[[ Reading ]] ➶ Calypso Author David Sedaris – Thegreatwallonline.us

CalypsoDavid 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 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.

[[ Reading ]] ➶ Calypso Author David Sedaris – Thegreatwallonline.us
  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • Calypso
  • David Sedaris
  • 08 March 2018
  • 9780316392426

10 thoughts on “Calypso


  1. says:

    I m often misunderstood at my supermarket in Sussex, not because of my accent but because I tend to deviate from the script.Cashier Hello, how are you this evening Me Has your house ever been burgled Cashier What Me Your house has anyone ever broken into it and stolen things With me, people aren t thinking What did you say so much as Why are you saying that Top line Sedaris aslant observations and commentary on family, love, and aging Some of the subjects are dark, some sadly bitter sweet, but he s funny It s good to laugh


  2. says:

    I don t think I could love David Sadaris 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 sooooo hard I ve done this once or twice with a special book Roz Chast comes to mind , while reading sentences to my husband at 5am in the morning waiting for him to wake so I could jump him with David Sedaris stories I m home sick with a nasty infection in my throat but it s true good laugher is healing When you can t even finish a sentence out loud because you re laughing so hard yourself a nerve has been hit I also felt deeply moved touched and blessed from memories David shared that were sensitive topics DAVID IS SO OPEN TO LISTEN FOR UNDERSTANDING.including his own I really can t thank him enough for this book To me it s the fullness most beautiful breathtaking rainbow of humanity.So a few little tidbits Quotes Thoughts.Random picking. There is not a dull let up in any of these stories In the ocean that afternoon, I watched my brother play with his daughter The waves were high, and Madelyn hung laughing off Paul s shoulders, I thought of how we use to do the same with our own father It was the only time any of us ever touched him It s not that our father waited till this late in the game to win our hearts It s that he was succeeding As I grow older, I find that people I know become crazy in one of two ways.David will share in details of the TWO WAYS PEOPLE BECOME Crazy in the story Leviathan I was laughing shaking my head rolling my eyes AGREEING laughing laughing some Right on, David I was very impress that David had a GRABBER I ll pick up trash if I see it on a trail to toss in the trash can I ll even clean the sinks in ladies bathrooms in restaurants so that a flood of water isn t all over the counter sink for the next person who walks in.but I don t carry a GRABBER David does So one day, David was collecting trash with his grabber He said it s always the usual things potato chip bags, candy wrappers, Redbull cans..but. a strap on penis It was Band Aid colored about three inches long and not much bigger than a Vienna sausage Bare minimum Like AAA breast implants Who had this person been trying to satisfy, a Cabbage Patch Doll The stories are OUTSTANDING SATISFYING TO FULLY ENJOY Taking place in airports, on the plane, about his family his siblings Tiffany committed suicide his 92 year old father memories of his mother about middle age and aging trips to the dermatologist I can relate doctors I can relate tumors his beach house on Emerald Isle find out what people feed the turtles Shopping in Tokyo with one of his sisters his relationship with his partner, Hugh an English speaking program David puts together for business travelers visiting the United States obsessions with Fitbit a love affair with an Omega juiceretc.These stories are extremely refreshing I want a Calypso.I love David Sedaris T Shirt Thank You Little Brown and Company, Netgalley, and David Sedaris


  3. says:

    4.5 stars.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 frustrating, mystifying, and joy inducing foibles Plus, every now and again he simply makes me gasp at his observations Calypso , his newest collection, certainly is chock full of laughs, and there s a good supply of slightly gross observations about bodily functions and other physical issues But I wasn t prepared for how emotionally rich this collection would be on a number of occasions I found myself getting a little choked up as Sedaris pondered growing older, the aging and death of family members, the legalization of same sex marriage and what it meant for his relationship with his boyfriend, even the mood of the country following the 2016 presidential election.It s funny in one story Sedaris talks about his mother in law, and how she likes to interrupt either to accuse you of exaggerating Oh, now, that s not true or to defend the person you re talking about, someone, most often, she has never met Some of his observations are so outlandish that I ll admit occasionally thinking like his mother in law, saying to myself, That can t be true Regardless of whether it is or not, Sedaris had me latching on to his every word.I m not a Puritan by any means, but I ll admit there were a few stories that were a little heavy on bodily functions and feeding things to animals read the book and you ll know what I m referring to However, so much of this book was terrific, beautifully written, funny, wry, sarcastic, and even poignant In many of the stories as is often the case , Sedaris spoke of his family and his relationship with his father, which continues to confound him, even as his father moves into his 90s Honestly, though, does choice even come into it Is it my fault that the good times fade to nothing while the bad ones burn forever bright Memory aside, the negative just makes for a better story the plane was delayed, an infection set in, outlaws arrived and reduced the schoolhouse to ashes Happiness is harder to put into words It s also harder to source, much mysterious than anger or sorrow, which come to me promptly, whenever I summon them, and remain long after I ve begged them to leave Calypso is a pretty terrific book, further testament to Sedaris skill as a storyteller, a social commentator, and an observer of this crazy world we live in His writing is great for some laughs don t be shocked if you laugh out loud a time or two, so if you re self conscious, don t read this in public , and this book is good for a few tears as well See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at


