Me Talk Pretty One Day

Me Talk Pretty One Day

David Sedaris / Jan 26, 2020

Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris became a star autobiographer on public radio onstage in New York and on bestseller lists mostly on the strength of SantaLand Diaries a scathing hilarious account of his stint as a C

  • Title: Me Talk Pretty One Day
  • Author: David Sedaris
  • ISBN: 9780316776967
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback
  • David Sedaris became a star autobiographer on public radio, onstage in New York, and on bestseller lists, mostly on the strength of SantaLand Diaries, a scathing, hilarious account of his stint as a Christmas elf at Macy s It s in two separate collections, both worth owning, Barrel Fever and the Christmas themed Holidays on Ice Sedaris s caustic gift has not deserted hDavid Sedaris became a star autobiographer on public radio, onstage in New York, and on bestseller lists, mostly on the strength of SantaLand Diaries, a scathing, hilarious account of his stint as a Christmas elf at Macy s It s in two separate collections, both worth owning, Barrel Fever and the Christmas themed Holidays on Ice Sedaris s caustic gift has not deserted him in his fourth book, which mines poignant comedy from his peculiar childhood in North Carolina, his bizarre career path, and his move with his lover to France Though his anarchic inclination to digress is his glory, Sedaris does have a theme in these reminiscences the inability of humans to communicate The title is his rendition in transliterated English of how he and his fellow students of French in Paris mangle the Gallic language In the essay Jesus Shaves, he and his classmates from many nations try to convey the concept of Easter to a Moroccan Muslim It is a party for the little boy of God, says one Then he be die one day on two morsels of lumber, says another Sedaris muses on the disputes between his Protestant mother and his father, a Greek Orthodox guy whose Easter fell on a different day Other essays explicate his deep kinship with his eccentric mom and absurd alienation from his IBM exec dad To me, the greatest mystery of science continues to be that a man could father six children who shared absolutely none of his interests Every glimpse we get of Sedaris s family and acquaintances delivers laughs and insights He thwarts his North Carolina speech therapist for whom the word pen had two syllables by cleverly avoiding all words with s sounds, which reveal the lisp she sought to correct His midget guitar teacher, Mister Mancini, is unaware that Sedaris doesn t share his obsession with breasts, and sings Light My Fire all wrong as if he were a Webelo scout demanding a match As a remarkably unqualified teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago, Sedaris had his class watch soap operas and assign guessays on what would happen in the next day s episode It all adds up to the most distinctively skewed autobiography since Spalding Gray s Swimming to Cambodia The only possible reason not to read this book is if you d rather hear the author s intrinsically funny speaking voice narrating his story In that case, get Me Talk Pretty One Day on audio Tim Appelo

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      • David Sedaris

        David Sedaris is a Grammy Award nominated American humorist and radio contributor.Sedaris came to prominence in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay SantaLand Diaries He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994 Each of his four subsequent essay collections, Naked 1997 , Holidays on Ice 1997 , Me Talk Pretty One Day 2000 , Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim 2004 , and When You Are Engulfed in Flames 2008 have become New York Times Best Sellers.As of 2008, his books have collectively sold seven million copies Much of Sedaris humor is autobiographical and self deprecating, and it often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, Greek heritage, various jobs, education, drug use, homosexuality, and his life in France with his partner, Hugh Hamrick.Excerpted from.


    1. I just don't care for David Sedaris. There, I've said it. I've made peace with the fact. I have stared deep into the cockles of my heart, and forced myself to come to the only obvious-but-unpopular conclusion.I just don't care for David Sedaris.It was somewhat of an existential struggle for me to reach this conclusion because I'm exactly the kind of person who should like David Sedaris.I am a sarcastic Generation Xer with an overdeveloped sense of irony. I enjoy reading personal essays about poi [...]

    2. That about sums it up.Because, what's the point to these anecdotes? Are you trying to tell me something Mr. Sedaris? I think not. You think you're funny? Meh, not that funny. Special? You're not that special either. You're a writer, just another writer. What's the big deal? As I said, I don't care much for your little stories. Seriously, my dear, I don't give a damn.

