- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Twelve; 1 edition (May 8 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446540978
- ISBN-13: 978-0446540971
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 544 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,268,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
They Eat Puppies, Don't They?: A Novel Hardcover – May 8 2012
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PRAISE FOR THEY EAT PUPPIES, DON'T THEY?
"With rising concern about China's military buildup and its economic rivalry with the U.S., perhaps the best course of action is to milk the situation for some laughs. And there are laughs aplenty in Christopher Buckley's sendup.... Creators of great works of satire, such as Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain, don't appear often, but Buckley follows in the footsteps of fellow satirist Tom Wolfe in giving readers a delightful perspective on some of the leading issues and social mores of our times."―Associated Press
"Sun Tzu's Chinese classic, 'The Art of War,' gets quite a workout in Christopher Buckley's latest uproarious political farce, fervently quoted by strivers and schemers in both Beijing and Washington."―The New York Times Book Review
"Buckley is at his searing best.... Buckley knows Washington. He knows satire. He knows Dr. Strangelove and how to ratchet up absurdities. As our antiheroes get closer and the stakes climb, the book mixes outrageousness and plausibility like a dirty martini..... this is a funny book, and there's nothing here to displease the devoted Buckley fan. And perhaps it speaks to his skill with satire that as the world teeters toward war, we find ourselves missing his lobbyist."―The Washington Post
"They Eat Puppies, Don't They? cuts deftly between politburo meetings in China and backroom deals in Washington while skewering D.C. pretensions.... Unlike so many other satirists of Beltway culture, Buckley is both deeply informed and deeply funny."―The Wall Street Journal
"Waggishly amusing... It requires a certain measure of audacity to reward that most whacked of political piñatas, the Washington lobbyist, with his day in the sun. But lobbyists and spin doctors have been good to Buckley (see Thank You for Smoking and Boomsday), who reciprocally accords them a mordant admiration akin to that which David Mamet has lavished upon real estate sharks and card sharps."―San Francisco Chronicle
"A hilarious and page-turning story of political absurdity worthy of Dr. Strangelove himself."―The Daily Beast
"A funny, funny book.... Buckley is that rare combination-a brilliant satirist of the first-order and a laugh-out-loud funny writer. They Eat Puppies, Don't They? is one of his best."―Houston Chronicle
"Sharply hilarious, outrageously fun....Outrageous does not mean implausible, however, and Buckley commands the material so convincingly that the reader stops to ponder if some comic invention wasn't something read in the newspaper last week...They Eat Puppies is smart entertainment, too. And seriously funny."―Cleveland Plain Dealer
"World powers get little respect from Christopher Buckley in his latest novel.... And as the title might suggest, there is a lot of humor to be digested...hilarious....The usual disclaimer describes the book as a 'work of fiction,' and one can only hope there are no exceptions to that."―The Oklahoman
About the Author
Christopher Buckley was born in New York City in 1952. He was educated at Portsmouth Abbey, worked on a Norwegian tramp freighter and graduated cum laude from Yale. At age 24 he was managing editor of Esquire magazine; at 29, chief speechwriter to the Vice President of the United States, George H.W. Bush. He was the founding editor of Forbes FYI magazine (now ForbesLife), where he is now editor-at-large.
He is the author of fifteen books, which have translated into sixteen languages. They include: Steaming To Bamboola, The White House Mess, Wet Work, God Is My Broker, Little Green Men, No Way To Treat a First Lady, Florence of Arabia, Boomsday, Supreme Courtship, Losing Mum And Pup: A Memoir and Thank You For Smoking, which was made into a movie in 2005. Most have been named New York Times Notable Books of the Year.
He has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, New York Magazine, The Washington Monthly, Forbes, Esquire, Vogue,Daily Beast and other publications.
He received the Washington Irving Prize for Literary Excellence and the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He lives in Connecticut.
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The text follows Bird McIntyre, a defense industry lobbyist, who must drum up some anti-China sentiment for his bosses. The plot is more involved than that but this is the basic initial premise. The plot goes off in a quite a few directions from there; most of them fun to follow. A highlight of the text is when some of the characters appear on “Hardball with Chris Matthews”. Those moments where Buckley satirizes what passes for political debate nowadays are hysterical and dead on.
Although I enjoyed “They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?” it is not one of Buckley’s best, and the characters and the humor do start to wear a little thin by the end. The novel feels like Buckley did not know how and where to end it, and the first half is much stronger than the second half.
However, it is a quick and light read and if you don’t expect too much from the book you will enjoy it just fine.
It is a quick read and never a dull moment. Mr. Buckley is in fine form. However, if I were him, I wouldn't visit China anytime soon.