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I just didn't get this one,
This review is from: Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Wicked Bestiary (Hardcover)Humourist David Sedaris has penned a collection of short stories which use various animals as allegories to represent the more unpleasant aspects of human behaviour. He's a talented writer and they usually start out in an entertaining fashion. For example there is the titular story about a squirrel who is dating a chipmunk and who finds that they've run out of conversation after exploring their mutual love of acorns and dislike of dogs. Another story is about a precocious two week old stork who wants to know where babies come from.
However without fail, the stories descend into melancholy - or more commonly, into violence. Most of the stories are unmemorable and the few that stand out do so mostly because they are so acutely, distressingly unpleasant. The book is also illustrated by children's illustrator Ian Falconer which feels particularly inappropriate. There is a small degree of wry humor but no "laugh out loud" moments. Sedaris can - and has - done better. This book left me cold.
PS: Please don't make the mistake that my father did and think that this is a book to read to children!