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Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls [Kindle Edition]

David Sedaris
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A guy walks into a bar . . .

From here the story could take many turns. A guy walks into a bar and meets the love of his life. A guy walks into a bar and finds no one else is there. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless. In Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Sedaris delights with twists of humour and intelligence, remembering his father's dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants) his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant) and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered pygmy. By turns hilarious and moving, David Sedaris masterfully looks at life's absurdities as he takes us on adventures that are not to be forgotten.

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A dazzling collection (Mail on Sunday)

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A new roundup of personal essays from the No. 1 bestselling writer Time named America's Favourite Humorist.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 370 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 034912163X
  • Publisher: Abacus (23 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SS99NO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Sedaris lives in Paris. Raised in North Carolina, he has worked as a housecleaner and most famously, as a part-time elf for Macy's. Several of his plays have been produced, and he is a regular contributor to ESQUIRE and Public Radio International's 'This American Life'.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Sedaris Hits it Out of the Park !! 22 April 2013
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Sock Rockingly Good. Mr Sedaris may not view himself as a sportsman but he hits it out of the park with his latest book.

There is something about a Sedaris which has one getting comfy in ones chair and settling down to finish it in one sitting. Cups of tea grow cold as one just enjoys.

There is always an element of the grotesque to Sedaris stories. However, in this latest book the lens which Sedaris turns on humanity is in rather softer focus. This is not to say that Sedaris has lost his edge but rather that he has gained an appreciation of charm.

A must buy.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Entertainment 24 May 2013
By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
David Sedaris is a best-selling humorist, essayist and story teller. This collection of 26 pieces include 6 that are fictional and are less successful than the hilarity contained in his observational accounts. The absurdities of life on his travels features planes, trains and cabs. Experiences with dentists, taxidermists, litter, a visit to a zoo, drunkenness, a drug accompanied colonoscopy are amusing examples of his subject matter given the Sedaris treatment with touches of rudeness and exaggeration.

Everyday common events are viewed with his personal self-deprecating approach that inevitably provokes laughter. His autobiographical perspectives on his childhood in North Carolina are not shirked nor are less than affectionate references to his family;father in particular is targetted in almost vengeful terms. These are often appropriate, comical and poignant.

This is a book full of stories that can raise a laugh and chuckle on repeat readings as well as aspects of his humour missed on first encounter. Very funny and recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sheer exscellence! 10 May 2013
By Mithras
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I first heard David Sedaris on BBC Radio 4 about 2 years back. I have yet to hear, in this millennium, anyone funnier. I love his work. This book is pure genius, as are his earlier publications. More please!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine collection of humorous essays and monologues 16 Aug. 2014
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
This collection of 19 essays and six monologues contains some material familiar to those who listen to David Sedaris's successful Radio 4 show, although there was much here that was new to me. I found the collection a little slow to get going and didn't enjoy the earlier pieces as much as I did the latter ones, while the targets of some of the monologues (specifically included as he'd met a number of teenagers looking for pieces to perform for school) a little too broad for me to really enjoy the humour. That said there were some essays where I genuinely laughed out loud (particularly one where Sedaris finds himself on the verge of buying the skeleton of a murdered pygmy and one where he succumbs to his father's demand that he get a colonoscopy) and I've always enjoyed Sedaris's willingness to reveal his own foibles and shallowness. For that reason, I will pick up his back catalogue as I eagerly await his next collection.

Of the monologues, my favourite was JUST A QUICK EMAIL, which I'd previously heard Sedaris perform on radio but still had me in stitches. It's a thank you note for a wedding gift of vouchers for 2 free pizzas but the way Sedaris slowly draws out the background to it is exquisitely done and has a great punchline. By contrast, I BREAK FOR TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE and IF I RULED THE WORLD are a bit herring-in-a-barrel for someone of Sedaris's talents - each involves a right-wing Christian protagonist objecting to liberal policies on gay marriage, abortion etc and I didn't really see the satire in picking on such easy targets.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me laugh out loud! 13 Dec. 2013
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It's not uniformly funny all the way through, but when he hits the mark he is so hilarious you don't mind all the misses along the way. My favourite was when he goes to a taxidermist who sees into his dark soul - laugh out loud funny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant! 21 May 2013
By Steph
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I love David Sedaris' writing. I find myself re-reading his books and ending up liking bits that I wasn't particularly keen on to start with. I absolutely love 'When you are engulfed in flames', but when I first read it I didn't think it was as good as his other work. Now it is my favourite by far. I think the same will happen with this collection of stories. To my mind there is just no one above him! His outlook is just amazing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit bitter 30 Dec. 2013
By MaryAnn
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I love David Sedaris. I listen to him on the radio and have read most of his books. I have to say, however, that this one seems a bit more angry than usual. Upon reading it, rather than being cross, I just found myself worrying whether he's okay or not. I suppose that's what fans do. Anyway, not one of his best if you're coming to him for the first time. Me Talk Pretty One Day may be a better place to start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Patchy but enjoyable 14 Feb. 2014
By Eleanor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" is David Sedaris's latest collection of short humorous essays. Subjects include taxidermy, his aimless youth, language-learning courses, his new home in England, and diary-keeping. This is an enjoyable read, and there are examples of tenderness and laugh-out-loud moments; but things seemed a bit more subdued than in other volumes and, as another reviewer has mentioned, sometimes bitter. Interspersed with the observational pieces are a number of short monologues in which Sedaris adopts various repugnant right-wing and/or sociopathic personas. These are intended to be funny (maybe insightful?), but they leave a bit of a nasty taste.

[I was given a free download of this book by the publishers for review.]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sublime and strange
I have been a fan of David Sedaris' writing ever since I read Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim a number of years ago. This was another enjoyable read. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Laura J
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 6 days ago by Rolly
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended.
Strong prose writing - which is an important detail given Sedaris probably now writes as much for the spoken word audience as the page. Read more
Published 7 days ago by DotingDad
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great item and great service
Published 16 days ago by GMG
3.0 out of 5 stars His hyper irony comes across as annoying in this respect also
When reading this you begin to feel that Sedaris's being gay and being an outsider and also his uneasy relationship with his father, forms much of the feel of these recollections. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mr. Robert Marsland
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this!
David Sedaris is one of the few writers who''ll make you laugh out loud sitting on the bus. Buy this.
Published 27 days ago by M. Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very funny
Published 1 month ago by abracadabra
3.0 out of 5 stars Harmless whimsy
This was my first experience of David Sedaris. I got the audiobook on the combined strength of the reviews on Amazon/Audible. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nigel Collier
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you
Published 3 months ago by Andy Dashwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love David Sedaris, and this book does not disappoint. Was chuckling to myself as I read.
Published 3 months ago by Aldo
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