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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (7 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330321935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330321938
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of twelve novels, including the bestselling Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy and Lucky You, and three bestselling children's books, Hoot, Flush and Scat. They have been translated into 34 languages, 33 more than he can read or write. Carl Hiaasen also writes an award-winning column for The Miami Herald.

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Carl Hiaasen has been writing about Florida since he was given a typewriter at the age of six. His novel, BASKET CASE, was a Sunday Times hardcover bestseller for over a month on publication in March 2002. As well as fiction, Hiaasen writes columns for the Miami Herald.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan 2001
Format: Paperback
Carl Hiassen is continually dogged by those miscellaneous authors such as Elmore Leonard, Ben Elton, Robert Llewellyn, et cetera, who wish to depict a highly esoteric and warped view of the modern world. Hiassen has, though, been coveted as the "master" of the genre--the South Floridean Whackos Genre, that is--and in "Native Tongue" he provides full circle of encompassing wit, slapstick and darkly 'smirk-able' satire. Up until now I had never read a Hiassen novel, albiet the good reviews abounding on his work--saying that along with Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. he is one of the highest purchased novelists issuing books in the US of A. And, seemingly, this is an accurate suggestion. He is akin to Dave Barry, another South Floridean columnist turn novelist who won a Pulitzer Prize fundamentally for discussing booger and exploding cows. But where Barry fails flaccidly, Hiassen sharply and smoothly wins the reading audience--he is able to make one laugh. It isn't that Barry is otherwise than funny; he's quite humorous, but it is a variety of humour which is cartoonish and not lasting, whilst Hiassen's wit is irrepressible and although Farrelley-like, still raucously laughable. "Native Tongue" is an indelicately biting novel featuring the recurring Hiassen character of Skink (who makes a revival in the novel "Sick Puppy") as well as a full supporting cast of whackos, submoronic amputees addicted to anebolic steroids, psychopathically nature-fervent geriatrics toting guns, wickedly eccentric yet appealing public relations men and more. It is a witty, ironic and satirical read of a place steeped in underworld apocrypha and rains of mudsnakes. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sep 2004
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Does it make you sad to see beautiful trees and lively animals bulldozed out of their natural habitats? Well, it makes many characters in Native Tongue explode with rage . . . and they take commando actions to stop the rampant development in fragile surroundings. It's all done with waggish tongue-in-cheek humor that also lambastes tourists; organized crime; water, theme and animal parks; golf courses; property development; body builders; the Federal witness protection program; the FBI; public relations flacks; reporters; telephone sex; security guards; and of course, the environmentalists themselves.
This story develops in many unexpected ways. You will enjoy the book more if you experience all of the surprises. I suggest that you avoid reading reviews that reveal anything about the plot and characters, other than the themes.
The title of the book itself turns out to be a hilarious play on three different and unexpected aspects of the story. I don't remember a novel whose title was so appropriate for its story, yet gave so little hint about the context in the beginning.
This book came close to being a perfect satire. My only objection was I found that Mr. Hiaasen had overdone the Pedro Luz character in a way that destroyed the good humor I was enjoying while reading the book.
Do something to help nature today!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Warren Bowman on 19 July 2004
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Hiaasen continues what he's good at - bringing a selection of the oddest characters imaginable into one setting, while wagging a finger at all those who dare to upset the ecological balance of his beloved Florida.
The plot revolves around Joe Winder's gradual reawakening from undervalued PR man at the Amazing Kingdom of Thrills to trainee eco-warrior and investigative journalist. Francis X Kingsbury, owner of the Amazing Kingdom, sets his pet Doberman, Pedro Luz, the challenge of getting Joe out of his hair. Luz is on a permanent diet of steroids to enhance his physique - unfortunately, this requires the use of a hospital trolley with intravenous drip, which he carts about everywhere.
The plot is secondary to the wonderful characters and animals of the Amazing kingdom. Orky the whale is an absolute star - unhelpful at the best of times, but God help you if you're wearing green...and a sex-crazed dolphin who doesn't particularly care who it's rogering just as long as it is.
Vintage Hiaasen. Rich, colourful, and full of those moments where you laugh out loud and upset the wife.
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What a great read this book had me hooked from the start, who wouldn't be when a rat is thrown into a  Family of tourists rented Convertible in South Florida.  This happened in the first two pages of the book and draws the reader wright into the story.  
Carl Hiaasen when writing, often uses characters full names which I have never come across.  I liked his writing style and his characters very much. 
 PR Man Joe Wilder, previously a journalist finds himself in grave danger when he starts questioning strange events taking place in and around his place of work.  This  is a crazy, action packed crime con full of surprises and the most interesting of characters.  We have Robbie the Raccoon aiding and assisting Joe Wilder.  An elderly gun wielding female conservations, a couple of inept thieves, a one eyed giant of a man; and these are the good guys.  Include villains you love to hate, a great plot and lots of action.
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Hiassen writes comedic books that look at the relationship between politicians, big business, and their impact on rhe environment.

In this book, a suitably suspicious theme park owner in Florida who models his park after Disney (in a knock-off-cum-wannabe sort of a way), decides to branch out into those condo development that focus on golf courses (or marinas or the like), only to have environmentalists get in his way and attempt to do him down.

Hiaasen's books are cleverly structured and written. I don't think you can read too many in quick succession though because you start developing compassion fatigue about the environment if you're not too careful (and his tendency to bash stereotypes like crooked politicians doesn't help -it can com across as smug, with him bashing an easy target and all).
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