A book of two halves.
Or, perhaps more accurately, 3/4 and 1/4.
I’ve heard David Sedaris reading his essays and have always found his stories honest, entertaining and sometimes quite raw, so I was looking forward to this book.
The first part of the book is a collection of short stories. I will admit I didn’t read all these. In fact I ploughed my way through one and a half before heading to the essays and the end of the book.
The short stories I read seemed ridiculous and pointless. Not funny; not entertaining; not believable. Yes, I know it’s fiction, so obviously not true, but fiction – no matter how outrageous – needs to be believable.
The essays, on the other hand, were everything I’d hoped for. I thoroughly enjoyed his amusing take on these personal stories.
I’ll definitely read more of his work but will be a bit more discerning about which book I buy next.
3 stars out of 5.