Humorous, witty, and at times both ridiculous and touching at the same time. I found it hard to relate to the author's experience of extreme ostracism from virtually all friend and family. This coupled with the author's reflexive defense-mechanism of poking fun at himself, makes me unsure exactly when to laugh and when to cry (and not in a good Andy Kaufman-esque way either). All in all, I applaud the author's attempt to overcome his childhood, but in the end, one can only come to conclusion that he's got serious issues that probably will never be worked out.
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I am not a professional book reviewer. I can only give you my opinion on this book. I am average and ordinary human being. I was a bit irritated with this book. I find humor in almost anything. I laugh at everything from todays sitcoms to Monty Python to Kids in the Hall. With that said. I did not see the humor in this book. The book is just an autobiographical jumble of stories about a gay young man from the south. While it has it's good qualities. It showed how pathetic, unhappy and angry David was growing up. It showed his vulnerability and his pain. What it didn't do for me was make me laugh.
I read review after review and maybe I am not much of a satyrist but this was so boring! He is not funny at all...I would first urge and beg you to listen to Audible's free sample because this was a real waste. Sorry.
I purchased this book at the recommendation of a friend. I was sorely disappointed. The stand-up clips were fabulous, but the story line was disjointed and abrasive. I'd look elsewhere.
Not sure what the attraction to David Sedaris is. This was my first exposure to him and I was not impressed at all. At most times in my morning commute I wanted to turn this book off and go back to Am radio sports talk. I found this book very hard to get through and finished it just for the sake of it. I wanted to give him every chance to grab my attention. It never happened. Don't waste your time or money on this one.
Judging by other reviews, it seems a lot of people are really into this kind of "humor" and find it funny, but it just made me sad. It's dark humor about a kid more or less surviving his childhood as a ridiculed misfit. I didn't finish the book, it was too depressing, so maybe there's some redemption in the end that I don't know about. But it wasn't for me.
I find myself laughing out loud in sort of a snort and chortle way... completely unexpected. This book takes you on a wild and wonderfully colorful journey through this bizarre author's life/mind/family. I absolutely LOVE this book and HIGHLY recommend it.
It was recommended to me a few years ago by my very intelligent and highly evolved daughter (she's single and gorgeous if anyone is interested!) My only regret (about this book, not about life in general) is that I waited so long to get it. I am seriously looking forward to reading the rest of his works. YOU'LL LOVE IT.
Hoot this book she was. David is funny from the first line to the last making fun of conventions of acceptable speach. Fun listen.
This was a good and LIGHT read between Friedman's World is Flat and Roberts' History of the World. This was short and sweet, but lacked any sort of point. This is not a story, rather a collection of humorous events in the author's life (not sure how true the anecdotes are).