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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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tiny tales with big morals/analogies. an afternoon read ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
From people who have read this book and the reviews here on Goodreads, this is either a book you love or hate. I loved it. While it was a departure from the lighter touch Sedaris usually employs, I loved the dark humor. Some of the stories were strictly pathos and I liked those less than the ones that were heavily laced with black comedy.

I read this coming off a book that was supposed to be black comedy and highly satirical and was none of those things. I was looking for a fast, light, entertaining read before delving back into a full length novel. This fit the bill perfectly.

It probably helped that I had no expectations going into this book. It's been a while since I have read any Sedaris essays so I wasn't looking for a typical book of essays. This was a perfect distraction - no more, no less. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a short read. ( )
  ozzieslim | Dec 28, 2014 |
I love David Sedaris, but this wasn't my favorite of his books. Each story in this collection is told by animals. This does allow Sedaris to highlight the irrationality of certain human behaviors and opinions. And there were still times that I literally laughed out loud. But I much prefer the essays from Sedaris's own experience. Still, this audio book made my drives to work more enjoyable. ( )
  porch_reader | Dec 20, 2014 |
This book is a series of anecdotes (I really hesitate calling them short stories) told from different animals' perspectives but illustrating human behavior. They were cute, sarcastic, or even downright disturbing but they were all moving. The most disturbing story was related by a bear who lost her mother and poured her grief out to anyone close enough to hear it. She comes across a circus bear who has had his teeth pulled out and other atrocities but all she could do was complain about how difficult it was to be without a mother. She was conked on the head and when she awoke, the other bear was dead and she had her teeth pulled and a muzzle placed on her snout. As she was made to perform, she continued to complain to the audience about her being without a mother. A cute story was how a pair of storks (!) had to explain to a youngster where baby storks come from.

The stories were read by four different people including Mr. Sedaris himself and were perfect. ( )
  mamzel | Dec 19, 2014 |
In a collection of short stories reminiscent of Aesop's Fables, the lives of animals are revealed to be strikingly familiar. A squirrel and chipmunk go on a date, only to be separated by the prejudices of their families. A dog recognizes the cultural chasm between himself and his wife, but remains faithful to her even after she is caught cheating. A bear loses her mother and milks the tragic situation for all that it's worth. These anthropomorphous animals are just as dysfunctional as any guest on daytime TV.

There are a couple of strong stories in the collection. “The Grieving Owl” was a touching story about a predator who allows his prey to escape if they can tell him something new. When one of his victims tells him that there is a species of leech that live only in the anus of a hippopotamus, the owl immediately sets off to see if this is true. He finds a hippo at the zoo who is more than willing to let him investigate, and they become fast friends. It's a weird story that has some very dark, funny moments – Sedaris at his best. I also enjoyed “The Motherless Bear” because I've known many women just like the title character, who goes about repeating her story of suffering because of the attention she gains, but as time passes she becomes unbearable in her self-imposed state of martyrdom.

Other stories aren't as good. I actually didn't care for “The Squirrel and the Chipmunk”, the story for which the entire collection is named. The two characters just seem so silly, the plot too predictable and pedestrian? The humor just didn't work, perhaps. “The Cow and the Turkey”, a short story in which the barnyard animals hold a Christmas party with a Secret Santa gift exchange, and the cow insists on getting the turkey's gift because she knows he is destined to be served for Christmas dinner, so she won't have to give him anything. I guess the big lesson is that if animals take on human practices, it simply reveals just how selfish and unlikeable people really are.

There's a certain mean streak that runs through Sedaris' writing, and while it's funny when directed at his own daily life, I find it grows to the point of offensive when he takes to writing fiction. I know that my brother really enjoyed this collection of stories, though, so it entirely depends on what tickles your funny bone. ( )
  makaiju | Nov 5, 2014 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316038393, Hardcover)

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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