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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (edition 2010)

by David Sedaris, Ian Falconer (Illustrator)

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Title:Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
Authors:David Sedaris
Other authors:Ian Falconer (Illustrator)
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 176 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:humour, animals

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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris



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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is a little different from the usual Sedaris collections in that all of the stories are short fables (illustrated by Ian Falconer), including the customary animal protagonists (one of them was also published in the Holidays on Ice collection). Most of these stories circle around morality as fables are wont to do, but Sedaris either tries for a darker sense of morality in each or to stay away from clear answers entirely. For me, more often than not it ended up feeling as if he was trying too hard with the collection and stories in it, definitely making it the weakest of the books I recently read.

Read more about each of the stories separately on my blog: https://kalafudra.com/2016/05/03/squirrel-seeks-chipmunk-a-wicked-bestiary-david-sedaris/ ( )
  kalafudra | Sep 27, 2016 |
I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as some of his other work. ( )
  amcheri | Aug 22, 2016 |
As a rule I prefer Sedaris's nonfiction over his fiction. The stories were very dark, whereas I think his nonfiction stories are dark while still managing to have a warmth to them. The stories were still funny as his stories always are. I will always read anything Sedaris writes. ( )
  jp0058 | Jul 26, 2016 |
Darkly humorous, creative, surreal short stories.
  xlsg | Jul 10, 2016 |
What if animals were more like humans?
  MerrittGibsonLibrary | Jul 9, 2016 |
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For the strong- stomached, these tales are toxic little treats, fun-size Snickers bars with a nougaty strychnine center. But at $21.99 for a scant 159 illustrated pages, Squirrel doesn't quite make a meal.

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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.

With original illustrations by Ian Falconer, author of the bestselling Olivia series of children's books, these stories are David Sedaris at his most observant, poignant, and surprising.

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The author presents a collection of three animal-themed essays. In The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck, a group of complete strangers bitterly discuss the order of things within the animal kingdom. In Hello Kitty, a miserable alcoholic cat attends AA. In The Squirrel and the Chipmunk, two lovers are torn apart by their quarrelling families.… (more)

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