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Me Talk Pretty One Day

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Anyone that has read NAKED and BARREL FEVER, or heard David Sedaris speaking live or on the radio will tell you that a new collection from him is cause for jubilation. His recent move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious new pieces, including 'Me Talk Pretty One Day', about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that 'every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section'. His family is another inspiration. 'You Can't Kill the Rooster' is a portrait of his brother, who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers of food and cashiers with six-inch fingernails.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 22mm | 240.4g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Abacus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0349113912
  • 9780349113913
  • 1,817

Review quote

Still keeps me company like a party guest who's been asked to spend the night...His essays about living in Paris are full of piss and vinegar and achingly funny. Armistead Maupin Audaciously combining memoir, essay, and what has to be fiction, this fourth collection of short pieces offers pleasures normally to be found only in the best novels and the rare standup act that is actually funny. THE NEW YORKER He is, simply, very funny... refusing to find anything an unfit subject for humour. SUNDAY TIMES A sophisticatedly funny take on modern life. Treat yourself to this book. IRISH TIMESshow more

Review Text

The undisputed champion of the self-conscious and the self-deprecating returns with yet more autobiographical gems from his apparently inexhaustible cache (Naked, 1997, etc.). Sedaris at first mines what may be the most idiosyncratic, if innocuous, childhood since the McCourt clan. Here is father Lou, whos propositioned, via phone, by married family friend Mrs. Midland (Oh, Lou. It just feels so good to . . . talk to someone who really . . . understands). Only years later is it divulged that Mrs. Midland was impersonated by Lous 12-year-old daughter Amy. (Lou, to the pranksters relief, always politely declined Mrs. Midlands overtures.) Meanwhile, Mrs. Sedarissoon after shes put a beloved sick cat to sleepis terrorized by bogus reports of a miraculous new cure for feline leukemia, all orchestrated by her bitter children. Brilliant evildoing in this family is not unique to the author. Sedaris (also an essayist on National Public Radio) approaches comic preeminence as he details his futile attempts, as an adult, to learn the French language. Having moved to Paris, he enrolls in French class and struggles endlessly with the logic in assigning inanimate objects a gender (Why refer to Lady Flesh Wound or Good Sir Dishrag when these things could never live up to all that their sex implied?). After months of this, Sedaris finds that the first French-spoken sentiment hes fully understood has been directed to him by his sadistic teacher: Every day spent with you is like having a cesarean section. Among these misadventures, Sedaris catalogs his many bugaboos: the cigarette ban in New York restaurants (Im always searching the menu in hope that some courageous young chef has finally recognized tobacco as a vegetable); the appending of company Web addresses to television commercials (Who really wants to know more about Procter & Gamble?); and a scatological dilemma that would likely remain taboo in most households. Naughty good fun from an impossibly sardonic rogue, quickly rising to Twainian stature. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

About David Sedaris

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and his most recent book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. The audio version of Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls was a Grammy nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. He is the author of the New York Times-bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Wicked Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris's pieces appear regularly in the New Yorker and have twice been included in 'The Best American Essays'. There are a total of ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into twenty-nine languages.show more

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