The Mind Wobbles

So many things to absorb, think about, deal with and put up with - it simply makes the mind wobble...

Monday, July 9, 2007

Book Review - "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" - David Sedaris

Yes, I'm in the throes of a Sedarisathon.

I read Holidays on Ice years ago and loved it. But in this spate first I read Naked - and didn't like it. But having enjoyed my first foray into the strange place that is David Sedaris' mind, I gave him another chance - I read Me Talk Pretty One Day and loved it! Now I've finished Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and have started reading Barrel Fever. I believe this completes the David Sedaris catalog so far.

I enjoyed "Dress Your Family...". It delves more into his family and personal relationships than the others have and while funny - it is occasionally funny in a disturbing way. You can't help but wonder how much is true and how much is sort of maybe true but somewhat embellished. You find yourself hoping there is in fact embellishment because we're talking serious dysfunction otherwise - particularly when he discusses one of his sisters and his brother.

His writing is as usual quick and biting and witty. He is self-deprecating, but compared to a couple of his siblings, and maybe his father (as he describes them) - he is the *less messed up*, which is scary.

Although I didn't like it as much as "Me Talk Pretty One Day", I still recommend it.



Blogger sari said...

Which is the one where he talks about going to live in the nudist colony? I can't remember.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Hilda said...

Sari - That was in "Naked".

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Mary said...

I love David Sedaris. The whole discussion on "The Rooster" still makes me laugh. I thorougly enjoy his mother and some of the things she did, which remind me of my own mother!

8:40 AM  
Blogger sari said...

I love the story where David writes of how long it would take him to walk home from school, because he would have to stop and lick things all along the way. And his neighbor would always scream at him for licking her mailbox, but he couldn't stop.

Gosh he cracks me up.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Toni Lea Andrews said...

I am a HUGE Sedaris fan -- see him live if you get the chance. But to really complete your Sedaris-a-thon, you have to get his sister Amy's book, "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence."

8:11 AM  

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