It’s been 25 years since Morning Edition listeners first met a very un-merry Christmas elf named Crumpet from “Santaland Diaries,” the. ‘Santaland Diaries’ contains six of David Sedaris’ most profound Christmas stories, from Dinah, the Christmas Whore to Season’s Greetings to our Friends and. David Sedaris was not always an award-winning writer and satirist. For two consecutive Christmases, he was elf at a New York department store. These are .

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Feb 25, Eugenia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Risible and sardonic as ever, Sedaris offers an irreverent but ultimately forgiving view onto the Christmas and the innumerable hypocrisies that make the season simultaneously heart-warming and cringe-worthy.

It was my brand of holiday spirit, I just wish it was a bit longer. There were still a few sections though that made me pull back and question some of the things he was saying I couldn’t work out the bit about the children visiting with learning difficulties – were we supposed to laugh at sedariss I hope not and then comparing the shoppers to them – diaies felt very awkward.

Views Read Edit View history. His off-beat humor matches up with what I think is funny. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. I have scraped enough blood out from the crotches of elf knickers to last me the rest of my life.


SantaLand Diaries

Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris. Even if they aren’t actually true, they feel true in that we’ve all been there. Having been to the Macys Santaland in NYC several Christmases with my young sons only adds to the experience, as does having worked for Macys.

This page was last edited on davud Juneat I know what Sedaris was going for. Refresh and try again. May 24, Kandice rated it it was ok.

The thing is though we seem to have absolutely nothing in common we do have one thing, tiny as it may be, we the commanality of being human and living during this particular era. Nov 22, Frances Sawaya rated it really liked it. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t sanhaland a Kindle?

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Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Dec 27, Greg Kerestan rated it really liked it. See all customer images. The final story ‘Christmas is for Giving’ was the other high ish point in the collection, taking rich middle-class American ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ to its logical and surrealist extreme.

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She was, in fact, calling this customer a bitch. Thanks for dlaries us about the problem. Dec 19, Harry Maier rated it really liked it.


Sedaris admits to some exaggeration, so maybe writing stories about holidays is a natural fit for his talents. Paperbackpages. I couldn’t any more ignore a highly positive feedback from many readers about David Sedaris’s comedy skills.

Diariees my favorites were “Dinah the Christmas Whore” and “Let It Snow” because of the glimpses into the strange family that shaped this author’s twisted outlook on life.

Interesting, two books in one week. I did like the first tale, the Christmas Whore tale and the final little bit, but everything else was just too, too much, especially the letter and the one-upmanship story.

I picked this particular book up because my best friend is in the hospital, has been, will be, for a while. This was a story in ‘Holidays on Ice’ and I have seen a one-man show of this that sold me on it because he was amazing. And that’s why I keep on reading the Diaries. I didn’t enjoy it that much, but it’s surely a good laugh before exams.

Afterwards nothing had changed.