"In his latest collection, Sedaris has found his heart. This is not to suggest that the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and other best-selling books has lost his edge. The 27 essays here include his best and funniest writing yet....What emerges is the deepest kind of humor, the human comedy." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Sedaris is a careful writer, with a no-muss, no-fuss style that rarely misfires." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Sedaris' piquant essays are as meticulously honed and precisely timed as the best stand-up comic routines, which is, of course, what they are....Sedaris, openly gay, nervy as a tightrope walker, sharply hilarious, teasingly misanthropic yet genuinely compassionate, has a unique ability to supply exactly the right details to bring every funny, awkward, ludicrous, painful, horrible real-life moment into harrowingly crisp focus....He is mesmerizing." ( Booklist)
"Sedaris has a satirical brazenness that holds up next to Mark Twain and Nathanael West." ( The New Yorker)
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By Kaggy on 06-08-16
Outstandingly sad, funny and bitchy family life
I had never read anything by David Sedaris before this and imagined he would be a sort of angry young man railing against modern life etc. Instead I found his stories of his large and characterful family much more of a gentle and dare I say heart-warming experience. Certainly he doesn't shirk from portraying people as they really are. For example the tragedy of a sister who struggles with mental illness and who is openly hostile when her brother pays a visit, a neglected child who is also a miniature demon and a mother whose drinking habits make her behaviour erratic and a danger to her children, but overall there is warmth, humour and understanding in his writing. The section about his brother's wedding is comic heaven (including the 'thing' his brother trains his Great Dane to do) and by marrying into this family, his sister-in-law must be one of the most tolerant women on earth. I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s reading of this wonderful collection of snippets from his family life and will most definitely be listening to more.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Reluctant Mermaid on 21-09-14
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
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His ability to focus on his own (self-perceived) failings, his bitterness, his humour, his sarcasm and his wit make David Sedaris one of the best "listens" available. Love him.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Nicole on 28-10-10
Touching, if not always funny
This is classic David Sedaris. While there were only a couple of stories that did have me laughing out loud, those were the ones he does live with an audience, all of the stories told are touching, authentic, quirky, and at least put-a-smile-on-your-face amusing. While I can't quite rave about this audio book I certainly enjoyed it and would recommend it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 13-11-17
This was a new kind of comedy for me, yet it seemed strangly familiar to real life.