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Me Talk Pretty One Day

by David Sedaris

Little, Brown And Company | June 5, 2001 | Trade Paperback

Me Talk Pretty One Day is rated 4.3889 out of 5 by 18.
A recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris, bestselling author of "Naked", presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French. A number one national bestseller now in paperback.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 in

Published: June 5, 2001

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316776963

ISBN - 13: 9780316776967

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny, but crude This is a series of essays about random topics, observations of life and people surrounding the author. He is very insightful, observant and funny. He describes situations so well, I was laughing out loud. His descriptions of his time in France and his attempts at the language were especially funny. However, some of the book is just plain crude, which detracts from his otherwise witty writing.
Date published: 2011-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very entertaining! I think that I heard a clip of David Sedaris on iTunes which inspired me to pick up this book. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but it was definitely not what I read. Perhaps something less intelligent, more shallow, with poorer writing? The book was definitely better than I anticipated. In a series of humorous and nostalgic autobiographical essays, Sedaris reflected upon his childhood and other memorable moments in his life. Although some of the stories became a bit long and overly descriptive for me, others more than made up for it. Occasionally I even found myself near tears at the quirky absurdity of his observations. After finishing the book, I searched for some of the stories on youtube and was happily surprised to learn that his readings are even more entertaining. I will definitely be seeking out more of his work, and I may actually download some of his readings, so that I can have the delicious auditory experience as well.
Date published: 2010-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Getting to know David Sedaris David Sedaris doesn’t pull any punches while introducing us to his eclectic family, and observing the entertaining and often ridiculous idiosyncrasies of common Americans, as well as the French. Me Talk Pretty One Day is laugh-out-loud funny as Sedaris has the ability to expose and turn any seemingly ordinary situation into hilarity, by picking it apart and applying a healthy dose of sarcasm and a honed wit. To think that the foundation of his extended vocabulary in elementary school was due to using a thesaurus to find s-free alternatives in order to escape his pronounced lisp and keep the loathsome school appointed speech therapist, or as he referred to her, ‘articulation coach,’ off his back. Although it is hard to pick a favourite from these 27 insightful and animated recollections, I find myself partial to the stories detailing his family and their quirky personalities. I think it would be quite the event to be a fly on the wall at one of their traditional Greek Orthodox Easter dinners. I look forward to reading more of Sedaris’ comedic moxie. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny This book made me laugh out loud. This is a light read for times when you don't want to steep yourself in something that requires a lot of your time. I read this book a chapter a night, and found myself going to bed with a smile on my face. David Sedaris' warm, yet self-deprecating, style of humour charms the reader from the get-go. You will find yourself chuckling from the very start.
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hi-Larious If you are looking for something that will make you laugh out loud, this is definitely a good choice. If not just for the chapter entitled "You Can't Kill The Rooster", there was not a point while reading this book where I thought 'eh, this could have been funnier'. He speaks candidly about his family, his childhood and everything that brought him to where he is today. David Sedaris is in one word, HILARIOUS! I highly reccomend this to anyone who enjoys real humour.
Date published: 2007-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from . Having a lisp, not 'hearing' jazz, not being able to play an instrument, not being able to speak French, not being able to talk to your boyfriend. We can all identify with not being able to do something. What makes David Sedaris's book so self-reflexively charming, is that he communicates so well what it's like to not communicate well with others. I was impressed with the candor with which Sedaris wrote his autobiographical essays. He approaches his life in a way that neither brings attention to, nor discounts his social deviance. It is (or was), and that is all. He openly describes his addiction to almost all forms of narcotics, "For the first twenty years of my life I rocked myself to sleep. Throughout the next twenty-two years I lay still and discovered that after a few minutes I could drop off with no problem. Follow seven beers with a couple of scotches and a thimble of good marijuana, and it's funny how sleep sort of comes on it's own. I'm now told that this is not called 'going to sleep' but rather 'passing out,' a phrase that carries a distinct hint of judgement." While relentlessly judging himself, he openly judges other people, places and things. No personal deformity, no perverse pleasure, no horribly clogged toilet is beyond his watchful eye and scribbling pen. While visiting Paris, Sedaris finds himself unwittingly enrolled in a french class taught by a ruthless dictator. As things go from bad to worse, he turns to his classmates for consolation, "My only comfort was the knowledge that I was not alone. Huddled in the hallways and making the most of our pathetic French, my fellow students and I engaged in the sort of conversation commonly overheard in refugee camps. 'Sometime me cry alone at night.' 'That be common for I, also, but be more strong, you. Much work and someday you talk pretty. People start love you soon. Maybe tomorrow, okay.'" This book could have been relegated to the annals of humorous obscura, were it not so superbly crafted. Sedaris has a knack for the turned phrase and the gift of understatement. The rhythm and timing of each paragraph pushes you, snickering and screaming, towards the final page. It is so good to be bad, through the eyes of someone who can write bad so good.
