Audie Award Finalist, Humor, 2014
From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist's shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.
©2013 David Sedaris (P)2013 Hachette Audio
"Sedaris is the preeminent humorist of his generation." (Entertainment Weekly)
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.
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.
Humorist, storyteller, caustic self analyst, Sedaris spins the stories of his life. His observations of a seemingly normal experience shows the twisted gift he allows us to share with him. It makes me wonder how many of those incidents pass me by each day; untapped material for a book just slipping through my fingers.
Keep up the good work Mr. Sedaris - it is a gem I will listen to more than once.
Of course it's a plus that David Sedaris performs as much as he reads his essays. And of course it's a plus that they are witty and provocative. The only real down-side is when he touches a sensitive nerve or two, but then I suppose that's what provocative essays are designed to do. The essays at the beginning are much better than those at the end, which were sort of ridiculous. I listened during my commute and was sorry that it only lasted about a week.
I've followed David Sedaris for years and seen him speak twice. Before this book, his recent material included a lot of parables starring animals. They were not to my taste, I was disappointed that his work was heading in that direction. I'm so happy he is back. This book is filled with new yet classic Sedaris material with stories of his travels, his childhood, and his family. This book is a little darker than his past works, it feels a little more raw, but that doesn't make it any less great. I enjoyed this book like getting back in touch with an old friend.
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