Title: Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
Author: David Sedaris
When I saw David Sedaris awhile back, he started off his reading with a passage from this new book. “I wanted to call it a fable, but fables have morals. And I have none.”
Sedaris is right. The stories included in his latest work do not have morals. They are hit or miss, too. I wanted to love this book. I really did. And I loved moments of it. But for the most part, I wished he had put out another series of stories taken from his everyday obversations.
At his appearance, he read his story about a couple of married dogs who deal with infidelity as the wife gets knocked up by the neighbor dog. In a bit of karma, the neighbor dog bites the married dogs owner’s child and has to be put down and the bastard puppies are sold off. The husband quips that he’s not sad about it because no matter what they tell you, it’s not the same if they aren’t yours. Very classic Sedaris humor!
As much as I laughed at the story at the reading, I’m sad I got the preview, because it was probably one of my favorite out of the book. There were just a handful of others I really enjoyed. The last story in the book about a leech that lives in the anus of a hippo is equally as funny. But few of the others I can really say I loved. And that makes me a little sad because I enjoy Sedaris so much.