December 2, 2009

Holidays On Ice by David Sedaris: Review

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Holidays On Ice by David Sedaris, a collection of 6 short stories, was just a meh read for me. I heard that Sedaris was really funny so I had high hopes. I really wanted to like it.

I enjoyed SantaLand Diaries, the first story, for the most part. I was never an elf but I did work in retail at Christmastime and I can tell you it is hell. You see the worst of people and it takes you right out of the Christmas spirit. So I could relate to that story. There were funny moments, strange moments and moments where I questioned humanity.

The other 5 stories were odd and often on the macabre side. Sometimes they got a snort out of me but dead babies just aren't funny. I felt that he was trying to beat me over the head with a 'Christmas message' stick when all I really needed was a laugh.

Anyway I also bought Me Talk Pretty One Day so I hope that one goes better.

Bought at library book sale.

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15 comments :

  1. I've never read any of Sedaris' books, but I've listened to a couple of them and when he reads them, they are really funny to me. I loved The Santa Land Diaries!

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  2. This was the first Sedaris book I ever read and I've been a big fan ever since. Santa Land Diaries was definitely the funniest of the bunch, though. And if you're looking for a fairly uncomplicated laugh, "Me Talk Pretty One Day" is definitely the book for it. His later books are a bit more introspective, but still very, very funny.

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  3. This was the first Sedaris book I ever read and I've been a big fan ever since. Santa Land Diaries was definitely the funniest of the bunch, though. And if you're looking for a fairly uncomplicated laugh, "Me Talk Pretty One Day" is definitely the book for it. His later books are a bit more introspective, but still very, very funny.

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  4. I haven't read any of his books, although I have heard good thing. I am really picky about comedy and what I find funny, so I fear something like what you described. It's why I keep on passing.

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  5. Oh, that's unfortunate! I, too, have never read Sedaris but hear he's hilarious. Here's hoping that Me Talk Pretty One Day is better!

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  6. You didn't like 6 to 8 black men? My family thinks that's a holiday classic already!

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  7. Sedaris can be really funny, but I think he's also easy to burn out on.

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  8. Kathy- Maybe listening to him might have been better.

    JS- I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Nicole- Comedy is hard to convey in a book I think.

    Natasha- I read your review after I wrote mine. I felt a lot like you did.

    Aarti- I hope so too!

    Jeanne- That one wasn't in this collection. I think I got the early version.

    Jill- I'll wait a little one to read the next one.

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  9. Sorry this one didn't jive for ya. I actually just started reading it yesterday, and Santaland Diaries was making me giggle. I loaned it to a student who needs it for a research paper, and I hope to have it back tomorrow so I can continue.

    I am glad to see that you bought Me Talk Pretty One Day. I've read several of Sedaris's books, and it's by far my fave so far. Good luck!

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  10. i just picked up a sedaris (dress your family...) while in florida visiting my parents. i actually bought so many books while i was away that i left all of my clothes behind for my parents to bring home at christmas so i could fill my suitcase with BOOKS! :)

    sorry this wasn't a favorite--i prefer his other books to this one too.

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  12. I'm really not a fan of Sedaris in print, I have to hear his voice for his stories to be funny. Even then they are more amusing than laugh-out-loud funny.

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  13. I've heard so many good things about Sedaris and I saw excerpts in Esquire magazine a while back, but nothing grabbed me. It looks like from a few of the comments that I should try the audios.

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  14. I haven't read any Sedaris, but I'd been considering this one for the holiday season. Sorry to hear it is Meh. I'll probably try something else instead!

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  15. Oooh, you are right! Working in retail at Christmas TOTALLY takes away all of your Christmas spirit! I had to do that for years, and it was NEVER fun!

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