Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (2001, Paperback, Reprint)
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|A recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris, bestselling author of "Naked", presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French. A number one national bestseller now in paperback.|
David Sedaris became a star autobiographer on public radio, onstage in New York, and on bestseller lists, mostly on the strength of "SantaLand Diaries," a scathing, hilarious account of his stint as a Christmas elf at Macy's. (It's in two separate collections, both worth owning, Barrel Fever and the Christmas-themed Holidays on Ice.) Sedaris's caustic gift has not deserted him in his fourth book, which mines poignant comedy from his peculiar childhood in North Carolina, his bizarre career path, and his move with his lover to France. Though his anarchic inclination to digress is his glory, Sedaris does have a theme in these reminiscences: the inability of humans to communicate. The title is his rendition in transliterated English of how he and his fellow students of French in Paris mangle the Gallic language. In the essay "Jesus Shaves," he and his classmates from many nations try to convey the concept of Easter to a Moroccan Muslim. "It is a party for the little boy of God," says one. "Then he be die one day on two... morsels of... lumber," says another. Sedaris muses on the disputes between his Protestant mother and his father, a Greek Orthodox guy whose Easter fell on a different day. Other essays explicate his deep kinship with his eccentric mom and absurd alienation from his IBM-exec dad: "To me, the greatest mystery of science continues to be that a man could father six children who shared absolutely none of his interests." Every glimpse we get of Sedaris's family and acquaintances delivers laughs and insights. He thwarts his North Carolina speech therapist ("for whom the word pen had two syllables") by cleverly avoiding all words with s sounds, which reveal the lisp she sought to correct. His midget guitar teacher, Mister Mancini, is unaware that Sedaris doesn't share his obsession with breasts, and sings "Light My Fire" all wrong--"as if he were a Webelo scout demanding a match." As a remarkably unqualified teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago, Sedaris had his class watch soap operas and assign "guessays" on what would happen in the next day's episode. It all adds up to the most distinctively skewed autobiography since Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia. The only possible reason not to read this book is if you'd rather hear the author's intrinsically funny speaking voice narrating his story. In that case, get Me Talk Pretty One Day on audio. --Tim Appelo
|Number Of Pages||288 pages|
|Publisher||Little Brown & Company|
|LC Classification Number||PS3569.E314 M4|
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- whitytityDec 7, 2013by
This book sucks.
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- babbaabbyOct 7, 2011by
Hilarious book! Great stories.
I loved it! Just finished last night, and now I'm sad! I Laughed out loud, especially reading the chapter about IQ testing :-D
- got_it_girlNov 10, 2006by
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Dave Sedaris flaunts his skill once again. Naked, by Sedaris, was hard to follow. However, anyone who loves Paris will enjoy his stories about life abroad.<br><br>Sedaris isn't for anyone who takes life too seriously. No tolerance of talk of body functions, drug addiction or homosexuality? Don't read his work! I find Dave Sedaris someone who "calls it like he sees it." Sedaris is unabashed about his experiences and writes a great tale.<br><br>I shop Amazon.com and found that looking for Me Talk Pretty One Day to be less expensive on Ebay. People, shop around, look for the best bargain.<br><br>I will continue to pursue books by Sedaris since his wit and style help me see the lighter side of life at the end of the day.
- heybug069Jul 14, 2011by
Poignant and hysterically funny!!! Great read.
David Sedaris is a gifted writer who is both poignant and hysterically funny. Be ready to laugh out loud at many of his observations about human nature--all true.