    3. Witty, wry, bitter, delightful.My mom gave me the book. I was living in France at the time, so she thought David Sedaris and I would have a ton in common. She went to a Sedaris booksigning to get a personalized message to her gay son in France. After he was done reading, she jumped up to get him to write a note to me, "David! My son is gay! He's living in France right now, please sign this copy for him!" He had already started an orderly signing process, going down the rows. He looked at her dis [...]

    4. I've been thinking a lot about this, and I have come to the conclusion that David Sedaris is one of the worst human beings in history, i.e since human beings were first invented by an incompetent, Jerry Lewis-like god or by the inscrutable permutations of natural phenomena. This isn't a moral judgment. It's more like when someone tells you that you have spinach stuck in your teeth. It's both the mere reportage of a fact and a public service. Because, after all, you wouldn't want to walk around a [...]

    5. Sedaris is a quirky kind of writer. I needed a palate cleanser after the last few heavy reads and this one delivered. From a betrayal of the tongue (which required speech therapy), to a midget music teacher and some various comical moments in his life, his memoir had me chuckling out loud and talking about it to whomever was in the room. But alas, a third of the way in, it read like a rant and I quickly became bored. What began as a breath of fresh air became stale but did give a final gasp at t [...]

    6. Me talk Pretty one day, David Sedaris (1956)Me Talk Pretty One Day, published in 2000, is a bestselling collection of essays by American humorist David Sedaris. The book is separated into two parts. The first part consists of essays about Sedaris’s life before his move to Normandy, France, including his upbringing in suburban Raleigh, North Carolina, his time working odd jobs in New York City, and a visit to New York from a childhood friend and her bumpkinish girlfriend. The second section, "D [...]

    7. If I were in someone else's bathroom and there were no other reading materials except for something by David Sedaris, I would pick it up and flip through it. I probably would even find myself slightly amused. But my basic opinion about David Sedaris - which is that he is boring, not very funny, mean and bitchy, and too lazy to write a novel - would remain unchanged. Remember when people who had fucked up or interesting lives drew on their personal experiences to create artful, often symbolic sto [...]

    8. Another collection of Sedaris tales as we have come to know and love. His cynical banter and humorous anecdotes shine again. While some might say the same old formula gets old, with Sedaris it is expected and greatly appreciated. (I even heard he changed the formula in a recent book and it was not well received)I listened to the audio and love hearing the words from the mouth of the author. His delivery and timing are perfect - which I suppose is to be expected as they are his words, but not eve [...]

    9. This book has been my tube companion for the past fortnight. It is the perfect accompaniment to the London commute for two reasons:1) The essays are perfectly formed, so you can be assured that you'll be able to finish 3 little chunks over 40 minutes or so. Once the train trundled into Westminster station I would know to quicken my pace so as to finish another section before alighting at Blackfriars and elbowing some bankers.2) My tube line is the epitome of the British stiff upper lip. People's [...]

    10. با ترجمه پيمان خاكسار. هرگز به عمرم نديدم پدرم جز از قفسه‌هايي كه بالايشان نوشته: حراج به دليل نزديكي تاريخ انقضا، چيزي بردارد. تمام اقلام قفسه‌هاي ديگر براي او نامرئي بودند.به خاطر چيزي كه مادرم «يه جو شخصيت» مي‌ناميد، من و خواهرانم به ندرت وارد اتاق پشتي مي‌شديم. بهتر بود [...]

    11. Yes. I realize this book is supposed to be hilarious. Yes. I realize I'm not a hip gen-x'er if I don't happen to think it is. YetI feel like Sedaris accurately summed up his entire approach to writing on page 44: "True art was based upon despair, and the important thing was to make yourself and those around you as miserable as possible." He meant this as satire, I'm surebut what I found truly halarious was that he didn't even realize that he just described the book I was currently reading.Upon d [...]

