I'm a big fan of David's and I love most of this book. The personal essays were great- the usual- humorous and insightful. What I didn't like were the last few stories which are fictional. I thought he crossed over the line between dark humor and just taking it a bit too far. But overall I would definitely recommend this book.
Harm None, Love All
A little dark but still great. I love the dark stuff as well. And I love the fact that he narrates all of his work.. very entertaining to see at a live read. A must see if he comes around your area.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
Most people first heard of Sedaris on NPR. His Santa Land Diaries was read every year around Christmas for a while. It is by far his funniest yet. After that I liked Dress Your Family in Corduroy. When you are Engulfed in Flames got a little too gay sex in bed descriptive for me and my wife. She turned it off and said no more. I listened to the rest of it by myself. Some very funny moments, but I was not liking the gay sex.
You want to know about this book. This one totally bummed me out. It is in sections and there is one section which is a live performance and it was LOL. The rest of the book is extremely sad. He really did not get along well with his parents and that comes out big time. I now know why Audible, put this down as Bio and not Comedy. If you are looking for a sad bio, this is for you. If you are looking for laughs, try some of his other works.
Having said that, Sedaris, just seems like a good friend and I feel guilty not giving him a great review. You will feel bad for him as he goes through this.
The narrator is Sedaris and no one narrates their own work better then he does, including Carlin, of whom I am a big fan.
Understated hilarity. Sedaris is absolutely this generations's best storyteller. As I writer, he's at the top of my "inspiration" list.
If you are already not part of the David Sedaris cult don't start here. You need a feel for David and this book just jumps right in to full Sedaritopolis. Try Me Talk Pretty One Day or When You Are Engulfed in Flames first then return. It's a good book but I think it's more of a third date then a first but despite the lack of lubrication more than sufficiently enjoyable.
It's always great reading or listening to David sedaris/I have listened to so many audiobooks that when I read him I can hear his voice. He has such a fabulous twisted snarky take on life.
Although I gave this book 3 stars, I would read and or listen to another David Sedaris book. Just not anytime soon.
I loved LOVED his live recordings. Those were just hilarious. I think the delivery in a performance setting is much better than just reading the essays in this book.
Sometimes this book was just plain sad. I was really expecting a funny, humorous essay after another. What I found was that while some of the topics were really sad, sometimes funny things happened. Other times I found it down right depressing. Like I said, I was looking for funny - all through the novel. That is just not what you here.
Love the wittiness of narrator and how he told the stories. Something to casually hear through the day and brighten your mood. 100% exceed my expectations on the book.