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Mellowing With Age,
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Okay, so it's funny. (ish). There were probably a total of six pages that gave me the kind of squirt milk out of your nose laugh that I love. The rest were just mild chuckles that were spread further along than usual with a Sedaris book. i can't say I found it disappointing, I just wanted to bellyache a bit more. The only conclusion I can come up with after finishing the final longest essay about him quitting smoking, is that like everyone else he's growing older, maturing, and feeling a sense of responsibility. While this made for a sweet and somewhat poignant conclusion, I couldn't help but feel like some of his comedic acid was mellowing with age.
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Initial post: Feb 6, 2009 4:19:59 AM PST
Sad to say, but I totally agree with you. I liked it, but normally I'm pretty much having to restrain myself from laughing out loud on planes, subways, etc. with his books. Recommended but it's not his best.
Posted on Dec 10, 2009 1:22:15 AM PST
I agree, to the point that I disliked this book. He should have waited a while to "let the smoke clear" and written a more mature work. This is merely pandering, a low-brow attempt at the middle-brow we expect from Sedaris.
Posted on Feb 26, 2012 6:45:48 PM PST
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This is the first book of his that I read. And I could tell it was a "winding down" book. I liked it but I can feel that I will like others more. I am going to purchase, "Me Talk Pretty" (or whatever it is called). I still liked it though.
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