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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

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Sedaris diverges from his usual essays to give us a book of fables. Like all good fables and fairy tales, they're pretty gruesome and horrifying, and there's most always a moral to be found. These include a healthy dose of charm and wit, though. Ian Falconer provides the fabulous illustrations.
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Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

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.

Once again David Sedaris shows us the most outrageous, tender, absurd sides of ourselves in his profoundly funny, well-crafted stories that somehow, magically, bring home a major point about fidelity or guilt or love (Christian Science Monitor on When You Are Engulfed in Flames).

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"The stories from Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary are a combination of absurd anthropomorphic animal characters initially exhibiting somewhat natural a behavior but then rabbit-trailing (no pun intended) off into strange dialogues and monologues. This is the clever framework to support Sedaris' astute and uncanny interpersonal observations. His filter of the world is as hysterically bizarre as it is painfully spot-on. His distinctive turn of phrase is as sharp as ever." Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review

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David Sedaris is a playwright and a regular commentator for National Public Radio. He is also the author of the bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Dress Your Family in Corduroy, Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Me Talk Pretty One Day. He travels extensively though Europe and the United States on lecture tours and lives in France.

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Waney, December 31, 2012 (view all comments by Waney)
Got this for Christmas, and Whoa! Liked it way better than I thought I would - much harsher and more caustic than anything he's done before. Like Aesop but much scarier and meaner. I'd read it again too just to enjoy his perfect command of everyday American speech. He is a national treasure.
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meganpbruun, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by meganpbruun)
I really enjoyed Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. Sedaris used a common medium in a new way, and I think he pulled it off nicely.
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Ultimate_Bookworm, July 16, 2012 (view all comments by Ultimate_Bookworm)
When I first opened this bestiary, after curiously spying it several times at book stores, I was shocked at how different it was from what I had imagined. My (humble) guess was that Sedaris had written a compilation of cute short stories that came from the view of various animals. If I had read any of his books before, perhaps I would've known the state of these stories. But my surprise, I think, made the book that much better. David Sedaris's "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk" symbolizes our behaviors by writing them from animals themselves; the hair stylist baboon and the pet-loving mouse are only part of the story. You'll love these tales (even the slightly disturbing ones) and maybe, just maybe, they'll teach some obscure riddle of what is our society.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316038393
Subtitle:
A Modest Bestiary
Author:
Sedaris, David
Author:
Sedaris, David
Author:
Phillips, Sian
Author:
Falconer, Ian
Author:
Stritch, Elaine
Author:
Baker, Dylan
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Animal behavior; Animals; Dogs; Relationships; Bureaucracy; Cats; Alcoholics Anonymous; Prejudice; Star-crossed lovers
Publication Date:
20100928
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7 x 5 x 0.75 in 0.56 lb

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Product details 192 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316038393 Reviews:
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Sedaris diverges from his usual essays to give us a book of fables. Like all good fables and fairy tales, they're pretty gruesome and horrifying, and there's most always a moral to be found. These include a healthy dose of charm and wit, though. Ian Falconer provides the fabulous illustrations.

"Review" by , "The stories from Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary are a combination of absurd anthropomorphic animal characters initially exhibiting somewhat natural a behavior but then rabbit-trailing (no pun intended) off into strange dialogues and monologues. This is the clever framework to support Sedaris' astute and uncanny interpersonal observations. His filter of the world is as hysterically bizarre as it is painfully spot-on. His distinctive turn of phrase is as sharp as ever."
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