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A quick read but really not very funny. Some things were clever, some were just snide. Can't recommend
This was the first book I read by David Sedaris and it is pee-your-pants funny (yes, that actually happened!). This next bit doesn't sound like a recommendation for the book but there is a section where Sedaris is attempting to be an art student and an artist while stoned on crystal meth. I've never read anything more hilarious in my life. I read it to my art-student daughter, who said it was so close to the reality of art school. If you want a good laugh read anything by Sedaris, particularly this book.
I chose this as the last book selection of the year for my Books & Beer book club and it was to mixed reviews. At the risk of being sexist, most of the members that attended this month were female and I believe, for the most part, David Sedaris' type of humor might be a little more well received by those of us toting around a Y chromosome. That being said, I LOVED it!
I was having a difficult time getting my hands on a copy (I tend to borrow or buy used copies of most books) so I ended up first listening to the audio book. In my opinion, that was the best way to introduce yourself to Sedaris. Dry, almost-monotone, lisp-peppered... his delivery, if you are not familiar with him, brings his essays to life. I also read the digital version but I found I missed Sedaris' narration.
On a bad note: the audio book only appears to come in an abridged version so six of the essays were cut (65 pages or so) from the final product. None of them were among my favorites but I don't do abridged.
Notable essays: Go Carolina, Today's Special, See You Again Yesterday, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Make That a Double, I Pledge Allegiance to the Bag, and Picka Pocketoni.
As a French-as-a-second-language person myself, I loved, and could relate to, every inane French grammar rule Yes, vagina SHOULD be a feminine noun, not a masculine noun. MA VAGINE, not mon vagin! I tried to start a rebellion to have all females retake ownership of their vaginas (but the masculine modifier still prevails.)
Favourite quote (only because puns are my guilty form of pleasure):
David Sedaris on audiobooks: If a person who constantly reads is a bookwork, then I was quickly becoming a tapeworm.
I guess I had too high an expectation for this book since people were talking about how hilarious this book was. Also, t's more than true that people have their own taste of humor. The first 2-3 chapters were fun to read, especially the first one. After a while, I don't know why by I started to find things repetitive and my disappointment made it a real torment to drill through the book.
This book came highly recommended, so, of course, my expectation was really high. I suppose that set the benchmark a little too high, because it didn't seem to be as hilarious as many said it is. That's my opinion though. Everyone has a different idea of what constitutes humor, so others may fall out of their chair laughing.
a book to read in snatches; boring if read straight through
I started reading David Sedaris's short stories since I heard him interviewed on CBC Q. Since then I have been through just about every one of his short story collections. Quick reads, funny, and the human behaviour observations are as entertaining as they are poignant. The occasional story may be a little over the line, but I have rarely picked up one of these books without reading it in one sitting.
In his third collection of autobiographical essays, Sedaris pulls out humorous situations in his life where language played a large role. If you find you enjoy him, look for the audio versions of his work - he (and sometimes his sister, Amy) reads, taking the humor to the next level.
Heard good things about the book, but unfortunately did not wow me. It is shame as I was looking forward to reading. Though the writer did have some interesting stories about his life, his experiences and his personal insights, it just fell flat for me.
This book wasn't as fabulous as Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim, but it's a near thing. As someone who dissects sentences and practices conversations, I heartily enjoyed the subject of this book: communication. And while I do enjoy Sedaris' thoughts on life as a stream of conscious narrative, how he interacts with his family are my favorite stories. and there's great ones in here. From Amy's "good seeing you David, and good luck beating the rape charge!" to Paul's potty mouth that will stick by you through any crisis. Sedaris has a phenomenal talent for making you believe your seeing through his eyes and listening inside his head. It's better than a movie.
I don't laugh out loud very often. It's not that I don't think things are funny, I just seem to laugh inside. However, this book made me actually laugh loud enough for my kids to come running to see what was going on. It's a collection of essays, really easy to read and it's a bit like eating chocolates: I'll just have one more before I have to walk the dog/bath the kids/mow the lawns and before you know it you've read 3 more.
I laughed aloud through parts of this, and was bored to tears at other parts. I guess they are right when they say that humour is a personal perspective.
I was unimpressed. David Sedaris is very funny and has some great anecdotes, but after a few chapters his writing got a little repetitive and boring. His writing completely lacks any degree of structure, and seems more like a compilation of diary entries throughout his life. A quick and amusing read, but not all that memorable.
Very very entertaining. I read most of it in a cafe and couldn't help but laugh out loud and getting a few stares.
A hilarious collection of short stories about the author's life. They come across with such amazing voice, you'd think you're having a conversation with the man himself. I'd suggest even listening to some of his radio appearances where he reads from his stories. It's kind of fun to have his actual voice and comedic timing in mind while reading his work. It's a fun, and at times a strangely meaningful read!
hilarious and clever-- as someone else said, I actually did laugh out loud, and that's rare for me.
One of the very few books I've ever read that has literally made me laugh out loud - and not in a textspeak kind of way.
A great collection of stories that are both comically painful and painfully comedic. Sedaris swings from writing about public pooping and a searingly sarcastic French teacher to drug addiction and nostalgia about family and youth. Definitely a good read that's disarmingly honest as it is to the point, while consistently bringing the reader back around for some laughs.
A bit confused as to why it's in the Young Adult section - it might be easier to relate to for a slightly more mature audience.
This is the first book by David Sedaris that I've read. I thought the essays were all very funny, quirky and thoughtful. The descriptions of his experiences living in France, in particular, made me laugh loud enough to startle my dogs.