Author of Kindertransport
Really fing funny!
This one ranks among ".. Corduroy and Denim" and "Me Talk Pretty One Day."
Listening to Sedaris narrate his own stories is as pleasant and true as listening to Tina Fey at "Bossypants" and Jennifer Lawson at "Let's Pretend..."
I am a big fan of Sedaris. This book is less biting as previous ones, but no less hilarious.
I'm guessing this wasn't the strongest Sedaris book I could've started with, having not read any of his other titles. He seems to be at his best when he's talking about topics either unabashedly gross or wildly uncouth (e.g., severed limbs, colonoscopies, etc.), much like he was on David Letterman however many years ago when describing his book tour exploits with the Stadium Pal (which also happened to be the first time I was exposed to his style of writing and humor). There are plenty of strong moments here but also some duds.
While I'd come back for another book of his--even his lows are markedly higher than the highs of other writers in this genre--it probably won't be for a while, and I'll ask around a bit more for the best of the best.
Recommended for those already a fan of David, but newcomers might want to look to his earlier work.
N/A. (This was my first.)
David's wit and charm come through as he reads, even if some of the subject matter isn't quite as strong as it could be.
Mostly, though some of the chapters didn't resonate with me as much as I was hoping them to.
Not in a million years
What genre is this s**t anyway?
The pain ended when I stopped listening to it.
I would recommend people check out Davi'd's earlier books such as 'How to Dress your Family..." 'Holidays on Ice' 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' as those are hysterical, insightful, charming, interesting.
I love hearing David voice his own stories, he is a great narrator for himself.
no - this book gave me no overwhelming feels as most of his other books have.
I was let down by this book sadly. I will however, still read/listen to everything David Sedaris writes! He is amazing!
As the author begins the unavoidable transition from expounding on the indignities of an idiosyncratic guy making his way in the world most of us continue to endure, the stories have for me lost much of their humor and charm
After listening to this latest release I felt regret that I knew I would be disappointed as I had begun to sense the trajectory of his work would be like listening to a chronicle of the life of Elton John and David Furnish traveling and performing across the globe while attempting to mine humor using the same perspective he held while cleaning houses and playing an elf at Macy's. Much has been lost in translation.
Stay away from politics.
Whenever I hear his voice mostly on NPR I find a nostalgic anticipation for a good laugh. Lately however I find myself more bemused then amused.
I teach philosophy in Maine.
Likely not. I'm a fan, don't get me wrong. But his first few books seemed more authentic since they dealt with his early life. As he has become more famous and more insulated from the ordinary world, the stories seem to come from a point of privilege.
No -- I think it would result in a bad sitcom.
His chapters on the difficulties of living abroad and speaking another language are priceless.
Yes, I have but with the caveat that they might want to skip the chapters on Sedaris' depressing family history.
Usually I don't like authors who read their own work but Sedaris' wry voice adds to the hilarity.
The chapter on going to the dentist and the doctor in France was worth listening to many times.
I had heard that David's books were hilarious and funny, but maybe I just don't understand his humor. The collection of essays was somewhat interesting at times but I wish I hadn't spent a credit on it. Maybe borrow it from a friend or local library.
The sections where he's reading to an audience are funnier than the studio recordings, maybe because that was when I could hear that I was supposed to be laughing.
Not in my mind.
It's one of David Sedaris' best books. It reminds me of his earlier work, like Me Talk Pretty One Day. Funny, touching and well presented.
The Dog Poems are hilarious, and the first story is a lovely combination of his fine humor and his love for a twist in the story line.
Yes, and it's up there with his best.