  4. says:

    I think this is Sedaris s finest work to date While sticking with his usual humor and cynical delivery, he gets raw talking about topics like suicide, alcoholism, the afterlife, aging, etc I found myself very emotionally engaged throughout the book and wanted to reach into it and give him a hug from time to time which, no doubt, he would find disturbing and certainly have something to say about If you have not read Sedaris before, I think he is one of the best memoir ists of our time While his stories are almost always his viewpoint on events that happened to him, it is very easy for the reader to find them relatable I can t imagine making the stories from my day to day as interesting as he does His delivery and timing are perfect with just the right amount of shock value Not all fans of a genre like stand up comedy will find him amusing, but he definitely fits that genre and takes it up another level.As mentioned above, this is the real est I have ever seen Sedaris and, generally he seems pretty real But, I just don t remember in the past starting off on one of his stories laughing and then finding myself near tears a few moments later It is, without a better way to describe it, perfect Sedaris That is it he has honed his skills over the years and perfected them with this collection.Do yourself a favor no matter who you are check out Sedaris If you are already a Sedaris fan, check this out ASAP It is truly awesome


  5. says:

    The most awful thing happened to me this past Friday I was at the airport, my flight was delayed for hours by storms, and I ran out of material to read.I was alone, and I had nothing to read I checked my phone My emails Called home Walked around aimlessly for a while, wondering what I was going to do with myself Finally, at the end of the terminal, I discovered a kiosk offering soft porn, chocolate and crime thriller romance novels that I wouldn t touch with the bottom of my toes if they fell onto the floor I sighed as I sensed my fate I was going to spend the next seven hours at the airport looking at airbrushed nipples in a Playboy magazine.And then I saw it David Sedaris s latest offering, Calypso, the book I ve been denying myself, dangling it over my head like a hearty carrot, reserving it for emergency resuscitation in the case of a dreaded book slump.But, this was an emergency, right Little did I know, my flight would go on to be canceled after a 6 hour delay, then my second flight would be canceled the following day.Sedaris isn t Homer, but I adore him, and I reached out my hand and grabbed one of three copies like quicksilver as though anyone was around me, purchasing a book.It s interesting that I thought of Homer with humor in that little kiosk, laughing to myself at the thought of the Greek storyteller as an offering there, among the jumbo sized bags of peanut MMs and the naughty magazines.David Sedaris is Greek American, and, even though the title of his book has nothing to do with Greek mythology, it s interesting that it came out right around the same as Madeline Miller s Circe.Two novels named after Greek nymphs in the same year You say you want a revolution Well, you know. Sedaris s reference to Calypso in this collection is a snarky one In the essay by the same name, he s disappointed that he can t find a snapping turtle in the pond that he has dubbed his own, and when he realizes that this turtle seems to belong to everyone on the island, he writes I felt betrayed, the way you do when you discover that your cat has a secret secondary life and is being fed by neighbors who call him something stupid like Calypso.And yet and yet, David spends most of his writing here ruminating about the two missing members of Team Sedaris Mom Sharon and Sister Tiffany Two of the goddesses from David s Greek chorus are gone and he has become preoccupied by their loss So many of these essays express his longing for the two missing members of his tribe.And, even though this collection is far less laugh out loud funny than some of David s other works, it is now, officially, my favorite.


