Calypso came as a complete surprise to me. When Sedaris was younger and still hungry his books were edgy, smart and funny. This latest offering comes across as lazy, entitled, bitchy and as gross as the ongoing tumor joke. And btw the 'tumor joke' was not in any way funny. From a disappointed fan - the worst kind.
This is my first foray into David Sedaris' work...all I can say is that I cannot understand how anyone could give this less than 5 stars. I laughed out LOUD at least once with every essay. Even on the el, where I hate to make a peep.
Listened to parts of first 2 disc's. Six disc's too much to endure. Interesting David lives in England. Some years ago he had a story on public Radio. He was hired as an elf at a mall during Christmas season. Was very entertaining.
Have loved David Seders for YEARS, but this was definitely a darker book. Albeit, very funny, but a lot more poignant and thoughtful moments than some of his other books. Still enjoyed!
I have never read anything by Sedaris before. I'd call it a sad,silly,hoity toity of a tale. The part when they were together after their expensive trashy shopping spree, and compared the clothing to that of a mental patients, was suppose to be funny. Then, later when Tiffany showed up at his show, with those shoes on, he had the door slammed on her. It was drop dead tears. This stuff is indeed very dark. At least the cat made out ok somewhat, because the turtles did not. When they found out a way to better their lives together, they did it reluctantly. Hugh may be holding out for something more, he seems the type for always something more. Gross sh.. at times throughout the book, yet this is life.
In a perfect world David Sedaris would produce and publish one new essay daily. Until then, this'll have to suffice. Loved it, as I love everything he writes.
So funny, I laughed through out the entire book. If you enjoyed his other books then you'll like Calypso as well.
This is the mature, gifted, deep, thoughtful yet hilarious, sweet, sensitive, eccentric, adorable writer that has become of the once sarcastic Crumpet in Santaland Diaries. It's hardly the same writer, actually, as now instead of living through awful employment and being young and poor, the narrator explores the death of his mother and sister. The writing is magic. Nobody voluntarily wants to read about someone's sister's sad suicide or mother's painful alcoholism, but nobody writes like David Sedaris. It's sweet, it's bitter, it's bittersweet, and it's so touching and heartwarming and joyful that instead of feeling kind of down about life, as you would with such subject matter, you want to go do something crazy and spontaneous to celebrate life.
There's so much more than the dour subject here, and the brilliance of this narrator is the way he brings you into the joys of picking up trash and hosting a variety of different kinds of people in his various residences, all while doing what we all do: judging and yet trying not to judge because we're worrying about what we sound like to others. Or maybe that's just me. No, it's not. David Sedaris does what we all do, only he admits it and shares it with more humor and entertainment and love than any other writer alive today. Every book he writes is a gift to those of us who get tired of living in our own less-than-amazing little lives. We're okay. He's one of us.
I am a long-time fan of Sedaris, and I liked this quite a bit, although I didn't laugh as often as I might have... there are some dark essays in this book about the death of his sister and mother, and the aging of his father. Still funny, but more tragicomic.
I've been a fan of Sedaris's deadpan quips since I first read Me Talk Pretty One Day in the early 2000s. He is real and unapologetic in his observations. Calypso follows in the same tradition and there are out-loud laughs to be had in every chapter, along with darker observations about life, love, and family.
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