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Das Leben ist kein Streichelzoo: Fiese Fabeln

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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 waiti
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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published 2010 by Karl Blessing Verlag
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Chelsey
Mar 05, 2012 Chelsey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a new story each chapter. The concept of Anthropomorphism makes you believe that this book will be excellent or is it because I had to wait on a HUGE waiting list from the library? Yes this book was in my mind terrible. The concept is that animals have human traits and I think the author was trying to show that people are judgmental hypocrites, especially when it comes to choosing friends, raising children, dating, religion etc. I think it is supposed to be funny because you can rel ...more
Sparrow
Nov 30, 2010 Sparrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hilarious, reviewed
David Sedaris is such a fudging ray of sunshine. I’m using the uncomfortable word “fudge” in this review as much as possible because I find it extra-obscene and sweetly domestic at the same time. Kind of like Sedaris. (Also, weirdly, I just found out that amazon.com will allow "fudge" as a replacement for "fuck," though to me there is a more obscene quality to "fudge," despite the fact that it is a yummy desert.) Anyway, I never realized before that it could make Sedaris' stories even more hilar ...more
Jenn
Oct 23, 2010 Jenn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2010
Wow, this book is incredibly disturbing! Instead of Sedaris's usual personal essays, here are dark, dark fables starring talking animals, each story brimming with all the horrible things people say and do to each other, and ending with an even more horrible zinger. The writing is clever, and I even chuckled occasionally, but I just couldn't get past the subject matter. (Picture adorable children's picture book pig Olivia with her eyes plucked out, and you have an idea about Ian Falconer's creepy ...more
Jason Koivu
Aug 07, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, humor
Awww, they think they're people! KAWAIII!!!

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is not your typical David Sedaris, self-confessional book. It's a collection of short stories in which animals have, for the most part, human conversations.

Fun, fairly light stuff with a bit of clever dashed in now and then as always found in a stew of David Sedaris stories. Light reading, yes, pleasant and positive? Not always...

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What else could be expected from Sedaris? Dude's got a dark sense of humor. These stories might be f
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Kathy
Jan 26, 2011 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love this book, I really did. I have seen Mr. Sedaris read live several times and have always found him hilarious, so I thought I would listen to the audio version and see if I fared any better than the print version had with most of the readers on here, who seemed to be left cold by this latest offering.

On the plus side for the audio version, you get not just David Sedaris, but the incomparable Elaine Stritch, who raises the level of positively everything she is associated with (the
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Lyn
Nov 25, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris is like Aesop and William Burroughs having a tough weekend outside the methadone clinic.

Actually it is like a cross between Woody Allen absurdist neurosis and Eudora Welty Southern Gothic grotesque with a nod to Gary Larson’s The Far Side. This is the second book I have read by Sedaris, the first being When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and though I very much liked the first book, I was disturbed by Sedaris himself. He came across as se
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kristin
Nov 21, 2010 kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was unsure of how well I liked this one until the last story, which was awesome. Nearly every story includes an animal talking about his or her own asshole, or another animal's asshole. I was thinking the theme of the book is assholes. Then Caris came home and told me he'd watched The Human Centipede, which, he said, involves a whole lot of assholes. Then I realized the theme of the entire day must be assholes.
Becky
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sat·ire
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the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

I've come to realize that I'm particular about satire, especially when it's supposed to be funny. I like smart humor - first make me laugh, then make me think. I like Jon Stewart, I like The Onion, I like The Simpsons... I could go on, but the point I'm making is that I like my satire to have bi
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Mike H
No, I did not forget to assign a star rating. This book gets ZERO stars! I hated it. Really despised it. In fact, David Sedaris should give me 5 stars for reading this piece of trash!

I have always been a fan of David Sedaris. I was thrilled when I heard he had a new book out; I saw his appearance on the Daily Show and he was hilarious! He talked about the book and it sounded awesome, so I ordered it through Amazon the next day. Paid for expedited delivery. Couldn't wait for it to arrive! I star
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Shayantani Das
Mar 31, 2013 Shayantani Das rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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David says that some journalist described this book as “bed time stories for children who drink”. Well said journalist, whoever you are.
It’s about animals behaving in the petty, vain, ignorant, arrogant way humans do. Not his best work, but it wasn’t terrible either.
Caris
Nov 25, 2010 Caris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
For my most recent birthday, my wife was kind enough to buy me tickets to see David Sedaris. That was the second time I’d seen him; I’d flown solo on that occasion and was looking forward to sharing the experience with Kristin. The seats she got were far superior to the ones I’d had the year before. Instead of the top of his head, I got to see his face.

