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Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Me Talk Pretty One Day (original 2000; edition 2001)

by David Sedaris

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Title:Me Talk Pretty One Day
Authors:David Sedaris
Info:Back Bay Books (2001), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 272 pages
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Tags:memoir, humor

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Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (2000)


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This is by far the best comedic book I have ever read. This is my second time reading it and it was a joy to rediscover. The single funniest chapter, for me is the one where David and his classmates are trying to describe Easter to a Muslim student in broken French: "Then the rabbit of Easter he come with a basket full of foods..." "Then Jesus he go above your head to live with your father." I never thought it was possible to write a book this funny. It's one thing to relate a story about something funny. It's quite another to craft funny prose, a topic worthy of a literary doctoral thesis in my opinion. ( )
  Victor_A_Davis | Sep 18, 2015 |
I just LOVE him. Pretty soon, I'll be done with all of his books and I'll miss him. ( )
1 vote engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
It started out well, but fell off quickly. I didn't finish reading it. ( )
  DL_Orton | Jun 29, 2015 |
Normally, I stay away from any book that might be labeled a memoir. I tend to think that memoirs are incredibly self-indulgent. My line of thinking goes something like this... "Why should anyone care about your life enough that you need to publish it?"

I also tend to stay away from short stories. I find them harder to read than some 700 page books I've read.

I only picked up this book on a glowing recommendation from a friend. And I'm glad I finally read it. While I don't think it was the greatest book I've ever read, I enjoyed the easy writing style and the tendency toward sarcasm. In my experience, it's very hard to write sarcastically and Sedaris does it well. My favorite stories were the ones after he had moved to Paris. Particularly the final story, because it reminded me of the hoards of expired foods I found in my gradnparent's pantry and basement before their move from Tennessee back to Michigan. On the other hand, I didn't so much enjoy the easy drug references, because I just have a hard time thinking drug use in any way is ok.

Overall, though, I enjoyed the book and would read more of his work. ( )
  Shannon29 | Jun 25, 2015 |
I resisted picking this up for a long time, but then a bookcrossed copy crossed my path, concurrently with another recommendation. I was right the first time. As I said in my review for Catcher in the Rye, I didn't empathize with or understand or care about the character(s) - and is that my fault, or the author's? ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
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Whereas ''Naked'' reads like a series of overlapping autobiographical essays, this volume feels more like a collection of magazine pieces or columns on pressing matters like the care and feeding of family pets and the travails of dining in Manhattan. But if Mr. Sedaris sometimes sounds as though he were making do with leftover material, ''Talk Pretty'' still makes for diverting reading.
The gifted Sedaris has not been hard enough on himself. At the risk of sounding patronizing, I suspect there is a better writer in there than he is as yet willing to let out.
This collection is, in its way, damned by its own ambitious embrace of variety; with so many pieces assembled, the stronger ones always punish the weaker... But reading or listening to David Sedaris is well worth the lulls for the thrills.

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"It's a pretty grim world when I can't even feel superior to a toddler." Welcome to the curious mind of David Sedaris, where dogs outrank children, guitars have breasts, and French toddlers unmask the inadequacies of the American male. Sedaris inhabits this world as a misanthrope chronicling all things petty and small. In Me Talk Pretty One Day Sedaris is as determined as ever to be nobody's hero--he never triumphs, he never conquers--and somehow, with each failure, he inadvertently becomes everybody's favorite underdog. The world's most eloquent malcontent, Sedaris has turned self-deprecation into a celebrated art form--one that is perhaps best experienced in audio. "Go Carolina," his account of "the first battle of my war against the letter s" is particularly poignant. Unable to disguise the lisp that has become his trademark, Sedaris highlights (to hilarious extent) the frustration of reading "childish s-laden texts recounting the adventures of seals or settlers named Sassy or Samuel." Including 23 of the book version's 28 stories, two live performances complete with involuntary laughter, and an uncannily accurate Billie Holiday impersonation, the audio is more than a companion to the text; it stands alone as a performance piece--only without the sock monkeys. (Running time: 5 hours, 4 cassettes) --Daphne Durham

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David Sedaris moved from New York to Paris where he attempted to learn French. His teacher, a sadist, declared that every day spent with him was like giving birth the Caesarean way! These hilarious essays were inspired by that move.

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