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 DateMar 28th, 2017
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages272 pages
GenreHumor, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Writing, Essays, Short Stories
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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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Nina
    2007-09-27
    So I know this is totally cheating, but I never actually read this book, I listened to it on CD. And I am against the whole book-on-tape idea to begin with, but I needed something easy to listen to on my commute home a few months ago when I was still living all the way in NJ with my parents, and a lot of people whose sense of humor I appreciate told me David Sedaris was hysterical. Actually, I didn't even listen to the whole book, it was so bad I...
  • 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...
  • Masoomeh Tavakoli
    2013-08-08
    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 چ...
  • Fabian
    2011-02-15
    A reviewer was right 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 t...
  • Shayantani Das
    2011-06-24
    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, ...
  • Fionnuala
    2012-04-23
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • Paul
    2015-08-07
    For the uninitiated (a group I belonged to before I bought this book based on a recommendation) this book is a collection of... well, actually, I'm not entirely sure what I'd call them. According to the small print guff at the front of the book, these... pieces of creative writing, for want of a better term... were originally published in various magazines, newspapers and the like or broadcast on the radio, but they're not really essays or articl...
  • 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...
  • Mehrzad M.
    2015-04-07
    خیلی خندیدم ، زیادی خندیدم .هر جایی که این کتاب رو مطالعه می کردم ، توی اتوبوس یا مترو ، مطب پزشک یا خونه ، اونقدر خنده م می گرفت که باید جلوی خودم رو می گرفتم که گاف ندم ! نمی دونم چطور میشه این نوشته ها رو شخصیت های داستان رو دوست نداشت و همگام باهاشون ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2013-04-24
    I've actually expressed my deep, unconditional love for David Sedaris on this site before. With this re-read I realized my love might be a tad unhealthy. You see, last week I was reading this book while a character on a sitcom was reading "When You Are Engulfed In Flames". Rather than being happy that Sedaris was getting quite decent free press, I could only think of the masses of sheer IDIOTS who might venture out to Amazon, purchase something b...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kim
    2013-01-10
    David Sedaris has been on the edge of my consciousness for some time. I’m fairly sure that I’ve heard him interviewed on the radio. Or maybe he turned up in these parts to participate in a writers’ festival. In any event, I hadn’t read anyting written by him before and I read this book not because I sought it out, but because it was given to me as a gift. It was given to me because Sedaris writes about Paris and my friend thought that wou...
  • Thomas
    2010-03-31
    I came into this book expecting the voice of a pretentious, self-indulgent white male, and I finished this book smirking along with this funny, pretentious, and self-indulgent white male. I cannot judge David Sedaris as I do not know his true personality, but he portrays a quirky character in these essays. He reflects on concepts such as speech and family, and several of his pieces draw inspiration from his experience as an American living in Fra...
  • Lissa
    2007-09-28
    I read Me Talk Pretty One Day on the recommendation of my roommate, the fabulous WER. She gave me her copy of the book, so with a strong recommendation and a free read, I couldn’t possibly refuse. Me Talk Pretty One Day is a rough autobiography of writer and humorist David Sedaris. I say a “rough” autobiography because it is not told in chronological order, nor is it a straightforward chronological account of the events of his life. Instead...