A friend, feeling that my sense of humor would appreciate such a thing, loaned me a copy of Holidays On Ice by David Sedaris. I’ve heard quite a bit about Sedaris, but I’ve never had the pleasure of reading his work. Holidays On Ice did not fail to delight.
An exceptionally quick read, this book is a collection of mostly previously published material. It contains both fiction and nonfiction alike, and at times I seriously couldn’t be sure to which genre some stories belonged. This ambiguity made things all the more fun.
Sedaris takes a rather sarcastic approach to how people treat Christmas, and while it may seem snotty and cynical, I found it painfully accurate in many cases, especially if you read between the lines.
While I wouldn’t consider Sedaris as skilled a writer as McCarthy or Chabon in terms of technique, he certainly knows how to convey his humor through the written word, and I believe such aptitude is incredibly rare. He is one of the few writers I’ve ever experienced who had me literally laughing out loud as I read.