    12. A reviewer was correct when he said: "Sedaris can turn a rant into a thing of beauty." (Michael Upchurch-Seattle Times) But only correct about the noun/verb "rant." That he does in profusion; all these "essays" are rants about his life and times. But "Thing of beauty?"Absolutely not.For a popular writer, Mr. Sedaris maintains that he is more important than anything else, anybody else, any other subject. He only looks at himself in situations and tells us his witty reactions/musings. Funny, a lit [...]

    13. ریویو رو دو بار نوشتم و پاک شد و منم خب لجباز بازم می نویسم. با پی سی دیگه ای دارم می تایپم و خعلی تحت فشارم. :دی خیلی خلاصه می گم. من آدمی ام که دنبال خندیدنم و این کتاب بهم ندادش راستشو بخواین. نه این که اصلاْ نخندم یا بگم لوس و خنک و مسخره بود. ولی اون قدرام خنده دار نبود. نهایت خند [...]

    14. طنز جالبی که بی مزه نباشه ژانریه که تو محصولات فرهنگی داخلی کمتر بهش برخورد کردم و کمبودش رو همیشه حس میکنم و به ناچار برای تجربه ش سراغ سریالها و فیلم ها و کتابهای عمدتا امریکایی رفتمژانری که بخش زیادیش با مسائل فرهنگی همون جا آمیخته شدهشاید برای من قسمت زیادی از لذت کتاب،ناش [...]

    15. Incredibly, this is the first Sedaris book I've read, and it more than lives up to the hype.Calling him a humourist doesn't do him justice. Sure, he's read-aloud-to-your-friends funny, but he's also a shrewd social satirist and very, very smart, able to evoke the pain of childhood speech therapy classes, the humiliation of learning French as an adult, or the mortification of finding a huge turd in a friend's toilet (this latter story, by the way, is only in the abridged audio version of the book [...]

    16. هیچ‌وقت مدافع سرسخت فرانسوی‌ها نبوده‌ام ولی واقعا باید به ملتی که تحت هیچ شرایطی موقع فیلم تماشا کردن حرف نمی‌زنند احترام گذاشت. من این‌جا کنار گروهی بچه مدرسه‌ای که به دیدن یک فیلم مزخرف بزن‌بکش آمده‌اند نشسته‌ام و حتی یک نفر لب از لب باز نکرده. آخرین باری که در یک سینما [...]

    17. 3.5 stars from me!My real life book club choose this for our January book read. I'm glad they did because this was a funny and quirky book to read. I enjoyed all the stories of his family, his time in Paris, living in NYC and also trying to learn how to speak French.David Sedaris has a unique and funny way of looking at situations and I loved it! I will definitely read more books of his in the future.Recommended for people who like to laugh, who like witty dialogue and who do not get offended by [...]

    18. "You could turn up your nose at the president or Coke or even God, but there were names for boys who didn't like sports.""Lisa had been born with a lazy leg that had refused to grow at the same rate as it's twin. I liked the idea that a part of one's body might be thought of as lazy--not thoughtless or hostile, just unwilling to extend itself for the betterment of the team.""She was what we called Tanorexic.""My father is the type who once recited a bawdy limerick: "A woman I know who's quite bl [...]

    19. هر روز به ما می‌گویند که داریم در بهترین کشور دنیا زندگی می‌کنیم؛ همیشه هم به عنوان یک حقیقت غیرقابل انکار بیان می‌شود امریکا بهترین کشور دنیاست. با این باور بزرگ می‌شوی و وقتی یک روز می‌فهمی که کشورهای دیگر هم برای خودشان شعار ناسیونالیستی دارند و هیچ کدام‌شان هم این نیس [...]

    20. As the title suggests, much of Me Talk Pretty One Day revolves around speech and speaking: > Back in school lil' David (I guess he's still kind of little, isn't he) was forced into correcting his sibilant speech by a highly determined therapist. We're led to wonder if she wasn't stamping out boys' lisps through out the North Carolina school with an ulterior motive.> A move from NY to Paris prompts David to take French lessons in France with hilarious results. But that's about all there is [...]

