With this book David Sedaris is a modern day Aesop. In the same way that we use Science Fiction and Humor to allow us to discuss our condition without chafing (they’re not talking about good ole ‘merica, they’re talking about aliens!), by using animals Sedaris is able to get us to think about the way we interact with others and how we fit into society. Sure, sometimes of the time the metaphor/analogy doesn’t work perfectly as in a story that involved a breeder dog and was about infidelity. But it was still a pretty poignant story.
It’s a quick read – it took me about 1.5 hours, but the way it’s structured – a series of short essays – allows you to read it in chunks. I know when I’m reading a novel I suffer from “One More Page” and sometimes coming back to a story a couple days later can be quite annoying. This book doesn’t have that problem.