Monday, November 15, 2010
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.
With original illustrations by Ian Falconer, author of the bestselling Olivia series of children's books, these stories are David Sedaris at his most observant, poignant, and surprising. -- Hachette Audio
I recently listened to HOLIDAYS ON ICE by David Sedaris (my review) and thought it was absolutely, positively hilarious. Of course, there were some parts that I thought were funnier than other ones; but overall, I laughed like a nut. Listening to David Sedaris read his essays is truly a great way to spend my workout time!
Needless to say, I couldn't wait to try another one of Sedaris' audiobooks. I decided to listen to SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK: A MODEST BESTIARY, his newest release. In SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK, Sedaris writes a variety of essays with animals as the main characters. To me, they sounded kind of like updated versions of fables; however, many of the stories took a rather dark turn. Unfortunately, this book didn't have quite the same effect on me as HOLIDAYS ON ICE.
That's not to say that I didn't find some of the stories entertaining, but I just didn't fully appreciate the type of humor in the book. Some of it was morbid and a little gross, and that's just not my thing -- we can chalk it up to my old age. In addition, I was a little disappointed that David Sedaris only read some of the essays. I have nothing against the other readers (in fact, there were quite good). It's just that I love Sedaris' voice and timing, and I wanted more of him!
Despite my misgivings, I will say that parts of this book were so clever and insightful -- more like what I was expecting from David Sedaris. While Sedaris used animals as the main characters in these stories, I couldn't help but notice how "human" they were. These animals exhibited so many of the traits, and yes quirks, of regular people; and these fable-type stories definitely demonstrated some important flaws that exist in human (and animal) behavior.
I do think that there will be a ton of David Sedaris fans out there who will love SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK. I'm just afraid that my humor and intellect weren't quite sophisticated enough to appreciate all of these stories.
Thanks to the publisher for sending me this audiobook.