    21. My first foray into the world of David Sedaris was “Exploring Diabetes with Owls”, which is arguably one of his lowest rated books. I, however enjoyed it, and when I saw a kindle daily deal of all his books I decided to grab a bunch. I figured if I enjoyed his low rated book than subsequently his older books would only get better and better for me. And it seems like my random haul paid off because I really loved this book. I feel like reading this in public would be a great idea for shy peop [...]

    22. Before I picked up this book I knew nothing about David Sedaris. If someone said to me now, "so why should I give a damn about David Sedaris" I probably still wouldn't be able to offer an adequate defence. What does David Sedaris do? Ummmm, I think he writes books about being David Sedaris. But, to be fair and accurate he writes pretty funny books about being David Sedaris so if you think that comedy trumps vanity then come on in and join the David Sedaris club. On the whole I suspect that David [...]

    23. I live in a town in France with a shortage of bookshops which carry books in English and sometimes, in spite of the huge choices available online, I get a desperate urge to linger in a real bookshop, combing the shelves for treasure. Invariably, when I visit the one here, I find that I already own most of the more readable books they stock so sometimes I just take a chance based on the cover and the blurb. I liked the title of this collection of short pieces by David Sedaris and it said 'Wildly [...]

    24. وقتی کتاب رو شروع کردم انتظار کلی خنده و قهقه زدن داشتم اما توی بخش اول کتاب با اینکه داستان ها خیلی خوب بود ولی چند تا لبخند بیشتر نصیبم نشد. اما سداریس توی بخش دوم حسابی جبران کرد و داستان ها مخصوصا قسمت های مربوط به یادگیری زبان فرانسه فوق العاده بود.داستان ها مسائل روزمره ای [...]

    25. خُب دیگه، از این به بعد کافیه اسم سداریسُ رو جلد کتابی ببینم، بدون خوندن عنوان می‌خرمش و می‌رم سراغش! این کتاب یه روند مشخص داستانی نداره، هر بخشش یه داستان جداست ولی خب از لحاظ محتوایی مرتبطن با هم.زبانش طنزه و خیلی جاهاش بوده که قهقهه زدم، و فک می‌کنم با این وجود کتاب زبان ا [...]

    26. If you ever bump into me on a bus and I'm staring at a screen laughing my a** off, it's because I'm reading Sedaris. 4.5/5

    27. ترجمه یMe Talk Pretty One Dayمعمولاً طنزهای ترجمه شده آدم را نمی خندانند امّا این یکی استثنا بود!اوّلین بار همین قصّه ی «من را یک روزی دلبر حرف زدن»!!!اش را خواندم (که با عنوان «زیر آسمان پاریس» توسّط احسان لطفی ترجمه و در همشهری داستان آذر 1389 منتشر شده بود) و چه بسیار خنده شد! بعد گذاشتمش [...]

    28. از اون دسته از آدمایی هستم که حتی با بی مزه ترین طنز های تو کتاب هم کلی میخندم :دی این کتاب هم منو خندوند ولی اونقدر که انتظار داشتم نبود.معمولا بعد از خوندن چند تا کتاب جدی حتما باید به کتاب طنز بخونم تا روحیه ام عوض بشه.کتاب بیشتر شبیه فیلم های کمدی آمریکایی هست از همونایی که بی [...]

    29. دركل كتاب دوست داشتنى اى بود ! ولى به خاطر اينكه داره خاطرات پراكنده رو تعريف ميكنه و قرار نيست يه داستان واحد رو بگه اونجورى نيست كه جذبت كنه و بخواى ببينى چى ميشه! فقط به عنوان يه كتاب طنز خوبه و چندتا از داستاناش خيلى خيلى بامزن البته تو ترجمه فارسى به خاطر اينكه يه سرى جمله ه [...]

    30. Very very funny and David reading these stories himself was just the icing of the cake. Lots of lol moments, especially precious memories. Read again on 22 January, 2012 ,Recently a goodread friend asked me whether he should read David Sedaris. I said yes, of course, but at the same time, I started rummaging around my place, turning my house upside down looking for my audiobook CD. Reading Margaret Atwood got me in a really gloomy mood recently, but David Sedaris has successfully cheered me up a [...]

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