Monday, December 10, 2012

Holidays on Ice

Well, I just finished David Sedaris' Holidays On Ice and hmph, I was disappointed. I thought I would find myself cackling at how funny it was but I was just mildly amused at his dark humor. Perhaps I'm not intelligent enough to get his wit. The first story was a funny story of the author working as an elf, dealing with vomiting children and perverted co-workers. The second story was a Christmas form letter written by a woman whose family included her husband's love child and a drug-addicted daughter with a new baby. The ending was definitively dark humor but I pressed on. 

From that point on, it just got silly and not in the good way. He talks about working at a morgue, befriending a prostitute and bringing her home after she had been beaten, a wealthy family who gives away body parts to be more "generous" than their competitive neighbors. I don't know. I just didn't get it. The writing is excellent but the subjects were just odd. I will try another one of his books though and give it a shot because his descriptions are, indeed, spot on, but I really didn't need to know that the morgue puts eyeballs in baby jars to preserve them for later study.

Rating: Eh! - I could take it or leave it but lean more towards leave it.


Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

I know his books are popular, but I've never really been tempted to read them. I will definitely skip this one though!