I really enjoyed seeing David in Arizona. Reading his books are one thing. Hearing the words from him, layered with the intent with which they were written, was prodigious. Thank you David. 😄
Do not waste your time on this one. Wow! poor all the way around. Too bad because I was looking forward to some laughter.
As silly and irreverent as ever, this is one of DS's best collections of stories about his endearingly dysfunctional family. It's a classic made even even better by getting to hear it read in his own voice. Every chapter made me laugh out loud. It's not often that I reread or listen to a book more than once. This is one I will enjoy over and over.
Danger!! Don't listen to while driving. You may end up in a ditch from laughing too hard!
This and Holidays on Ice are fantastic!
Yes, one almost has to absorb everything
The entire book
Most all of David's books are great, some humor, some tears and a lot of soul searching
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
No way. As ever this is a performance piece.
Again As with David Sedaris's books I was there. I was in his pocket 'in' France, 'in' the haunted bedroom, 'with' his family.
His picture imagery which is enhanced by his unique voice inflections
Yes. When David was trying to drown the injured mouse and the fashion starved tourist was looking for a 'willage'.
Another 'must read' from David Sedaris. FIVE stars all the way.
Sedaris has a way to bring his audience right into the action. It is masterful how little exposition he gets away with. One professor I had in college described a way to tell the height of craft in a writer by how well they can introduce and describe the being of a character in one sentence. Sedaris uses this throughout, perhaps my favorite was one involving his sister and a dog in a car accident.
Having it read by David Sedaris is a huge plus. He makes it a performance and it's a delight to hear the accents, the emphasis, and the tones as he intended.
It's a perfectly well written book, and maybe it would be funny if I read it and could put my own spin on it in my head (though I really doubt this), but the combination of these very bleak stories -which Sedaris DOES NOT highlight the humor in- and his delivery in reading them just makes the book dark as opposed to darkly funny. I bought it because I was looking for dark humor, instead I just found dark and really, really sad. Do we have any indication from Sedaris that he intended this to be funny? I just can't believe he did. I just wanted to caution others to listen to a sample if you are looking for a laugh because you might not find it here.
The chapters where David Sedaris is reading to a love audience are my favorite -- bringing on the laughs that I've come to associate with him -- and why I purchased this book. Having first heard him on This American Life, I was expecting more self-deprecation to offset some of the cynicism. There is a certain arrogance to his writing, but in front of a love audience, it's more apparent that he is also poking fun at himself. In-studio, though, he comes off as arrogant and superior.
I would prefer an all-live version vs a mix of in-studio and live. His live work sometimes has me laughing so hard tears run down my face. Many of the in-studio chapters of this book, though, just make him seem like a jerk.