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Me Talk Pretty One Day
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on 5 December 2017
Make sure you listen to David Sedaris reading an excerpt from this (available on youtube) before you read it. I read the first few chapters without having done this and found it hard going, but once I'd heard how he speaks, understood the rhythm and emphasis he uses, it totally transformed the experience. Fantastically funny book which gets better and better. I wanted to read more and more.
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on 16 April 2017
Oh how I loved this book. David Sedaris and his adventures in learning to speak French made me cry with laughter, especially the terrifying teacher at the language classes. The way the other pupils rally round to help each other was particularly endearing. Read this if you have ever struggled to learn another language, or even if you haven't. It's classic Sedaris, enjoy!
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on 15 May 2017
I bought this because I've listened to David Sedaris reading/presenting his essays and while listening to him makes me laugh out loud, reading makes me smile broadly. Great stories, many of which are quite thought provoking as well as funny. If you enjoy reading short stories as opposed to a full length novel then these are a great modern take on the humorous short story.
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on 14 July 2017
This is a real mix of interesting, boring, funny and often excruciating reminiscences. Can't wholeheartedly recommend and don't plan to read any more of his work - but there were a few funny bits and it's generally very well written.
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on 26 August 2012
Another great set of essays by the marvellously funny David Sedaris. For anyone who hasn't read any of his works, I would advise you to listen to him reading some of them first (there are lots of readings available on YouTube) because if you can hear his voice in your mind while you're reading the book you'll appreciate it even more. He is a stylist, savagely funny, able to describe his childhood with such intricate and honest depth, often hilarious, sometimes really touching. His description of his battle with the speech therapist who was trying to teach him to pronounce his sibilants correctly is just side-splitting.

The book is a great, if not entirely politically correct, guide to growing up gay in a sometimes hostile and always bewildered world. Highly recommended.
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on 21 October 2017
Probably the funniest of his books, which is to say mostly very funny indeed. His piece on his descent into the ludicrous pretensions of conceptual art is itself worth the price of admission; several of the pieces on his attempts to learn French, and his observations of Americans in France, are also among his best.
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on 31 January 2018
Another book group choice. It was chosen because several of the members had liked his BBC broadcast, most of us did not enjoy the book. Some of it was funny, especially the early parts but it was a bit self absorbed.
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on 17 January 2017
I always enjoy books by David Sedaris. This is a wonderful collection of stories. I love the stories that include his family most of all or any that involve him. His sense of humour, delivery writing style and comic timing are the best.
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on 3 December 2017
I just love everything David Sedaris does. I'm always very sad when I come to end of one of his books. He is just so readable, so interesting and of course very funny.
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on 23 August 2013
I think his own reading of his work is even funnier than the prose itself, but some of these mini - essays are gems. "Jesus shaves" for example is a side splitting account of an intermediate French conversation class trying to explain the concepts of Easter, the Resurrection and especially the "Easter Bunny" with limited vocabulary- it's pure geniusnd painfully accurate observation (until he gets on to theology). This chapter would make the book worthwhile on it's own.
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