by David Sedaris
I didn\’t like this book much. And it\’s not just because I had forgotten how crude Sedaris can be. Despite it\’s small, compact size and the cute cover illustration, these stories are not for children. It\’s a bunch of short stories, \’modern fables\’ Sedaris wrote, with animal characters that act and talk a lot like people. They\’re dark. Unpleasant, wry and snarky. I didn\’t laugh out loud once. Several times I was left scratching my head- expecting just a bit more to wrap up a tale. Especially the last one about the hippo and the owl- I really wanted to know what that exploring gerbil found. The story about the lamb and the crow was disturbing, the one about a mouse with a pet snake overly predictable, the storks arguing about what nonsense to tell their children about where babies come from, kinda lame. There\’s a dying rat in a lab, an Irish setter dog whose mate wonders if he\’s cheating when his owners take him to be bred to other females, a brutal rabbit who wants to safeguard his part of the forest with a ridiculous gate. Makes his point well. It was mildly amusing in an uncomfortable way, but I probably won\’t read this book again. The animals act too much like dissatisfied people, and too many of the stories leave me hanging.
Rating: 2/5 159 pages, 2010
She Treads Softly
a good stopping point
Yeah, this one didn't work for me either.
I generally like Sedaris though I haven;t read this one. too bad it didn't go well. I hope you are on to something better!
Well, I kinda get it now- very belated to realize. Having the animals act like people, just to show us how ridiculous our behavior can be. At the time it really went over my head!