SantaLand Diaries. I was in a coffee shop looking through the want ads when I read, “Macy’s Herald Square, the largest store in the world, has. ‘Santaland Diaries’ contains six of David Sedaris’ most profound Christmas stories, from Dinah, the Christmas Whore to Season’s Greetings to our Friends and. Writer David Sedaris is back reading from his “Santaland Diaries.” It’s the story of his time as a Macy’s elf.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. SantaLand Diaries by David Sedaris. Paperbackpages. Published by Abacus first published October 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about SantaLand Diariesplease sign up.

Lists with This Book. I highly recommend you listen to Sedaris read the Santaland Diaries aloud. You can find it in the “This American Life” archives. His voice adds so much to this already funny story. Dec 07, Calista rated it it was amazing Shelves: This story had idaries rolling on the floor it was so funny.

Who knew what went on in SantaLand? 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. Feb 24, Lorenzo Berardi rated it it was amazing Shelves: And on and on and on. I think I have a problem with satnaland essay. That’s the only point on which my doctor and shrink agree.

They suggested me to rehab. I found a job.

The more you work the less you think. That’s what I thought before thinking less. The job was great and satisfactory.

I gave leaflets on the streets dressed like a french fry. The kind of job someone could kill to don’t have one. Yet, I found more than diarie job. I dafid in love with a Read. I fell in love with a nice girl. I met her on the threshold of a Mexican restaurant. She was unforgettable in her beautiful Taco costume.

We dated several times. Eantaland liked each other. We were made for each other. And yet in a couple of weeks she broke my fried heart. She left me for a Camcorder dressed man. His name was Olympus. He used to work on the other side of the road, advertising for a shopping mall. He was closer to her place than me.

The Taco girl -that lousy bitch- told me how she needed to focus more on her life, looking at it from different perspectives.


That’s what she told me. I nodded in that reflective and well mannered way a sad french fry is supposed to do. I quit the job. Afterwards nothing had changed. And that’s why I keep on reading the Diaries. I still dream of elves. I need to sit on Santa’s lap asking for a woman. Dec 25, Angel Gelique rated it liked it Shelves: I couldn’t any more ignore a highly positive feedback from many readers about David Sedaris’s comedy skills.

And Christmas from a different perspective? Unfortunately, in regard to this book, my high expectations were not totally met. There were for sure some really funny observations, comments and thoughts, but on the whole I found the humour in this collection out of non-fiction stories rather monotonous than sparking-refreshing. I hope, I’ll have more luck with my next I couldn’t any more ignore a highly positive feedback from many readers about David Sedaris’s comedy skills.

I hope, I’ll have more luck with my next David Sedaris. Because his writing is very promising. Sep 04, Janet rated it liked it. This is the first David Sedaris book I’ve read, but I plan to read more. It was my brand of holiday spirit, I just wish it was a bit longer. Dec 04, Elizabeth rated it liked it. Really this book is a 2.

You can see the satirical voice Sedaris is aiming for, but for me it just wasn’t quite clever enough, or witty enough, to pull of the rather mean things he says. The first story about being an elf is Macy’s was perhaps the best, most sardonic and darkly humorous.

A Holiday Tradition: David Sedaris Reads ‘Santaland Diaries’

It did have me laughing aloud a few times on the train. There we Really this book is a 2. 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 sabtaland learning difficulties – were we supposed to laugh at them I hope not and then comparing the shoppers to them – it felt very awkward.

At its worst, with stories like Dinah, the Christmas Whore, they are long-winding shaggy dog stories with little pay-off and strange over-indulgent meanderings. 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. The idea there is funny a set of neighbours try to out-do each other with their charitable givings but as with the subjects of his other stories the targets of his jesting are rather obvious and do not probe further than the stereotype.

The type of stories where everyone is an idiot except for the writer can be a hard pill to swallow after a while. It’s not entirely put me off Sedaris so I’d like to read another of his story collections to see if this tone is a one-off or whether it was just that my love of Christmas blind me to its darkly comic ways.


Dec 04, Daniel Parsons rated it it was ok Shelves: The back cover of the book inaccurately labels this as memoir, when in fact only two of the six stories are auto-biographical — and, tellingly, those two are the only ones I really enjoyed.

Sedaris really should stick with non-fiction, which he writes with flair, humor and poignancy, whereas his fiction sections tend zedaris be so over-the-top and garish that they My third book by David Sedaris following Me Talk Pretty One Diagies and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and my first disappointment. Sedaris really should stick with non-fiction, which he writes with flair, humor and poignancy, whereas his fiction sections tend to be so aedaris and garish that they resemble sketches from a TV series.

The novelty wears off quickly. Stories for Christmas by Augusten Burroughs for a better selection of seasonal related laughter Jan 01, Ali rated it liked it Shelves: Interesting, two books in one week. Now, I only read this because exams week is coming!

Prepare for exams by reading irrelevant books. Yes, This is how I do it. Now, let’s review this good laugh. I ssdaris enjoy it that much, but it’s surely a good laugh before exams. Christmas, only saw it in movie. Surely I’ve read about Christmas, what it is. Now David will act as an elf searis this st Interesting, two books in one week. Now David will act as an elf in this story, the job is both hilarious and boring to fill.

That was my first book by David Sedaris, I surely want to read his other works! Feb 24, Adam added it Shelves: The audio version heard it first on NPR read by Sedaris is unforgettably funny!

The text version will make you laugh out loud and cause people to stare at you, diaies it is nothing compared to hearing Sedaris tell the story. Text alone would get 3 or 4 stars, but the audio get s 7 stars on sfdaris 5 star scale. Feb 25, Eugenia rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a perfect read out-loud book