Friday, May 25, 2012

They Eat Puppies, Don't They?

Dogged. Readers who enjoy topical political satire are those most likely to chuckle through Christopher Buckley’s latest novel, They Eat Puppies, Don’t They? Buckley plucks from the headlines our antipathy about the relationship between the United States and China, the crass behavior of politicians and lobbyists, and imagines each player manipulating others and public opinion. There are key set-ups and funny scenes, but I had the sense that Buckley had to doggedly fill in connecting pieces to make the narrative move along. As a reader, I found myself chuckling now and again, but became a bit bored as I plowed ahead waiting for the action to reach a culmination. In this year’s toxic political environment, this novel provides a relaxing respite and an occasional laugh. Rating: Three-star (Recommended) Click here to purchase They Eat Puppies, Don’t They? from

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