©2004 David Sedaris; (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks
"In his latest collection, Sedaris has found his heart. This is not to suggest that the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and other best-selling books has lost his edge. The 27 essays here include his best and funniest writing yet....What emerges is the deepest kind of humor, the human comedy." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sedaris is a careful writer, with a no-muss, no-fuss style that rarely misfires." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Sedaris' piquant essays are as meticulously honed and precisely timed as the best stand-up comic routines, which is, of course, what they are....Sedaris, openly gay, nervy as a tightrope walker, sharply hilarious, teasingly misanthropic yet genuinely compassionate, has a unique ability to supply exactly the right details to bring every funny, awkward, ludicrous, painful, horrible real-life moment into harrowingly crisp focus....He is mesmerizing." (Booklist)
"Sedaris has a satirical brazenness that holds up next to Mark Twain and Nathanael West." (The New Yorker)
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
If you're unfamiliar w/David Sedaris, start with this or any of his books. He writes in a simple prose essay format with humor sprinkled throughout. Everyday familial situations become hilarious stories and I can only imagine his family dodging his calls and visits less they end up as foddor for his writing.
In this collection, he introduces his redneck brother, Rooster; the sly mother returns; his practical, pragmatic father weighs in; and we hear more about his rebellious sister and her unkempt, breezy lifestyle. Of course he shares insights on his relationship w/Hugh. You'll laugh throughout and even feel a little sad at how he can encapsulate moments of pure clarity at the unfairness of life. A must read if you enjoy humorous prose.
He finds what is funny and what is sad about life right now. He reads the book himself and his delivery doubles the experience as compared to the printed version.
He's got the strangest life and family and I recognize a little of my own life and feelings in his stories.
The best thing I can say about this book is that I laughed until I ruptured something.
If you haven't discovered David Sedaris yet, do yourself a favor and get this book and every other book of his you can get your hands on.
I blew through this book in several days because I was addicted to the belly laughs. In fact, I listened to this book while running, which provoked more than a few suspicious glances, as I would occasionally have to stop and grab my knees in spasms of laughter. My favorite parts are when Sedaris reads his material in front of a live audience; he plays up the timing and the voices. Also, the piece about his brother is unbelievable. You really have to hear it (not read it) to get the full effect. Wait for the bit about the "watery coffee," -- you'll see what I mean.
I loved the warmth, darkness, edge and hilarity of these stories. Mr. Sedaris is incredibly skilled as a comedian and a writer.Can't wait for more!
David Sedaris has refreshing humor that is only made better with his personal readings of his work. My favorite selections are the ones that were recorded with a live audience, but they are all hilarious. It is easy to listen to all at once or in pieces, since it is a collection of stories.
OMIWORD. I can't even tell you how many times I laughed out loud listening to this book. Once I had pull the car over because the laughter just got the best of me. There are many vignettes and I think a listener/reader could find something to identify with in each of them. A wildly entertaining listen! I would recommend it to everyone.
This is a collection of short stories read by the author, mostly about his some what disfuctional family. If you liked Sedaris' last book, "Me Talk Pretty One Day", you will certainly like his new audible selection "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim". David's narration may turn off some listeners, but I find it enhances his stories and makes them funnier. If you're new to Sedaris, check out the audio sample before your purchase. One minor complaint is that several stories (example: "six to eight black men") were taken from previous books of his. Still enjoyable none the less.
David Sedaris has produced another collection of essays and collected them in "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim." For me, Sedaris was an acquired taste and this volume is the most enjoyable for me. It seems lighter and funnier than Engulfed in Flames which I found a little dark.
In this volume Sedaris sensitively tells about his family, early experiences, and quirks of family members. Some passages will leave you laughing out loud. The writng will catch you off guard and carry you to places you have never known possible. The reading is worthy of the book.
First, I must tell you that I have been a huge David Sedaris fan since he started on This American Life. But I agree with the previous reviewer who said that his reading of this book lacks the sparkle of his live and radio presentations. The same stories that had me bent over laughing during the Carnegie Hall recording came across as flat and serious. If you have not heard David Sedaris before, definetly download "Live from Carnegie Hall" or "Me Talk Pretty One Day".
The audio quality on this is not terrible, but not great, either. The chapters have low-budget music between them, which I found both annoying and laughable. Sedaris reads most of the book as though he is doing it just to get it over with - not at all the same fervor as his live or "This American Life" performances. Even still, he is funny, though this book ranks below "Me Talk Pretty One Day" in the humor category.
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