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