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Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000)

av David Sedaris

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Me Talk Pretty One Day contains far more than just the funniest collection of autobiographical essays - it quite well registers as a manifesto about language itself. Wherever there's a straight line, you can be sure that Sedaris lurks beneath the text, making it jagged with laughter; and just where the fault lines fall, he sits mischievously perched at the epicenter of it all. David Sedaris's new collection, Me Talk Pretty One Day, tells a most unconventional life story. It begins with a North Carolina childhood filled with speech-therapy classes ("There was the lisp, of course, but more troubling than that was my voice itself, with its excitable tone and high, girlish pitch") and unwanted guitar lessons taught by a midget. From budding performance artist ("The only crimp in my plan was that I seemed to have no talent whatsoever") to "clearly unqualified" writing teacher in Chicago, Sedaris's career leads him to New York (the sky's-the-limit field of furniture moving) and eventually, of all places, France. Sedaris's move to Paris poses a number of challenges, chief among them his inability to speak the language. Arriving a "spooky man-child" capable of communicating only through nouns, he undertakes language instruction that leads him ever deeper into cultural confusion. Whether describing the Easter bunny to puzzled classmates, savoring movies in translation (It is Necessary to save the Soldier Ryan), or watching a group of men play soccer with a cow, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other--"Original, acid, and wild," said the Los Angeles Times--to every unforgettable encounter."--Jacket.… (mer)
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Very easy to read and funny for the most part. ( )
  _Marcia_94_ | Sep 21, 2021 |
Typically Sedarisian humor, some of which you'll know from his radio essays. The one about his parents' dogs gets me every time! ( )
  JBD1 | Sep 1, 2021 |
This is book of humour, and some other things, but mostly humour. It is a series of vignettes extracted from the life and times of the author. From his youth as a lisping boy, though his early adulthood as a substance abusing performance artist, to his adulthood as an Ex-patriot in France doing his very best to parlez avec les francophones, we follow as he leads us though his observations with a gentle hand and a smirk. But this book is much more than the sum of its parts.

As entertaining as it is, what you really get out of it is a new perspective on your own life-- in vicariously experiencing Sedaris' family life it is easy to slip into a mode wherein you relate personally with the subject at hand. All his neurosis are shared, along with delusions of grandeur, self deprecation, and missed efforts. All we as readers can do is sit back and think to ourselves: "yeah, I've done that." These tales are about more than just one's person's experience in exposition. They are about the human experience in all its fickle glory, and how funny it really is when we stop taking it so seriously. ( )
  dowswell | Jul 25, 2021 |
LISTEN to this one. David Sedaris is fantastic! ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
A friend recommended this to me way back in high school, around when it first came out. It was then recommended to me again in college, with specific directions to listen to the audio version. I finally got around to it, almost a decade later, and I wish I'd listened to it a lot earlier! I understand why it was recommended to me now, too--I speak French about the same as Sedaris describes speaking it, despite many years of classes. ( )
  inkstained | Apr 6, 2021 |
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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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Me Talk Pretty One Day contains far more than just the funniest collection of autobiographical essays - it quite well registers as a manifesto about language itself. Wherever there's a straight line, you can be sure that Sedaris lurks beneath the text, making it jagged with laughter; and just where the fault lines fall, he sits mischievously perched at the epicenter of it all. David Sedaris's new collection, Me Talk Pretty One Day, tells a most unconventional life story. It begins with a North Carolina childhood filled with speech-therapy classes ("There was the lisp, of course, but more troubling than that was my voice itself, with its excitable tone and high, girlish pitch") and unwanted guitar lessons taught by a midget. From budding performance artist ("The only crimp in my plan was that I seemed to have no talent whatsoever") to "clearly unqualified" writing teacher in Chicago, Sedaris's career leads him to New York (the sky's-the-limit field of furniture moving) and eventually, of all places, France. Sedaris's move to Paris poses a number of challenges, chief among them his inability to speak the language. Arriving a "spooky man-child" capable of communicating only through nouns, he undertakes language instruction that leads him ever deeper into cultural confusion. Whether describing the Easter bunny to puzzled classmates, savoring movies in translation (It is Necessary to save the Soldier Ryan), or watching a group of men play soccer with a cow, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other--"Original, acid, and wild," said the Los Angeles Times--to every unforgettable encounter."--Jacket.

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