As a Sedaris fan I was really disappointed with this book. I skipped entire chapters that I would begin to read and suddenly wanted to throw my Kindle across the room. My solution was to skip the offending chapter and start a new one.
Had this been a hard copy I would have never finished it as it would have hit the trash can (funny what a Kindle does to me).
How many ways can one say, "This is not funny, entertaining or even worth your time."? There, I said it.
What happened Mr. Sedaris?
What happened with your editor(s) as well?
I would have plunked this one right back in your lap and said: Try Again.
Do not waste your hard earned cash on this trash- and if you must look at this train wreck- visit the library.
Good news for this author if he's planning another trip to China: the Chinese and the Indians are in a race to see how quickly they can sanitize their respective countries. They are competing to see who can build the most toilets. No more making do with a hole in the ground, or what my niece, who spent six months in China calls a 'squattie' (she accidentally dropped her cell phone in one). Don't do what I did and read "#2 to Go" while eating lunch. Not only does David talk about Chinese sanitary habits, he also dives into the dark side of their cuisine. Fried rooster blood, anyone?
The owl in the title is stuffed. The author's partner, Hugh collected owl knick-knacks (not voluntarily--people started giving them to him when they found out he liked owls) and David wanted to top off his friend's collection with a stuffed owl. Unfortunately, taxidermists are not allowed to stuff owls in this country, even if the bird died of old age. When David and Hugh moved...
Just finished Owls. So now I've read just about all of Sedaris' work. What I especially appreciate is his valentine to all things obsessive. He writes with equal measure of compassion for the human plight overlaid with the most sardonic, witty humor known to man, woman or beast. (As my son would ask, "Do cats laugh?"). And David, (I'm talking to YOU now) if you want to use that for your next book title, you're welcome to it. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls dishes out many different tones and moods. Of course, my fave is the chapter that took place in New Hampshire. D.S., next time you're in the Granite State, please let me know so I can guide you to a coffee shop that serves REAL coffee with a minimum of counter chit-chat and only the nicer kind of tattooed wait staff. Thank you for all the insight and laughter. Please keep it coming! When is your next book? When? WHEN???
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