Raleigh, N.C. — Author and book reviewer Bob Cairns recently caught up with award-winning humorist and columnist Carl Hiaasen. Hiassen's works include Double Whammy, Skin Tight, Native Tongue and eight national bestsellers: Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, Lucky You, Sick Puppy, Basket Case, Skinny Dip, Nature Girl and, most recently, Star Island. Hiassen shared his favorite older book with Cairns. Here's what he had to say:
"One of the funniest and most twisted novels ever written was CAR, by the late Harry Crews. It’s very short, and one of his early works, but I was blown away when I read it. The plot features a young guy who actually tries to eat a Ford from bumper to bumper as part of an elaborate promotion for a North Florida auto dealership. The car (it’s either a Maverick or a Pinto, I can’t remember) is cut into cubes and lubricated so it can be swallowed, digested and then re-delivered on stage with a rowdy audience in attendance. It’s a beautiful all-American story."
Bob Cairns runs the site "Page Turners from the Past," a website devoted to bringing readers reviews of older books that deserve a good dusting off! His reviews are featured once a month on WRAL.com.