Me Talk Pretty One Day

Me Talk Pretty One Day

eBook - 2009
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A new collection from David Sedaris is cause for jubilation. His recent move to Paris has inspired hilarious pieces, including Me Talk Pretty One Day, about his attempts to learn French. His family is another inspiration. You Cant 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 and cashiers with 6-inch fingernails. Compared by The New Yorker to Twain and Hawthorne, Sedaris has become one of our best-loved authors. Sedaris is an amazing reader whose appearances draw hundreds, and his performancesincluding a jaw-dropping impression of Billie Holiday singing I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weinerare unforgettable. Sedariss essays on living in Paris are some of the funniest hes ever written. At last, someone even meaner than the French! The sort of blithely sophisticated, loopy humour that might have resulted if Dorothy Parker and James Thurber had had a love child. Entertainment Weekly on Barrel Fever Sidesplitting Not one of the essays in this new collection failed to crack me up; frequently I was helpless. The New York Times Book Review on Naked
Publisher: New York, NY : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown & Co./Hachette Book Group, 2009.
Edition: 1st eBook ed.
ISBN: 9780316073653
0316073652
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE

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mslighthearted
Dec 29, 2017

I chose this as the last book selection of the year for my Books & Beer book club and it was to mixed reviews. At the risk of being sexist, most of the members that attended this month were female and I believe, for the most part, David Sedaris' type of humor might be a little more well received by those of us toting around a Y chromosome. That being said, I LOVED it!

I was having a difficult time getting my hands on a copy (I tend to borrow or buy used copies of most books) so I ended up first listening to the audio book. In my opinion, that was the best way to introduce yourself to Sedaris. Dry, almost-monotone, lisp-peppered... his delivery, if you are not familiar with him, brings his essays to life. I also read the digital version but I found I missed Sedaris' narration.

On a bad note: the audio book only appears to come in an abridged version so six of the essays were cut (65 pages or so) from the final product. None of them were among my favorites but I don't do abridged.

Notable essays: Go Carolina, Today's Special, See You Again Yesterday, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Make That a Double, I Pledge Allegiance to the Bag, and Picka Pocketoni.

As a French-as-a-second-language person myself, I loved, and could relate to, every inane French grammar rule Yes, vagina SHOULD be a feminine noun, not a masculine noun. MA VAGINE, not mon vagin! I tried to start a rebellion to have all females retake ownership of their vaginas (but the masculine modifier still prevails.)

Favourite quote (only because puns are my guilty form of pleasure):

David Sedaris on audiobooks: If a person who constantly reads is a bookwork, then I was quickly becoming a tapeworm.

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williamkricket
Jun 30, 2017

Absolutely hilarious; especially "part deux"

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Wanda793521
Jan 23, 2015

This book is so funny. I laughed so hard while reading it.

YAOWEN Oct 19, 2014

I guess I had too high an expectation for this book since people were talking about how hilarious this book was. Also, t's more than true that people have their own taste of humor. The first 2-3 chapters were fun to read, especially the first one. After a while, I don't know why by I started to find things repetitive and my disappointment made it a real torment to drill through the book.

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Yoo_hoo5
Jul 06, 2014

This book came highly recommended, so, of course, my expectation was really high. I suppose that set the benchmark a little too high, because it didn't seem to be as hilarious as many said it is. That's my opinion though. Everyone has a different idea of what constitutes humor, so others may fall out of their chair laughing.

ser_library Jan 21, 2014

a book to read in snatches; boring if read straight through

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molmil8
Jan 07, 2014

I started reading David Sedaris's short stories since I heard him interviewed on CBC Q. Since then I have been through just about every one of his short story collections. Quick reads, funny, and the human behaviour observations are as entertaining as they are poignant. The occasional story may be a little over the line, but I have rarely picked up one of these books without reading it in one sitting.

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jenathy
Jun 09, 2013

I didn't get it :(

JCLRachelN Apr 16, 2013

In his third collection of autobiographical essays, Sedaris pulls out humorous situations in his life where language played a large role. If you find you enjoy him, look for the audio versions of his work - he (and sometimes his sister, Amy) reads, taking the humor to the next level.

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vwruleschick
Sep 28, 2012

Heard good things about the book, but unfortunately did not wow me. It is shame as I was looking forward to reading. Though the writer did have some interesting stories about his life, his experiences and his personal insights, it just fell flat for me.

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kamhutchinson May 22, 2013

"It's a common mistake for vacationing Americans to assume that everyone around them is French and therefore speaks no English whatsoever. [...] An experienced traveler could have told by looking at my shoes that I wasn't French. And even if I were French, it's not as if English is some mysterious tribal dialect spoken only by anthropologists and a small population of cannibals."

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