'Unquestionably the king of comic writing . . . Calypso is both funnier and more heartbreaking than pretty much anything out there' Hadley Freeman, Guardian
A New York Times Notable Book of 2018
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 writing has 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 tumour joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet - and it just might be his very best.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With Calypso, David Sedaris tempers his usual dry wit with a tender, tragic dose of reality. Although Sedaris has always mined his own life for laughs, this book feels really personal, since it explores episodes like his awkward marriage proposal to his longtime partner, Hugh, and a strained family vacation in the wake of his youngest sister’s suicide. As always, the audiobook is a great way to get your Sedaris fix…and not just for his one-of-a-kind speaking voice. The author delivers his intensely revealing, often cringe-worthy, observations with a whimsical sense of wonder that’s hard to get from just reading his words.
Joel s. Stop. The. Cavalry. McDonald’s.
Couldn’t finish, pretentious and voice is insufferable.
Downloaded for a road trip and couldn’t finish this audiobook. Over-done snarky humour sprinkled through a most un-relatable and miserably boring story.
It certainly didn’t help that the author’s voice was flat, nasally and hard to listen to.
Not for me.