Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
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What to expect
This collection of sharply observed animal-themed tales is a delight, told with David Sedaris’s trademark blend of hilarity and goodnaturedness. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of our own everyday interactions.
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.
So often Sedaris’s phrasing is beautiful in its piquancy and minimalism…His life is extraordinary in so many ways – the drug addiction, the eccentric family, the crazy jobs, the fame, the globetrotting – but one of the more unlikely achievements here is in making it all seem quite ordinary. Ultimately, his masterstroke is in acting as a bystander in his own storyGuardian
He makes me laugh so much. In an era when US satire is outpacing our own he’s a sharp, humane and hilarious voice that never fails to make you smile – and sometimes weep. Apparently effortless humour is difficult, and precious. He’s the real thingRadio Times
A deadpan, darkly comical portrait of the American underbelly . . . Sedaris shares something of [Alan] Bennett’s detached curiosity, and they both have a thirst for amusementMail on Sunday