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Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000)

de David Sedaris

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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… (més)
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In this witty collection, essayist David Sedaris turns his cranky gaze to his family, life in New York, and his efforts to learn French while living in France with his boyfriend. Sedaris is good at turning a phrase, but to me he came across as rather whiny. Moreover, this collection hasn't aged well; for example, there are many references to soap opera characters from defunct shows. I'm not sure I'll read any more by him. ( )
  akblanchard | Jan 18, 2023 |
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  gideonslife | Jan 5, 2023 |


Hmmm, more like 3.5 stars, really.

Well, that was strange.
I bought this book thinking it was a work of fiction, and it turns out it isn't. It's an autobiography by this Sedaris guy that I heard so much about, yet knew nothing of. So, how do you exactly read an autobiography of a certain someone you don't particularly care for? The fact it's sarcastic and odd helped.

It had its 'laugh-out-loud' moments. I seriously could not stop laughing at times. Even though I honestly cannot relate to David Sedaris in any way: he is a pretentious gay guy with a low IQ who finds science boring and is not passionate about music as much as I'd like. But, I guess that's what made the book hilarious. When Sedaris told something funny, it was REALLY funny and interesting; but when he told something 'ehhhh, okay', it was dull and boring for me.

I should read 'Naked' before forming my full opinion since most of his fans didn't like Me Talk Pretty One Day as much that book.

Still hate the author even though I enjoyed the book. Don't ask how that works. One thing I know for sure: he is DEFINITELY overrated, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable.
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  womanwoanswers | Dec 23, 2022 |
Apologies to those who’d rate it higher, and thanks to SJD & PJR for the Bday gift. It made me laugh out loud more than a couple times, which is a valuable service we all need and nothing to shake sticks at. But it’s not much more than a random series of laughs in an uneven and insubstantial matrix of often marginally related paragraphs, broken into very short – essays? chapters? vignettes? - not sure what to call them.

It’s a morsel of chocolate to quickly melt on your tongue sometime between meals of meat (or tofu) and vegetables. Nothing wrong with chocolate morsels, but shouldn’t be confused with the genuinely nutritious stuff (which requires actual digestion). And there’s more than a touch of half-conscious nihilism, but that’s de rigueur these days and going there would be implying more weight than the scale's needle indicates.
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  garbagedump | Dec 9, 2022 |
Very funny, although it took me a little bit to get tuned into his wavelink. He's pretty dry, and his delivery also was dry, but I like that type of humor. He's a little like a gay Seinfeld, though edgier. He basically talks about nothing special, just things supposedly from his life. This particular book was mainly about the times he spent in France with his boyfriend, and the experience of trying to learn the language. I could relate to that, because English is not my wife's first language.

His humor makes fun of himself as much or more than other people. I always like people who can laugh at themselves. I can imagine it would be enjoyable to spend some time talking to him ( )
  MartyFried | Oct 9, 2022 |
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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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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

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