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Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason Paperback – March 1, 2011
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I have my book ready to go to the Half Price Bookstore to see if I can get a few bucks back. Terrible. And David Sedaris should be ashamed to have put his imprimatur on the front cover of this sad collection of juvenile wit. Sorry, but that is my take on it. It is just not funny. It is pathetic. Don't waste your money.
Part of this is that the stories all seem to think of themselves as far more clever than they actually are. I kept flipping through this because I'd find one or two things that were cute enough to give me hope that there were more funny or quirky stories in here, but to no avail. As soon as I started diving back in, I'd get incredibly bored and toss this book to the side in search of more entertaining fare.
The other part of this is because many of these stories are more entertaining viewed separately and sparsely. I keep trying to rationalize giving this a more positive review because I really, REALLY wanted to like this. Heck, once I'd gotten enough money saved, I eagerly rushed to purchase this. It just didn't deliver. You could argue that I could always read the book piece-meal, but that's sort of what I've been doing and I still didn't care for this.
If you've been looking to read this, I recommend either getting a used copy or going through the library unless you're very familiar with Sack's work and absolutely know you'll like this.
What is perhaps most impressive is that, somehow, a visit to the World of Sacks highlights the absurdities inherent to our own, real world: office culture, relationship hiccups, communication misfires. I don't often laugh out loud at words on the page; when I do, it seems almost like magic. Mike Sacks is this kind of word magician, and Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason is a virtuoso performance.
Your WIldest Dreams is hysterical-you will see yourself in its well-meaning, inept, deranged heroes like Rhon Penny (silent h), Mike the Talking Horse, and Jimmy Jam Johnson, classic rock DJ having a nervous breakdown. You will learn that philosopher Thomas Aquinas was "hung like a champ" and what you might do with someone you've just met at a hospital chapel. Your sobs and laughter will be indistinguishable.
In a million years, as archaeologists search for answers about the decline of the once mighty American white man, they shall find what they seek in Your Wildest Dreams.
I promise Sacks' jokes are funnier than mine.