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Reader's Corner - Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

By:Youssef Lemmon

 

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

By David Sedaris

3.5 / 4

 

Sedaris must have grown tired of his own life.

 

That's what it seems like, at least. My mom introduced me to him this past Christmas through one of his more recent collections, Me Speak Funny Sometimes. After reading the entire thing, I was convinced the man had revealed everything about him there was to know. A \ check of the last few pages proved otherwise: "Also by David Sedaris – Barrel Fever – Naked," and a quick search on Wikipedia reveals two more recent anthologies. The memoirist, known for his lucid prose and I-know-what-you-mean observations, is witty, to be sure, and no-one doubts his ability to turn an essay about the French language into a daily high point. But there's only so much you can say about yourself.

 

Maybe that's why he ended up writing a series of fables. Nonetheless, it's all distinctly Sedaris. The social observations are still there and the stories end with well timed abruptness. He just happens to be writing about animals now, instead of his own acquaintances. Or maybe he is talking about his acquaintances.

 

If the book took itself seriously, it would probably warrant a more in depth discussion, but it's hard not to see Sedaris snickering in front of his laptop during the time it took him to write this.

 

By Youssef Lemmon

 

 

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