Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Me Talk Pretty One Day

David Sedaris' move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including the title essay, about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section. His family is another inspiration. You Can't 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 ...


Details Me Talk Pretty One Day

TitleMe Talk Pretty One Day
ISBN9780349113913
Author
Release DateOct 7th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Humor, Autobiography, Memoir, Writing, Essays, Short Stories
Rating

Reviews Me Talk Pretty One Day

  • Brian
    2007-10-02
    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 o...
  • Kasia
    2008-11-24
    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.
  • Tim
    2007-08-01
    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 ...
  • David
    2010-08-16
    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. Be...
  • Jen
    2017-03-28
    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 fre...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2012-12-05
    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...
  • Carrie
    2008-04-29
    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 persona...
  • Matthew
    2017-02-07
    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...
  • Gemma
    2008-02-13
    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 th...
  • kian
    2017-04-12
    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 پ...
  • Fabian
    2011-02-15
    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...
  • Bob
    2008-07-03
    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. Yet...I 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 sure...but what I found truly halarious was that he didn't even realize that h...
  • Gypsy
    2015-04-16
    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 قد...
  • FeReSHte
    2015-02-12
    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 رفتم..ژانری که بخش زیادیش با مسائل فرهنگی همون جا آمیخته شدهشاید برای ...
  • Parastoo Ashtian
    2014-08-03
    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 ک...
  • Glenn Sumi
    2014-03-09
    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,...
  • Ginger
    2018-01-19
    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 ...
  • Ms. Smartarse
    2018-04-11
    I like funny stuff a lot. So much so, that I'm always on the lookout for a good quote to use as a timely comeback. I say this fully aware, that I will most probably end up misquoting it, and thus ruin the whole thing. But the principle of the thing stands: I read something that might have related to this thing... somehow.Me Talk Pretty One Day is one of those books that sounded suspiciously preachy... based on its title alone. But then I stumbled...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    2018-07-29
    This is the first book I've read by Sedaris, but I will certainly be picking up more in the future! He writes witty essays about his life, this collection specifically focusing on a period when he moved to Paris and was learning French, with other stories sprinkled in. His writing was funny without trying to be too edgy, punny, or forced. The audiobook is narrated by him, and there's even certain parts of it that are recordings of live readings. ...
  • Erica
    2007-07-03
    "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 recite...
  • Jason Koivu
    2008-11-22
    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 hilar...
  • کتابخانه ي ما
    2013-07-23
    ... 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 ه...
  • Shovelmonkey1
    2010-06-26
    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 Dav...
  • Dana
    2017-08-19
    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...
  • Farnoosh Farahbakht
    2015-02-20
    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 ب...
  • Masoum
    2017-07-06
    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 ...
  • میعاد
    2015-06-29
    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...
  • Nasia
    2018-01-12
    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
  • Mohammadjavad Abbasi
    2016-02-22
    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 آ...