It’s been 25 years since Morning Edition listeners first met a very un-merry Christmas elf named Crumpet from “Santaland Diaries,” the. ‘Santaland Diaries’ contains six of David Sedaris’ most profound Christmas stories, from Dinah, the Christmas Whore to Season’s Greetings to our Friends and. David Sedaris was not always an award-winning writer and satirist. For two consecutive Christmases, he was elf at a New York department store. These are .
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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The stories in this book have all been previously published, so if you’re a fan of the author, they won’t be new to you. I don’t usually seek out “humor” books, since many of them seem to take the business of being funny santalamd too seriously. So I’ve been seeing references to Sedaris for years, but never read any of his stuff. If these stories are typical, he’s both funny and thoughtful, which is a nice combination.
It’s the sort of “autobiographical fiction” i. Sedaris admits to some sahtaland, so maybe writing stories about holidays is a natural fit davvid his talents.
Americans take their celebrations very seriously indeed, with the result that observing behavior during holidays is even more entertaining than observing behavior the rest of the time. Holidays bring out aantaland crazy in all of us. Ask any cop or ER nurse or Mall Santa. Even normal people go whack-o. I loved the Christmas letters that spiral out of control. I howled at the critiques of children’s holiday productions.
Naturally, your own offspring or grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc are charming, talented, and delightful, but who the hell thought we’d want to watch those other boring brats? But my favorites were “Dinah the Christmas Santaaland and “Let It Snow” because of the glimpses into the strange family that shaped this author’s twisted outlook on life. His family may have been “Southern by the Grace of Greyhound” but they fit right in.
Anyone who grew up in a dysfunctional family will recognize the characters and situations. Those of you who grew up in a normal family don’t know what you missed. I think most of these stories are ones I would enjoy re-reading and the collection is sanfaland great introduction to this author’s writing.
After all, this is a man who’s been called “one of the funniest writers alive. And if people who write about the economy don’t know great humor when they see, I can’t imagine who does.
I like David Sedaris. His off-beat humor matches up with what I think is funny. Fiaries Monster Mash just didn’t click with me, but the SantaLand Diaries was worth the price of the book. Sedaris is meant to be heard, and I can hear his voice reading these short stories as I read them. His unique speaking voice and writing voice are unmistakable.
Nobody sound just like David Sedaris.
Funny and poignant, both voices combine into a reading experience like none other. As someone who gets depressed this time of year, and I know I’m not alone in this – this is my antidepressant! How can I be sad at all the signs of Christmas while I’m laughing my butt off with David Sedaris as an elf with me? Best to listen to it read by Sedaris himself, he reads his work SO well!
I used to listen to it on the car between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and it really helped. Buy it for the people you know who get sad or just don’t like this time of year!!!
I do have a complaint with Amazon though – my copy, shipped along with another book, arrived bent! I’ll try weighing it down with a stack of heavy books to weigh it down and hopefully straighten it out, but they should have shipped it differently – maybe between 2 sheets of heavy cardboard or something.
But I highly recommend the book – one of the funniest I’ve ever read!!!! I don’t share much of a background with David Sedaris, I’m not from a “middle class” family, I have no college education IVY LEAGUE even, c’monno one in my family has had anything to do with the arts, I’m an only freakin’ child, I’m born bred and have always lived in the North West, I don’t even have a passport let alone the means to live in any country I please The list could continue and for some readers things like this make Sedaris’ writing out of reach, even insulting.
The thing is though we seem to have absolutely nothing in common we do have one thing, tiny as it may be, we the commanality of being human and living during this particular era. That is what connects me to him and his writing, his humble humanity. He knows he isn’t a beauty queen, he consistently blunders through life making mistakes, playing the fool even and yet he has this amazing ability to WRITE about it, to share it with thw world and make fun of himself OUT LOUD to millions of readers.
I love him for that, I love him for the fact academia hasn’t sapped the humanity out of him and made him feel blunder proof or at least made him a blunder snob, hiding behind eight letter words that no one knows the true meaning of, ducking behind an Ivy league education. I picked this particular book up because my best friend is in the hospital, has been, will be, for a while. Sedaris’ short stories and essays are perfect hospital food right? The problem is reading them aloud for the first time is hard because he makes laugh out loud and not many do so in the quiet hospital corridors one room is bellowing with laughter, from me, from my sick friend who really shouldn’t be laughing right now, it hurts him, but he won’t let me stop.
A nurse cruises in inevitably when I am reading something that out of context seems dirty, it becomes even funnier. My context of reading this particular Sedaris book aside it is really a very funny, charming piece of literature that connects with the reader on many levels.
The parts that others seem to be offended or put off by, I say read them with zeal, be happy that someone out there is making enough money off being a boob, off proudly being a boob to travel to Japan and France and across the U. Be happy to read from someone who relishes in the oddities, who isn’t always tring to make you sympathetic and tearful.
It really is a rare quality.
A Holiday Tradition: David Sedaris Reads ‘Santaland Diaries’ : NPR
You will find that most contemporary memoir ish literature relies on human empathy and sad, sad, sad, SAD parts of life. It’s nice to take a break and read from someone who can tell you abot his mother dying of lung cancer in one paragraph and have you giggling in the next.
Comedy or Tragedy, life is what you make of it. Trust me I have my own fair share of the comedically tragic, but when my friends can laugh at the crazy things I say and do when I am hallucinating because Lupus is attacking my brain I am way better than when they satnaland crying over it. David Sedaris has the ability to make you laugh over things that put another way might make you cry. See all 1, reviews.
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