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Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen
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Sep 06, 12

it was ok
Read from August 27 to September 02, 2012

We tend to pickup a Hiaasen comedy about every 18 months as a diversion from our normal “heavier” reading in the mystery and thriller genre. All his books bring the word “farce” to mind, as it’s easy to picture characters like the Three Stooges fitting in perfectly with the author’s plot ideas. As in most of these tales, “Nature Girl” centers around a simple idea – a not totally well-balanced woman is tired of receiving telephone sales pitches during the dinner hour, and when one such call ends in nasty slurs from the caller, she decides to take revenge. Hunting down the caller, she dupes him and his mistress into a free trip to the Florida swamplands if he’ll only listen to a brief pitch about some real estate. What ensues is a trip through the swamps via kayak, with all manner of other zany characters, including a jealous ex-husband, a part-Indian Seminole trying to return to his roots, a detective hired by the pitchman’s wife to get “video” for a divorce, and a bunch of college kids on a lark, all getting involved in the scam, with one character after another outdoing each other in a series of dizzy events. You get the drift.

Somehow this novel just didn’t entertain as much as expected. There were too many characters, too many intertwined (and of course, ridiculous) sub-plots, and just too much bizarre behavior. While parts of the story were for sure hilarious, overall this felt like a comedy routine that had its moments; but in the end, you were tired, and more anxious to get on with the next item on the agenda.

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