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Me Talk Pretty One Day Paperback – June 5, 2001
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Sedaris again proves he is perhaps the funniest writer in America. The best pieces in here are funny to the point that I almost needed an oxygen tank to restore normal breathing after laughing so hard for so long. In fact, the funniest pieces are so good that when you get to a story that merely makes you chuckle softly to yourself, it seems like a let-down.
The most consistently hilarious stories in "Me Talk Pretty One Day" are the ones dealing with the odd idiosyncrosies of Sedaris' father. However, by far the funniest story of the bunch had to be "You Can't Kill the Rooster", about Sedaris' foul-mouthed, white trash younger brother.
Admittedly, I started to get somewhat disappointed about halfway through the book, as that is where a few stories that can be best described as "filler" seemed to seep in. But I am happy to report that at that point the book quickly moves to the stories detailing Sedaris' experience of living in France, and the hilarity starts all over again. Recommending this is simple...if you like to laugh, read it, if you hate laughing, don't read it.
One warning: avoid reading this collection in public if laughing so hard you soak yourself is something you might find at all embarrassing. David Sedaris is simply the funniest person writing today.
Hmmmm. kinda makes you wonder....
Anyway, This is another hell-larious collection of stories by one of the funniest authors to grip a pen. The first half of this great book kinda extends on the Sedaris family lore that was touched upon in Barrel Fever and Naked. We learn about David's mom who perks up the Easter baskets with tobacco products, his dad who has an unusual warmth for rotting fruit, his brother The Rooster (not to be confused with the family pet) and his wickedly funny sister (amy sedaris from the comedy central show 'strangers with candy').
The second half of this riotously funny book is a string of tales of Davids (mis)adventures as a misanthropic American in Paris. Gene Kelly he is not...but that's what makes it so smashingly silly...
I really dig this book because it has that rare abiltiy to make you laugh out loud. And that's priceless in itself. I also really dig this book because while reading this, part of you will be thinking 'this boy really has problems...what a screwy family...' and the other part of you will be thinking 'Oh, my gosh...that reminds me of my sister...that reminds me of my crazy father...'. Which ever camp you're sitting in, this book will charm you right out of your seat... David Sedaris may talk pretty someday, but he writes amazingly right now.... xo
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sedaris is hilarious in his self deprecating humor. He navigates life's awkward, painful moments with with hilarity and paints vivid portraits of his quirky family.Published 3 days ago by Jennifer Thomson
Full of laughs, though I often found myself feeling sorry for Sedaris in his earlier strugglesPublished 5 days ago by Audrey Campbell
Worst book I've read in a long time. I may have enjoyed it more if I was an adolescent male but some how reading several pages about flushing a turd down a toilet just doesn't... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Liz A. Barry
I love David Sedaris. I bought this as a gift for my dad for Christmas so he could join in on the love.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not sure what all the fuss is about, but I thought the book was pretty painful to get through. There was one funny part, but the rest of it was just uncomfortable.Published 10 days ago by Amanda Graves
Read this book for my book club, found it entertaining, funny at time, serious at others. I enjoyed the book.Published 22 days ago by D. COOK