Monday, June 10, 2013

Review: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Me Talk Pretty One Day
By David Sedaris
Published by Back Bay Books, 2009
Source: purchased ebook at Barnes and Noble

Goodreads Description: 
A new collection from David Sedaris is cause for jubilation. His recent move to Paris has inspired hilarious pieces, including Me Talk Pretty One Day, about his attempts to learn French. 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 annoyances as resturant meals presented in ludicrous towers and cashiers with 6-inch fingernails. Compared by The New Yorker to Twain and Hawthorne, Sedaris has become one of our best-loved authors.

My Review:
I actually read this book on my Nook many months ago. I've finally take the time to mark it as 'read' on Goodreads and write this review. I don't like waiting too long to write a review, so I'm going to keep this very brief. 

I really enjoyed reading this book. Sedaris's series of short personal essays were often very wry and always witty. I cracked a smile or bellowed a good laugh at least once per essay. I really enjoyed reading this book in short segments. It's a good book to read when commuting or as a quick pick-me-up. I often looked forward to reading Sedaris's hilarious essays after a particularly difficult day. It was actually more entertaining to read in segments because often the essays had little transition from one to the next. The essays were not ordered chronologically, and topics varied from Sedaris's childhood speech therapy to his time in France. 

Overall, the book was a very light, funny read. Sedaris is witty and his snarky essays make it hard to suppress laughter. I will admit that I did get bored with some of the essays, that perhaps his essays lose focus and seem to become attempts at self-actualization, not really literature. It's been a few months since I've read this book, but I'm still not entirely ready to dive into more Sedaris novels. That said, I definitely am interested in reading more of his works at some point. 

I'm going to give this book four out of five foxes. It was a funny read and I've definitely recalled some very funny scenes from the personal essays since my reading them. 

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