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.
©2013 David Sedaris (P)2013 Hachette Audio
"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.
"Delightfully funny and Endearing"
The fact that the writer is reading his own stories definitely adds some extra enjoyment.
All of it. It's witty, heartfelt and slightly mean in places. Just how I like people the best.
Erm him! I think he's the best character, but his parents and his sisters sound awesome too.
Laugh all the way.
You have to pay attention to get all the subtile points. Interesting and clever. Funny.
Oh, life would be poorer without the wonderful David Sedaris. He reads and writes SO well and brightens every day
"Very American Humour"
Sarcasm, acquired taste
He portrays the jokes better than you'd read them.
The humorous title
My first book of this nature, I thought I'd try my hand at some american comedy but it wasn't for me!
"Laughed three times ....."
.... as far as I can recall. These short memoirs (though I suspect some are greatly modified to make them more interesting) are amusing rather than funny.
But then humour is in the mind of the beholder.
"David as always Brilliant"
David let's you into some of his life with an easy comedic narrative that is easy to listen to.
I'll definitely listen to more David Sedaris. It was funny, thoughtful, and beautifully put together/directed. I loved the bits of music between essays.
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