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.
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-cringeworthy observations with a whimsical sense of wonder that’s hard to get from just reading his words.
New York City review
To quote David’s father “Fantastic”!
Smiling and laughing out loud while listening may not get you a second look, but it will get you more sidewalk space.
This was hilarious
I loved this book, the humor of family life and David’s observations. This is my second book by David Sedaris and he keeps me laughing oh my jogs.