Date published: 2007-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Staggeringly Funny. This collection of autobiographical stories is a must-read. The phrase "laugh out loud funny" could have been invented for this so be careful where you read it because you will be snorting.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny as hell! This book and Naked are his two best. You will not be able to hold your laughter inside. He is truly a gifted storyteller and takes you with him back to his upbringing in hysterical ways. He writing is wry and blistering. The minute I finished it I wanted to start it again. I've read everything he has written and can't wait for his next book.
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from everyone loves the underdog I kept reading reviews that described this book as "hilarious" and "witty", and I approached it with some reservation, worried that it might be an egocentric account of reasons why everyone except the author is an idiot. However, I was pleasantly surprised by Sedaris' self-depricating brand of humour. He recounts a number of his own life experiences in a series of short stories that cover many different eras of his life, generally focusing on the ridiculousness of the situations he gets himself into. Funny in a not-trying-too-hard sort of way.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Totally hilarious I love this book, mostly because of part 2, where Sedaris describes his difficulties with the French language. As an American living in Montreal, I've had similar problems remembering genders of seemingly gender-neutral items, so it was all the more amusing to read about his solutions to these problems. The humour mainly comes from a cultural divide between the U.S. and France, but the rest of the essays are laugh-out-loud funny as well. As usual, Sedaris cracks me up with stories about his family -- particularly his sister Amy in a fat-suit.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Me think book is good My brother recommended this one to me- it's a great read! The chapters are short so you can read it on breaks...but then it's hard to put down. His writing is easy to read- very conversational and funny! Warning: not to be read on the bus unless you don't mind people staring at you while you laugh out loud!
Date published: 2006-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of The Best One of the best from one of the best authors out there today. Serious and funny. Witty and charming. Well worth the time....wonderful page turner. I want to also recommend Nightmares Echo and Running With Scissors.
Date published: 2005-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Me Laugh Lots One Day I LOVED this book! David Sedaris has such a satirical view on life, yet somehow it is impossible not to relate to every one of his short stories. This is a book I passed on to many friends and even the non-readers enjoyed it!
Date published: 2004-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Funniest Books I've Read! A friend loaned me this book and I have to say it's one of the funniest things I've ever read... the kind of book that makes you laugh out loud while you're reading it, and giggle even thinking about it. Warning: if you have a conservative sense of humour, you may not appreciate Sedaris' razor-sharp wit!
Date published: 2003-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fresh, funny, laugh out loud... From childhood to adulthood, these short stories are vignettes from Sedaris' own colourful life. This book's fresh humour and the uniquely witty style that can only be described as typically Sedaris, will have you laughing out loud. If you enjoyed his previous books (Naked, Barrel Fever) -- you'll eat this one up.
Date published: 2002-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I enjoyed this book tremendously!! Every so often we need a book like this to make us laugh out loud. I Definitley will pass this along to friends.
Date published: 2002-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Me talk now ... This was the first (of several) book by this author that I picked up. Full of witty biograpical stories that made me laugh out loud on occasion. A great read for people who want to be spell-bound for the length of 1 chapter at a time...great book!
Date published: 2001-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Me Talk Pretty One Day Great Book!!! Read it cover to cover in one day. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2000-09-02

– More About This Product –

Me Talk Pretty One Day

by David Sedaris

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 in

Published: June 5, 2001

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316776963

ISBN - 13: 9780316776967

From the Publisher

A recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris, bestselling author of "Naked", presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French. A number one national bestseller now in paperback.

About the Author

David Sedaris is a playwright and a regular commentator for National Public Radio. He is also the author of the bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. He travels extensively though Europe and the United States on lecture tours and lives in France

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13