Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.
In "The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck", three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In "Hello Kitty", a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In "The Squirrel and the Chipmunk", a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members.
Once again David Sedaris shows us the most outrageous, tender, absurd sides of ourselves in his "profoundly funny, well-crafted stories that somehow, magically, bring home a major point about fidelity or guilt or love...." (Christian Science Monitor).
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
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I love David Sedaris and knew coming into this book that it was dark. But some of the stories haunt me. I just can't seem to make myself finish it. Perhaps someday when I feel my cheeriness can counteract the dark.
Sedaris has written far better books than this. His humor came across, but was blunted and made silly by the odd anthropomorphic characters. The lack of depth in the characters was also a problem for me. Overall, it's not a terrible book, but compared to his previous work, this was a dud to me.
I'm a fan of David Sedaris, but I wish I hadn't listened to this. I actually still feel sick when I think about the stories, and I listened 4 weeks ago. I have deleted this from my library.
This contains excessive hatred and graphic violence. This book makes stories of pulling the wings off of flies for fun VERY tame by comparison. DO not buy this book. Do not subject your children to it. I have thought about relaying a scene or two for you to get the idea but I cant think of a scene from this book that I would wish to have imprinted in your mind. If there was a point to any of the imagry here that would be one thing, but the only point seems to be the author getting off on putting disturbing imagry in your mind. That to me seems sociopathic.
Unpleasant, even sadistic-sad use of animals. I expected to be educated or uplifted. Instead it was depressing. Actually I stopped listening after the fifth allegory.
No, it is what it is.
Makes you think.
Jazz discussion at the coffee shop.
Sedaris humor is what it is. This is on the edge even for him.
if the discription was better
something less graphic
the one about the birds eating bugs from decaying human heads
It will make me think twice about David Sedaris, who I previously loved.
a bit over-dramatized
pretty much all of it (as far as I listened) -- it was just a very grim, sad set of vignettes that should not have been published. Not funny, not insightful -- just made me want to weep.
When I reached the tale about the dancing bears, I could stand it no more. I finally just turned it off.
I wish I had heeded other reviewers who said it was not in the 'expected' Sedaris mode.
I usually love David Sedaris, but this was a little weird dark. I do have to admit I really enjoyed the perspective from animals. I also liked the other narrators. Howeve , I would not waste a credit on it.
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