David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best....
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I don’t think I could love David Sadaris more if I tried .....he’s already filled my entire heart - body - mind - soul - spirit - and funny bone with enough uplifting, awesome and amazing, unforgettable storytelling for a lifetime with the collection of these stories.
They are passionate and affecting — achingly good - urgent and surprising - contemporary and insightful - playful and outlandish- showing us the beauty in the broken — and ultimately teaching us to choose love.
A few times I laughed ...more
I was fortunate enough to see David speak last fall here in Birmingham, Alabama--he's been coming for years, and every year miss out. but finally, my husband and I got tickets, and got to meet him! he signed my old copy of Me Talk Pretty One Day--"Thank you for making me rich" (I told him I worked in a bookstore! I was delighted!). Anyway, a few of the topics he covered that night are revisited here (to my delight) in his newest effort, Calypso. David has mellowed a bit over the years--still a k ...more
(4.5 stars, rounded up)
I'm always suspicious when something says a book is a writer's best work. I saw a claim that CALYPSO is David Sedaris's best work yet and thought, yeah right. But the thing is it just might be.
I've always thought that DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM was perhaps the most notable Sedaris essay collection because he is right on point with pulling each piece together in the end. There are a few essays in CALYPSO that don't quite have that same seamless execution, but ...more
“I used to think the ideal name for a beach house was the Ship Shape. Now, though, I had a better idea. ‘We’re going to call it the Sea Section.’”
This collection is deeply personal, dark, offbeat, and at times, embarrass-yourself-in-public hilarious (see chapter on his gastro-intestinal virus). Sedaris is a master essayist, always engaging the reader as if a good friend. As usual, his audio is outstanding. He remains a favorite!
As the Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert was airing on Livestream I opened my ebook and began to read. I was soon laughing out loud. A few paragraphs later I laughed even longer and harder. I had to read out loud to my hubby. And then I knew. I could not read Calypso by David Sedaris while listening to the symphony.
I could not read it in bed. I would laugh my husband awake. When could I read it? During the day, with the windows open to let in the fresh spring air, so inviting after a very, very ...more
Funny, but mostly punishingly sad.
I need a hug now. I need to call my dad.
I almost spit hot tea on my cat Lily because I was laughing so hard.
For me, reading David Sedaris' books is like hanging out with that slightly strange friend—you may think you're crazy, but at least there's someone crazier than you out there!
I've been reading Sedaris' books on and off for a number of years, since his first collection, Barrel Fever , in 1994. In addition to helping bolster my self-esteem, he's always good for a fair amount of chuckling, giggling, and all-out belly laughing, not to mention his unique ability to highlight some of life's ...more