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Hardcover Paradise Screwed: Selected Columns of Carl Hiaasen Book

ISBN: 0399147918

ISBN13: 9780399147913

Paradise Screwed: Selected Columns of Carl Hiaasen

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"Takes readers on a head-shaking romp through a south Florida that they won't find in any tourist brochure. . . . Hiaasen's writing is fearless and the targets endless: politicians, municipal... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Paradise Screwed by Carl Hiaasen

My husband got this book from the library and all I heard was him laughing while he read it. We bought it for my daughter who lives in Florida and is an environmental science teacher. Before giving it to her during a recent visit, I had to read it. I too laughed like crazy. Carl has a way of putting all the bad stuff people have done to the state of Florida in a humorous manner but gets his point across at the same time.

Even Better Than His Best Novels

I wish I could say I was a rabid Carl Hiaasen fan like a lot of people who seem to love all of his novels, because I love to read and love good writing, and Hiaasen's writing style is always excellent. I loved "Tourist Season", "Sick Puppy", and "Stormy Weather", but thought that he was pushing it a little in some of his other novels like "Lucky You" and "Native Tongue" where the plots were, at least in my opinion a little contrived. So when I got this book, which is a collection of his newspaper articles for the Miami Herald, I wasn't sure what I was going to think about it. It's excellent! I thought his best novels were very good but his true calling is his work as a reporter. The articles are meaningful in the way that he exposes corruption and the destruction of Florida's natural resources, but they're written with a great sarcastic wit. I know a little about South Florida politics and environmental issues, because we always vacation in Key West and you get the news on television from Miami, but you don't need to in order to enjoy this book tremendously. There are too many great articles in this collection to name them all, but the one about the "Incredible Shrinking Palm Trees" in particular is one of the funniest things I've ever read. This book is better than even his best novels, and the shame of it is that all of it is [unfortunately] true.

A crusader with a sense of humour

I love this man's writing! I started with his fiction and having devoured all there was of that at the time I stumbled on his first book of Miami Herald columns. I bought Paradise Screwed as soon as it was out.The really exciting thing about Carl is that he takes on the corruption and the sleaze and the bizarre goings on in Florida and makes people aware of them through witty yet hard hitting writing. He isn't afraid to make waves and when you read this book you will begin to wonder about the greasing of the wheels in State politics.He is passionate about his home state and what is happening to it and as a visitor to Florida on more than one occassion, he has really made me think about the affects of inconsiderate development and tourism.But even if you aren't keen on any of that, the columns are clever and well written, so it's well worth the read.

What Michael Moore is to the nation, Hiaasen is to Florida

Another collection of "baseball-bat-to-the-forehead" columns in a similar writing style as Moore. Both men use biting satire and their wicked wit to tell you what they think, and are unafraid in doing so. Hiaasen is even more impressive I think because his substantive job is still journalism and yet he can find humor in real people and events as easily as in fiction. These columns are a selection from over the last 20 years of events in South Florida. You don't have to go back any further than 2 years to Elian Gonzalez and the 2000 presidential election to know that there's enough grist-for-the-mill here to fill much more than one book on these two topics alone. Nevertheless Hiaasen reins himself in and spreads his verbal darts around. Topics covered include "Mayor loco", the soon-to-be-gone Marlins, Chads (not a person, those bits of paper, remember?) Dolphins (both the team and the ones that frequently drown offshore), Race Riots, a con artist doctor and a pet-hating extortionist. That's the more exotic stuff. Then there's the normal South Florida fare of crooked politicians, stupid state officials, assorted mobsters and mafia, drugs, guns, and general mayhem and madness. As Hiaasen said in a recent interview "all the paths of slime and disreputability seem to lead here."The man is a Florida treasure and for those of us who live through what he writes about his humor is a saving grace. Very few of us can express it the way he does so he is our voice of reason saying yes, it's PARADISE SCREWED allright, but we're still alive we can laugh about it.

More Greatness from the Mencken of Greater Miami

I think that the previous customer review misses the point of this collection. Its predecessor, KICK ASS, was mostly intended to showcase Hiaasen's brilliance of style. PARADISE SCREWED is not aiming to be KICK ASS, PART TWO; it's not a gathering of columns that did not make the cut for the first volume. Instead, it expands outward to focus on issues. Its purpose is entirely different (as is evident from the title), and so is the principle of selection. The writing itself, though, is as biting and as crucial as that in the first collection. Both books are vital and essential.
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