David Sedaris

January 9, 2011 by staff 

David Sedaris, Discover the latest offering from best NPR after the jump! When WordsFinest paused this summer, I found myself again before taking a diatribe on entertainment in my life, so I started a Tumblr to discuss the books I read in my huge amounts of downtime. It has not been used for a bit, as anyone who has made the college / grad school thing knows exactly how long you have to read for pleasure (the answer, paradoxically, is a negative amount of time). But that’s why the Lord gave us breaks, and this weekend, I took the time to give the last book of David Sedaris’ reading. 2 hours later I was done, but had a cramp in my side all the cackling maniacally.

Squirrel Chipmunk seeks is not entirely normal rate Sedaris. Rather than a collection of essays describing the grim particulars of his life, this book is a collection of fables about anthropomorphic animals (with illustrations by Ian Falconer very charming, who also illustrated the series of books for children of Olivia). But do not let the fact that the book is about animals and has illustrations enable you to think this is a book for children. Instead of telling tales about learning to cooperate or sympathize with one another, Sedaris uses his animals simply to add another level of absurdity to date uncomfortable situations. The title itself comes from a story in which a squirrel and a chipmunk trying to find common ground in a romantic relationship, despite the fact that neither family nor friends of the party to approve the other, and they really have nothing in common. What, you thought it would be a collection of happy stories?

Other stories are a story of a stork who is his child where babies come from, then gets into an altercation with his sister about how honesty is much more acceptable with small children. Another detail the history of the breakdown of marriage of two Irish setters after the female has a litter of puppies led by AA bull terrier in the street. Remember when you first discovered that Shel Silverstein was also some adult books and was published in Play Boy back in the day? This kind of book that mimics feeling. Cute illustrations and a narrative style fairy tale-esque offer a hilarious contrast to the vernacular and sometimes very adult situations. I also guarantee that everyone who reads this book will find more than a couple of stories related to it a bit more than they want to admit. I’d go for details, but I do not want to ruin the experience.

So go buy this book. Seriously, this is only about 150 pages, with fairly large type and illustrations, so you cannot even the excuse that you do not have time to read it. Hard core fans may Sedaris not as much of a fix because they hope that this book certainly has its distinctive tone, but is much less depressing than his usual fee. Well, at least in the less depressing that anyone who has read Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim knows he can be. But I digress. The book is still a bit gloomy outlook on human nature, but provided you like your humor a little on the side blackened, and then I guarantee that you will not regret giving this book to read.

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