I loved his essays written for people who have to memorize and then perform stories.
His tone of voice and expressions really make the stories come to life.
Yes, a Sedaris fan or other socially liberal person will love this book. Sedaris uses his sharp wit to roast social conservatives in many essays (which is delicious!). Passive-agressive? Give this book to your conservative friends and family.Sedaris continues down a path toward more serious, darker work. Funny topics in earlier essays about drug addiction, death, etc. have led to rather sad and disturbing parables (i.e. "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk") and this most recent work continues on that path. Certainly, some essays are on the surface just plain funny, but there is a more serious undercurrent and depth that Sedaris had added to this collection.
It's great to listen to Sedaris read his own work. This book, like all of his work are personal essays which lean toward social commentary. Like "Me Talk Pretty One Day" focused on David's life in France, this book focuses on David's life in England and on the road. He's no longer an every-man: cleaning apartments, working construction, attending school, doing drugs, etc., and I think his new life as a successful writer may turn-away some fans. He remains, however, very much himself. Extremely entertaining, thoughtful, witty, and (despite his own opinion of himself) very likable.
I don't recommend this book to readers of Sadaris' previous books. Though some stories are as entertaining as his previous ones, overall these are darker and just not funny.
The chapter on learning other languages.
Found this book entertaining - good worldly humouor. I found this an amusing piece of writing.
Really? It was unique!
I liked that the author read his own book as it added so much character to the writings.
Bohemian Bon Vivant
I've listened to all of David Sedaris' books and would listen to this one even knowing what I know now, but compared to the others, this really seemed phoned in, as if Mr. Sedaris wasn't inspired in the least and was simply writing/compiling to meet a contractual obligation. This, along with Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, is the least interesting of what Mr. Sedaris has written to date.
Yes, of course, always. It was just limited by the material he was relaying this time.
Well I'm certainly looking forward to Mr. Sedaris next book, despite this rare miss. He's generally great fun, witty, clever, and insightful.
For the people here complaining in comments about sexual content, I don't get it. What are they talking about? Their only issue is that it's written by a gay man who is open about who he is and they aren't comfortable with that. If there's a graphic sex scene ANYWHERE in this I must have slept through it.
As usual David Sedaris did not let us down. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls was very funny and kept our interest. We listened to it as we traveled on vacation. My partner and I loved it.
I always enjoy David Sedaris, but I'll have to admit with this offering there was much material I'd already read or had experienced at his live shows. There are some new offerings towards the end that are pretty hilarious, but other than that I'd already heard most of it before.
I am a big David Sedaris fan, but this wasn't my favorite book of his. There were a few laugh out loud moments, just not as many as usual. I still think it is worth a listen.
Some of the Chapters were very creative and funny.
It's almost dry witty stand up, sometimes it's funny.
No. It's arbitrary.
He's screwed up, but he spends most of his time making fun of other people.
Since taking my first creative writing class in 2008 the pleasure I used to get from reading has been greatly reduced. I notice things I never noticed before. That said, I think I rate books pretty generously. Anyone who actually manages to write a whole book and then get it published deserves an extra star.
Typical David Sedaris: Honest, irreverent, touching and crude with lots of laugh-out-loud moments, read the way it was meant to be read. Thoroughly enjoyable.