The owl says, “It’s not just that they’re stupid, my family – that, I could forgive. It’s that they’re actively against knowledge…” I had to laugh out loud. I had to quote this on Facebook. The funny thing – and the brilliant thing, of course – here is that you almost forget that you are reading about animals.
I love the story called “The Toad, The Turtle, and The Duck.” The way the story builds and builds and then suddenly turns gear… it’s awesome. So good.
What is the beauty of Sedaris? According to Christian Lander and his “Stuff White People Like”:
“His stuff is kind of funny, but white people go crazy and will pay hundreds of dollars to hear him read from his own book. Let me say that again, they will pay money to see someone read from a book they have already read. They know the jokes are coming, they know the punch lines, but they feel the need to hear the author actually say it.”
Yes, that’s how good he is. And this book does not disappoint his fans. Although Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk seems to be very different from his other works which are stories about his own life and his family, it’s really not that different. It’s still about the absurdity of life, about the raw joy and pain of life, and about just how awesomely ridiculous some people are – and his works also remind us how this very fact of life makes it all the more interesting, worth living, and worth reading about…
Read it. Love it. Laugh with David Sedaris.