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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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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Taborgirl, February 22, 2011 (view all comments by Taborgirl)
Imagine love from a chipmunk’s view. Or the flawed compassion of a mouse and his pet snake. Or a worker uprising instigated by a whiny, foul-mouthed duck. David Sedaris’ tiny book of quirky animal tales has at least one little gem on the human condition in every chapter. His comical new-world bestiary shines a pretty harsh light on our motivations, flaws, and goodness.
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
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Little Brown and Company -
by Tom L.,
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.
by Tom L.
by Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review,
"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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