Holidays on Ice
Back Bay Books (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 176 pages
Thursday, January 13, 2011
While my grade twelves were writing their final English exam, I sat down and read Holidays on Ice, by David Sedaris. Some of these essays were amazingly funny. Indeed, during several parts, I found that I was in quiet hysterics. I'm pretty sure my kids thought I was laughing at their own personal exam hell. Such are the immense powers of works such as "SantaLand Diaries" and "Six to Eight Black Men".
So yes, really really really funny book. Check it out if you like sarcastic essays that point out the absurd nature of today's society.
The only thing I thought was weak about this book was in the inclusion of Sedaris' short stories. Quite frankly, I feel that Sedaris tried a little to hard to make his short stories 'amusing' and 'hilarious' for his readers, and it didn't work. They actually made me yawn. Seriously.
But I'd buy this book just for its essays.