David Sedaris is hilarious. His experiences growing up gay and obsessive compulsive in the South made me laugh out load. His childhod fantasy that he would some day grow up to be a cabaret star with an act consisting of his impression of Billy Holiday singing ads for local car dealerships was so insane that it made me howl and yet, I still believed it. And, amazingly, when he read the story of his music lessons, he sang the ads like Billy Holiday.
But behind the laughter is the reality and sadness that are often present in great comedy. Me Talk Pretty One Day is more than a collection of funny stories. It touches you. It makes you laugh, but you ache for this child whose elementary school thought it could "cure" his homosexuality with speech therapy.
I am no fan of abridged books. But hearing Mr. Sedaris read his own stories more than made up for anything I may have missed. And since he did the reading himself, I assume he collaborated on the process of cutting his work. This book gave me plenty of laughs on my way to work and, having heard this abridged version, I have put the book on my nightstand and plan to read it soon.
This is a wonderful follow up to Rush Limbaugh Is A Big, Fat Idiot And Other Observations. It's wonderful to see Al Franken back at what he does best, using wit and ACTUAL FACTS to expose the level to which our national political discourse has fallen.
But Franken stumbles badly when his humor descends to the level of the people he criticizes. His Vietnam drama parody is tasteless and not worthy of him. Same can be said for the pranks he pulled at Bob Roberts University.
Still an eye opener and a wonderful read. I highly recommend this book.
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