Angry, sad, creepy, especially at the end of the book. Is this a cleansing for him? I used to really like David Sedaris.
This didn't have the edginess of Sedaris' earlier works. A bit of a disappointment.
This latest collection of essays by Dave Sedaris is darker than previous collections. in it he discusses the suicide and complex relationship with one of his sisters and the aging and frustrations with his father along with lighter topix such as travels with his siblings and the purchase of a beach house with his husband. He gives a frank and unvarnished description of his struggles with his family and his misanthropy. I think anyone with family struggles will connect with this collection.
A friend or two of mine had mentioned this book recently so I put it on hold at the library. As per usual I didn't know anything about it prior to checking it out - but that seems to be a recurring theme in my reading realm. I haven't read anything by David before, but apparently he is a pretty well known (and distinguished) author. When I shared on my Instagram stories that I had picked up this book I got a lot of feedback from folks who mentioned they had read it and that although his humor is a bit dark, it was a great book. I would have to agree with that assessment. This book is a bit of a memoir (a collection of essays from his life) that touches on some pretty deep topics - all while trying to poke a little fun at himself and keep it as lighthearted as possible. The stories center around him, his family and their relationships with one another. They are a dysfunctional bunch, but who isn't?! I wouldn't say each of the chapters made me 'LOL', but there were definitely some chuckles (and a few head shakes and maybe even a few gasps) throughout. I was able to read this in a couple hours and has me looking to see if our library carries any of his other titles. I would give it an 8 out of 10.
Had never heard of nor read any of his books prior to Calypso. I laughed a lot, so will try his others too.
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.
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