There are probably very few people that don’t consider Hawaii to be “that idyllic place to live in”. Because of the cold winters we have in Romania, I laugh and say that “we, the Badgers are exotic animals and need a warm place to live in” and I always dream of myself lying on a Hawaiian beach. So when I was contacted by a representative from John Hunt Publishing about reading C McGee’s “Feral Chickens: A Hawaiian Comedy” in advance, I was more than thrilled.
Why care about the chickens if you are in Hawaii?
So let me tell a little about the book’s plot. It has as a main character a young woman, named Ingrid, who after winning a considerable sum of money, decides to leave North Dakota and move to Hawaii. To be honest, I cannot blame her. Have you seen the series “Fargo”? I mean, damn…how can a small town like that can have stories live those?
Anyway, Ingrid, who has a drinking issue, discovers soon after moving to Kauai that the island is full of feral chickens and that she and the local “rat-birds” cannot co-exist.
I didn’t even know what the island was like without those clucking, crowing, monstrosities running wild
From this point, the book starts to be funny. With all Ingrid’s evil plans to get rid of all the chickens from the island, to the drinking talk and the description of the obese Yorkie, named “Biggie Smalls”.
The Badger’s thoughts
At first, I didn’t connect with the character, because I couldn’t understand what is all the fuss about some chickens running wild. Soon after, I remembered that my neighbour has the rooster from Hell, that starts “Coco-dooing” at 1 A.M. and it took me more than 2 months to get used to the sound. So I multiplied it only by ten and got the point.
The book is an easy reading, perfect for a holiday or a day at the pool. I liked the fact that is short and doesn’t have useless descriptions or dialogues just to appear to be something other than a comedy. However, it has some small flaws, but all in all, it is relaxing book about an exotic island that you should consider taking with you to the beach (if you have planned your holiday after 31 of August; that is the date of the publishing).