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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary | [David Sedaris]

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 David Sedaris (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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    Eva A. Powers 11-25-10 Member Since 2013

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    "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DGM 12-11-12
    DGM 12-11-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Quirky collection"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No, it is what it is.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Makes you think.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jazz discussion at the coffee shop.


    Do you think Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Sedaris humor is what it is. This is on the edge even for him.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily United States 05-01-12
    Emily United States 05-01-12
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    "not what you expect"
    What would have made Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk better?

    if the discription was better


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something less graphic


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk?

    the one about the birds eating bugs from decaying human heads


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BethGi 02-06-12
    BethGi 02-06-12
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    "Sad and awful"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    no one


    Has Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It will make me think twice about David Sedaris, who I previously loved.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    a bit over-dramatized


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had heeded other reviewers who said it was not in the 'expected' Sedaris mode.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Olive 03-25-11
    Olive 03-25-11 Member Since 2012
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    "MOOOOO"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Playa del Rey, CA, United States 03-08-11
    Steve Playa del Rey, CA, United States 03-08-11
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    "Bad, really bad"

    I was a big fan, but this book is really terrible. I didn't laugh once. Very disappointing... and creepy too.

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    Ann rochester, NY, United States 03-06-11
    Ann rochester, NY, United States 03-06-11
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    "Not for the faint of heart..."

    I wanted to like this book, really I did. It was depressing to have David Sedaris project the most distasteful and cruel acts of humans onto animals, robbing each of them of their innate grace and integrity. The book is well written, clever, witty, imaginative, but not terribly funny, unless you really dislike the animal kingdom.

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    Laurie Adamson 02-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "very disappointed"

    The description portrayed an innocent and humorous collection, but in reality the stories are violent and the language is vulgar. It was not the light and witty tone that I expected.

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    Jennifer California 02-16-11
    Jennifer California 02-16-11
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    "Occasionally Gruesome"

    Most of these stories are pleasant little allegories, but the tender-hearted might want to skip the one about the bear and the one about the crow.

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    leighanna Albuquerque,, New Mexico, United States 12-04-10
    leighanna Albuquerque,, New Mexico, United States 12-04-10
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    "Disappointed"

    I LOVE David Sedaris, but I did not laugh once & was bored with almost all of the stories. Sorry, but if it's laughter that you want, try another one of his wonderful books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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