A guy walks into a bar.
From here, the story could take many turns. A guy walks into a bar and meets the love of his life. A guy walks into a bar and finds no one else is there. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humour and intelligence and leave you deeply moved.
In Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Sedaris remembers his father's dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy. The common thread? Sedaris masterfully turns each episode into a love story: how it feels to be in a relationship where one loves and is loved over many years, what it means to be part of a family, and how it's possible, through all of life's absurdities, to accept oneself.
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"A humorist par excellence, Sedaris can make Woody Allen appear ham-tongued, Oscar Wilde a drag" (Observer)
"The world's finest comic writer" (Independent)
"David Sedaris is a man who could capture your heart and lift your spirits while reading out the ingredients of a rice cake" (Observer)
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A strange little man with a great big talent to observe human nature - and he is not afraid to turn the most critical eye on himself. Love him.
"Funny but sometimes too "politically incorrect""
I would not be able to compare this book with a novel. But I can say that, among the satire books, it rank 3rd.
It is funny and entertaining. Some times though it goes into topics which might touch someone's sensitivity.
He is not the greatest reader but he reads with passion.
"Sedaris at his best"
Intelligent incisive humour
As always, Sedaris' spin on everyday life is uniquely engaging and full of wit. His use of pathos to highlight the humour serves to remind one that real life does have it's ups and downs
His unique voice and characterizations bring to life the characters he has observed
Absolutely..... but I restrict myself to listening to a single chapter and the end of each day as a treat.
If you like intelligent well structured comedy then this book delivers in spades.
"A bit mixed"
I bought this because I had heard bits of the David Sedaris sessions on Radio 4, but it was a little bit mixed. Some parts were funny, some poignant, some nicely quirky, but others were a little bit plain. Glad I used a credit and didn't purchase for full price.
"Self-congratulatory, dull, waffle….."
I’ll admit, once I’d recovered from the initial tedium of his voice the first couple of stories weren’t that bad…… but then it just goes on and on and on and on. I gave up after an hour (yes, I think it was an hour) of Sedaris imagining himself as a white conservative on a gun crime mission due to hearing that gay marriage was legal, which was about as funny as errrr… a white conservative on a gun crime mission due to hearing that gay marriage was legal.
If you want an audiobook equivalent to being stuck on a 7 hour flight next to an aging, bleating, lamenting, smug American who thinks he has a ticket to talk to you because he understands anti Americanism and is desperate to tell you about his ‘hilarious’ life… buy this audiobook, but be advised, you may be tempted to strangle yourself with your headphones in an attempt to end the journey.
"Unfunniest comedian(?) ever"
I downloaded this book to listen to on long weekend runs and I barely manage to prefer it to silence... just to let you calibrate what I DO find funny: Steven Wright, Seinfeld, Louis CK, George Carlin, Dave Chappelle. What I don't find funny: Woody Allen, Al Murray, Michael Mcintyre
This is a book with a joke every two hours. The rest of it is mundane and superficial observations on reality. The author admits to writing up daily what he experienced. That he manages to only describe such plain histories is beyond my understanding. More exciting stuff happens to a network administrator or a four year old child.I have a feeling it may appeal to upper middle class people to whom nothing remotely interesting ever happened, who never had to ponder on the non upper middle class reality and who enjoy simply retelling verbatim what happened to them without any sort of broader picture or abstraction just to hear their own voice.He mentions in his book that his audience at the readings are teenagers. Teenagers, really? People with internet and 4chan and youtube and reddit?!
His delivery is tiresome and plain and so... so... flat. It's as if his antidepressants run out months ago and the only reason he keeps on going is for self-affirmation.
It's quite short.
Don't buy this book for comedy. Buy it if nothing of any interest ever happened to you and actual reality is too overwhelming so you need a gentle primer.
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