Nature Girl (Magill's Literary Annual 2007)
Carl Hiaasen introduces a host of odd characters in Nature Girl while following his well-established humorously satirical style of writing about the destruction of nature in his native Florida and condemning the contributing roles of builders, developers, politicians, and uncaring individuals. His concern about nature started during his childhood and led to his becoming an investigative reporter. His riotously funny fictional characters border on the absurd while being not too far off the mark as caricatures of real people with attributes such as bipolar disorder, greed, lust, and stupidity. His adult novels have a predilection toward strong-willed, sexy, wacky women paired with men who are losers, although there is always a hero-type male thrown into the mix.
Nature Girl met with general enthusiasm from Hiaasen’s fans but a bit of gentle criticism from professional reviewers. Janet Maslin of The New York Times, in a review for the International Herald Tribune, wrote, “The arrival of each of his new novels makes the world a slightly happier place” but in Nature Girl,once he has stocked the book’s swampy setting with amusing oddballs, something funny happens: nothing. Though he is never short of articulate and crisp dialogue, and though his deft word choices are part of the pleasure of reading him,...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 2007)
Booklist 103, no. 7 (December 1, 2006): 5.
Entertainment Weekly, no. 907 (November 17, 2006): 131.
Kirkus Reviews 74, no. 18 (September 15, 2006): 924.
The New York Times 156 (November 16, 2006): E1-E8.
The New York Times Book Review 156 (December 3, 2006): 10.
Publishers Weekly 253, no. 37 (September 18, 2006) 32.
San Francisco Chronicle, November 5, 2006, p. M2.
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