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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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Somewhat entertaining. Pretty funny at times. Not terrible. Not great. ( )
  JEPartrick | May 2, 2017 |
I know everyone else must have read it years ago, but I had no idea it was about an American struggling to learn French while living in France. Reading in bed I let out a whoop and startled my husband; the other night I laughed so hard I almost cried.
Meaning to say “Do you understand me?” instead Sedaris says:
“You will understand me” (and) the citizens of France responded with blank stares. I picked up a few new words, but overall the situation seemed hopeless. Neighbors would drop by and I’d struggle to entertain then with a pathetic series of simple nouns.
“Food, ashtray, drink?”
“Yes,” they’d agree. “That is an ashtray all right.”

.....I returned to Normandy the following summer and resumed my identity as the village idiot. “See you again yesterday!” I said to butcher. « Ashtray, food ! »

If you want to rad more, I wrote a review for my blog replete with pictures: http://cindamackinnon.wordpress.com/blog/ ( )
  CindaMac | Mar 26, 2017 |
This isn't something I would normally have read, but I ended up with a copy of it. It is definitely not my favorite book. Still, it is nice to branch out sometime. The essays are interesting, sometimes amusing, and they give you a look into the life of the author.
  GretchenLynn | Mar 10, 2017 |
Sedaris is a very funny guy, and this is one of his best. ( )
  bjtimm | Nov 8, 2016 |
Me Talk Pretty One Day is a collection of (more or less) autobiographical short stories that often revolve around the topic of language, include David’s father Lou at several points and more often than not are very, very funny. Sedaris’ sharp wit, his self-deprecating sense of humor and his way to create vibrant characters out of his family members makes the entire thing work, even though, as usual, there were some stories I liked more than others.

Read more about each of the stories separately on my blog: https://kalafudra.com/2016/04/30/me-talk-pretty-one-day-david-sedaris/ ( )
  kalafudra | Sep 27, 2016 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316776963, Paperback)

"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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