He’s got something of a memorable face. It’s the mouth, I think. And the way his features are arranged. He looks just like all of the illustratio
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Jessi
Wow, this is ……I don’t know what or how to?…. So David Sedaris has written several essays from the point of view of different animals living in the wild and dealing with day-to-day issues. I can imagine that some people might have thought WTF? But I found it quite enjoyable, some were disturbing, but when you get right down to it situations that were plausible and true to life in the real world.

The Grieving Owl was my favorite, about an owl whose mate has died and dealing with his idiot family
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Nathalie
Jan 15, 2012 Nathalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! Heard him speak recently, and he read two stories from this book - due out in October. I'm not a huge fan of his satire, preferring his autobiographical stuff rather, but these stories were certainly funny and crowd-pleasing. Ian Falconer, author of the Olivia children's books, will be doing the illustrations. Can't wait!!

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 an
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Katy Wight
Oct 12, 2010 Katy Wight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I normally like to listen to Sedaris read his books (so much of the humor is in his tone), but I wandered into a bookstore the day this one was released and couldn't resist it. I have listened to him enough that I heard this whole book in his voice anyway. The clerk in the bookstore where I bought it (who clearly was not familiar with Sedaris's work) had put it on a front table because he wasn't sure whether it belonged in the adult or children's section. It's most definitely not for kids. It's ...more
Moira Fogarty
Was it well written? Yes. Were the parables clever? Yes. Did I like it? NO.

These 16 beast fables follow in the tradition of Aesop, Horace and La Fontaine. While I appreciate Sedaris's craftsmanship, I found the stories to be excessively gruesome and tongue-in-cheek, castigating a variety of modern fools without providing the "moral of the story" at the end.

Sedaris pokes fun at the sort of uneducated, bourgeois attitudes you find televised on Jerry Springer. Ignorance, hatred and fear lie at the
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Amy
May 03, 2011 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying I think that David Sedaris is one of the funniest human beings out there. I've read every book and attended his shows, laughing until I hurt. However, this book was a horrifying disappointment for me. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor, very funny turns of phrase and perect-timing endings, but the content is just a little too far over the line of dark humor to be comfortable.

Complicating matters, the illustrations are by Ian Falconer, author/illus
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Diane Ferbrache
I have always enjoyed David Sedaris' books in the past. He is witty, and his commentary on people and society is always clever, sometimes hilarious, and very accurate. In some respects, this book is all that, but I think it misses the mark, and it certainly didn't live up to my expectations.

It's a collection of 16 fables that feature animals with human characteristics, attitudes, biases, and frailties. Some are wonderful. I particularly enjoyed the first story "The Cat and the Baboon". Any woman
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Brian
Dec 11, 2012 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book because:
1) I had read a really, really great essay by David Sedaris about an episode from his childhood when his parents were considering buying a sea cottage. The essay was equal parts well-crafted, insightful, and humorous, making me want to read more from him.
2) I had a gift card to Barnes & Noble and this book was bargain priced, meaning I could get it and two others.
3) It was hardbound with a nice jacket, and I am a sucker for good-looking books (I was also tempted to
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Johnida
Nov 03, 2010 Johnida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bought this book so I could get a seat for the Sedaris reading/book signing at Changing Hands in December. I wanted to read it anyway, so seemed like a fair enough deal.

