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They Eat Puppies, Don't They? by Christopher Buckley
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May 02, 2012

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The clever Mr. Buckley is back with another one of his satiric novels, this one dealing with the hawks in the defense industry and their desire to scapegoat China. But, as often happens with satire, this work descends into mockery at more than one point and it hurts the humorous passages. At one section he seems to forget he's writing a novel and spends several paragraphs explaining a bit of coinage, as if you're reading one of his Daily Beast columns. And when he does elicit emotions in his characters like sadness or regret it is rarely believable. They are too worldly and cynical for that.

With those negatives out of the way, Buckley still has the charm and erudition to satisfy readers and admirers of his previous works. The laughs may be fewer but even a mediocre turn of his is funnier than the best efforts of others.
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