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Dave Barry has snakes on the brain

January 28, 2013

Dave Barry talks about his latest novel, 'Insane City,' and why South Florida is so weird

As is widely stipulated, Dave Barry is a very funny guy. He was hysterical when he wrote his nationally syndicated column for the Miami Herald, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988, and is arguably even more droll in his madcap novels set in South Florida. The latest of these, “Insane City” — his first solo fiction in a decade after a best-selling series of Peter Pan tales co-written with Ridley Pearson — features the usual Barryesque panoply of ribald pranksters, addled taxi drivers, gangsters, strippers and pimps. There's also a big wedding coming up, said nuptials potentially interrupted by the arrival of a raft carrying a desperate Haitian refugee and her two children, an orangutan named Trevor and an 11-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom. Hilarity ensues, naturally, although with more than a wisp of serious content hiding in Barry's well-constructed thicket of comedy.

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