This is a new area for Sedaris, and seems to be a good fit for him. Although this collection is not my favorite thing of Sedaris' I've ever read, it was certainly entertaining. To be fair, judging this collection against his other essays is a bit of an apples-and-oranges situation. The stories contain some great satire about huma
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Cheryl
Feb 12, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, humour
I'm a big fan of David Sedaris (and his hilarious sister Amy too), but when this came out I was puzzled. I didn't know what to make of it. So I dismissed it, thinking aaw, he's run out of ideas, now he's changing course, and he's looking for a quick income fix.
Shame on me.
This is hilarious. Classic Sedaris really. These are what Gary Larson cartoons would be if they were translated into written stories. Lots of laugh out loud bits, and "hey Martha!" stories as one reviewer called them, because y
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Wyatt Packard
I have not had a chance to sample very many books by David Sedaris. I did read his most recent collection, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls and though I didn't think it was perfect, the author's wit and use of social commentary spurred me to give his work another go. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk was not the book that I should have sought in my hopes of solidifying my interest in his work. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is basically a collection of fictional stories with animals rather than humans as the cha ...more
David Schaafsma
Dec 01, 2014 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, humor
I see this has been rated incredibly low overall on Goodreads, and for a David Sedaris book, that is pretty startling. Why? Sedaris is one of the great humorists of our time, maybe for me the top writer going, the one writer who has consistently made me laugh aloud. In earlier times, I can think of Dorothy Parker and James Thurber, in their era, Peter DeVries decades later, and there are plenty more satirists/humorists/comic writers, of course, but I am thinking of a particular tone: urbane, sop ...more
George
Nov 09, 2010 George rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sedaris moves outside of his comfort zone (and probably that of a lot of readers) in this collection of modern fables, in which a variety of animals confront both traditional vices (envy, greed, etc.) and contemporary social and political issues (addiction, xenophobia, racism, etc.). While there's a certain fun in watching, for example, storks discuss where babies come from, this is not really a fun book. I'm actually kind of surprised that Sedaris is still considered a humorist as it feels to m ...more
Megan
Dec 22, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I ought to listen to a Sedaris audiobook sometime instead of just reading it. Given these Goodreads reviews it sounds like he adds a lot to his stories when he reads them aloud.

I don't know, I liked this, but I felt like something was lacking. They're animal stories, only the animals are pretty much human, and they're trying to tell something, like an Aesop fable, only it's really over the top so it's pretty obvious. Oh, and there are creepy cool illustrations... I was surprised at how mu
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Gordon Zane
Jul 01, 2011 Gordon Zane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I couldn't understand why Dave Sedaris would write a book of fiction centered around animals. The idea was clunky at the start of the book and took a couple of stories before it felt comfortable, and even then most of the stories felt so much like Sedaris that I wondered why he hadn't bothered to write them with human characters.

By the halfway point of the book, obvious reasons began to emerge. By writing about animals as speciesist and petty, he was able to highlight some of the worst
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Alana
Normally, I'm a big fan of David Sedaris's work, but I'm growing more and more worried that he's tapped out his abundance of ridiculous family-related stories and, thus, has lost some of his ability to make me laugh out loud while simply retaining small chuckle inducing capabilities. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is his latest endeavor, which veers completely away from his habit of producing semi-personal anecdotes and instead focuses on his keen observational skills. This interesting little collectio ...more
Karen Germain
Dec 14, 2012 Karen Germain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love David Sedaris and this may be his best collection yet. "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk" is a collection of short fiction stories about animals and is the perfect book for an afternoon. It's a quick read, but one that will warrent a revisit.

The stories seems simple, but have layers of meaning and often point to the faults that we have as humans. Sedaris uses animals to bring up taboo subjects and expose the ugly side of humanity. The stories often use humour as a deflection (and Sedaris really a
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Diane
Oct 16, 2010 Diane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Being an animal lover, and going on the reputation of David Sedaris being a very clever and humorous writer, I eagerly went to Borders to pick up a copy of this book for myself along with another copy for a fellow animal lover's birthday. I read the first story in Borders before buying and literally laughed out loud. So, off to the counter I went with 2 copies of the book.

I have to give thumbs up to whoever chose the layout of this book -- the first story was by far the best and the only time I
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Ken
This was a stocking stuffer that might best have been left in the stocking. In it, David Sedaris tries for humor, but given 168 pages, fails to make good. The conceit, I'm guessing, was to have talking animals sound like contemporary people -- the type of people we give a wide berth to. Lots of snark, lowlifes, and psychos. Crispy critters give way to crude ones in stories that would make Jean de la Fontaine roll over in his fabled grave.

Adding visual insult to narrative injury are the illustrat
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Kate
Nov 17, 2010 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fables, animals, and David Sedaris
I spent 6 hours at the Border's on Clark Street waiting in a very slooow moving line so I could talk and have my whole collection of books (6 in all) to be signed by David Sedaris himself.

I had no idea I'd be there until 2:30 am, so I made friends with the people around me and we'd take turns watching eachother's stuff for necessities like bio, caffine, and sustenance breaks from outside sources. I even took a nap around 1 am in hopes of being somewhat human and not so zombie-ish when I met him.
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“When her muzzle grew more white than brown, the chipmunk forgot that she and the squirrel had had nothing to talk about. She forgot the definition of "jazz" as well and came to think of it as every beautiful thing she had ever failed to appreciate: the taste of warm rain; the smell of a baby; the din of a swollen river, rushing past her tree and onward to infinity.” 18 likes
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