I had heard about David Sedaris for a while but I had never read any of his books before. This was the first book of his that I've read and I enjoyed...moreI had heard about David Sedaris for a while but I had never read any of his books before. This was the first book of his that I've read and I enjoyed it for the most part. The book is split up into two parts: the first part is fictional short-stories and the second is non-fiction stories/essays.
Between the two, I liked the non-fiction stories/essays in the back part of the book more. I found those to be more funny. "Santaland Diaries" was awesome. (That by itself is five-stars.) The fictional short-stories in the beginning weren't bad; it just seemed to me that Sedaris was writing them with the intention of shocking the reader, and at times, he succeeded. I hadn't cringed that much while reading a book since freshman Bio. (I have a weak stomach.)
Although there were parts of the book that I enjoyed more than others, I finished the book a fan of his. His observations on society and American culture were spot on and I laughed at most of his jokes. Which is cool with me; rare is the humorist or comedian who never strikes out.
I went ahead and added the rest of his books to my "books to read" list on my phone and I'm looking forward to reading them. (less)
I liked it. (But not enough to give it a 4) 3.5 out of 5.
LaValle's characters were about as real as fictional characters can possibly be. If they wer...moreI liked it. (But not enough to give it a 4) 3.5 out of 5.
LaValle's characters were about as real as fictional characters can possibly be. If they were any realer they would be walking around NYC wearing gaudy jewelry and dropping the "Killah" from their MC title.
This might just be me being naive but it seemed to me that LaValle went way out of his way to show the dark and ugly side of project living. I mean, WTF? Are you telling me that not all New Yorkers are as nice as Puffy and Rudy Giuliani seem to be on tv?
It was educational though. I now know, thanks to LaValle, that if I ever decide to approach a lady of the night in a dark alleyway, that I better have some protection on me. Sometimes, the best way to avoid these sort of things is to learn from a fictional character's mistake. Hey, better him than me, right?