Monday, October 01, 2007

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris is a collection of Christmas themed pieces. Yes we are doing this in October. Probably the best of the bunch is a biographical piece about the authors time as a Macy's elf the rest are various ranges of horrible. There's satire here in droves but it's just not funny. Sedaris has no subtlety no nuance. Points are hammered home with a sledgehammer. Several pieces go on and on for no apparent reason except to reinforce the painfully clear point. If there was something profound here then maybe it would be better but there's not. Commercialism is bad. Entertainment executives are manipulative. Well wasn't that enlightening! Their also seems to be a definite attempt at shock value which tends to be a refuge of the lazy writer.

Not recommended at all!

Is available through Abebooks.

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