enjoy Hiaasen?s quirky sense of humor you will find this book fun to read.
Apr 10, 2007
Dark Comedy About Protecting the Environment
This is a great book that I bought a few years ago by recommendation of the BOMC (but then, what book DON'T they recommend?!). It sounded like it would be fun to read - and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The story involves a guy, a girl, a dog and some really oblivious litter bugs. The dog may be the most sane of the lot. I recently re-read the book after recommending it to a friend, and found that I enjoyed the second read as much as the first. Very dark, with very adult humor, but a great book with no deep meaning, just a lot of laughs at the outrageousness of extreme human behavior.
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