  6. says:

    FIVE STARSIt s really difficult to write humor, and nobody does it better than David Sedaris I find him absolutely hilarious, but I know he is not everyone s cup of tea WHY NOT Sedaris is in rare form with CALYPSO Calypso, by the way, is the name his neighbors gave to his cat when the kitty is off living his completely hidden life David Sedaris was not amused when he found out that name Sedaris makes every story funny, no matter how inappropriate the subject is You will find yourself laughing out loud and think wait, should I be laughing at that He travels the world, lives in different countries and meets thousands of people, but to me, his most hilarious stories involve his family In this collection of essays, we learn about his newish beach house on the North Carolina coast where his brother now, the Juister, not the Rooster and his sisters and his 92 yr old father gather at least once a year How David Sedaris can make you laugh at stories that involve suicide, God, alcoholism and Trump is nothing short of gifted He knows just when to back away for maximum humor impact.As with any talented writer, I can never get enough I will be first in line for all of his books I especially love them on audio, he is a fabulous narrator and so very funny in his presentation.


  7. says:

    Ok, I must admit I had never heard of this David Sedaris guy, but damn he is entertaining These stories, mostly about the himself and his partner Hugh, his parents and siblings and agingjust gave me the most laughter I ve had in awhile There is one about a stomach virus I was just Great stuff here


  8. says:

    5 cha cha cha stars Others already knew that Sedaris would take care of us I m new to the game Long ago, I tried reading one of his collections and quickly ditched it Huh, this guy is funny Not to me I figured we did not match his jokes, my sensibilities, no go Everyone has a different funny bone.Well, I m here to tell you, all my thoughts about different sensibilities and different funny bones are bull Because damn if I m not on my pogo stick again I haven t had so many laughs since Nora Ephron I was a little turned off when I started reading, though Sedaris starts by saying that in middle age, the only perk is that with luck, you ll acquire a guest room Good thing he added with luck, because otherwise I would have been screaming, elitist As it was, I thought, ho hum, who wants to read about a rich person having a guest room Could we get any boring The false Pygmy reeled me in Sedaris started seducing me as he described bizarre conversations One sentence he overheard a guest utter Now was that guy a Pygmy, or just a false Pygmy Sedaris regrets that he didn t ask the guest what a false Pygmy is The guest is now dead, and Sedaris says Googling false Pygmy just wouldn t be the same See I love that he eavesdropped, I love that he wondered, I love that he told us And yes, of course, I Googled false Pygmy, lol How could I not And just to let you know, I found nothing anywhere close to false Pygmies We ll never know, sigh Maybe an inside joke Meanwhile, how could I not get reeled into Sedaris s world, with or without a false Pygmy He picks up on everything absurd and runs with it And there is absurdity everywhere I love looking at the world through his eyes He s on alert, his mind all a churn, waiting to hear the next bizarre thing being said, waiting to turn it into funny Oh, how he gets me going he makes me want to go on high alert, too, and ferret out all those absurdities just waiting to be plucked and spouted But the truth is, I m a chicken Sedaris has no problem asking off the wall questions to strangers, and he has a ball doing it He likes to shake it up I would prefer to say I don t chat it up with strangers because I m shy Or, full of self righteousness, I could claim that I don t want to impose, I don t want to bug people But let s face it, I m just a chicken through and through Man, the great interactions I must miss I liked every single one of his essays Some are about his family, and he is so good at describing both the unchi ness and coolness that comes with having a close family One of his strengths is his fascination with language and how comical communication can be his chapter Your English Is So Good is one of my favorites My other two favorites are Stepping Out, about his Fitbit obsession absolutely hysterical , and the title story, Calypso Here are a few lines from each I could fill pages but I m controlling myself From Your English Is So Good Increasingly at Southern airports, instead of a good bye or thank you cashiers are apt to say, Have a blessed day This can make you feel like you ve been sprayed against your will with God cologne From Stepping Out Since getting my Fitbit I ve seen all kinds of things I wouldn t normally have come across Once it was a toffee colored cow with two feet sticking out of her From Calypso A church lady, a pillar in her community, got dementia The last time Phil saw her, she leaned over in her wheelchair and at the top of her voice said, Hitler wants my pussy See How can I not love this guy A woodcock or marmot, anyone So sometimes I get a little OCD, okay In the middle of all this crack up, I started noticing that Sedaris mentions a lot of animals Hm I must write them all down insists the listy voice in my head I opened my Notes app and went to town I listed like my life depended on it I better not forget one, I fretted I attacked the project with fervor Too bad no one paid me, and too bad no one gives a shit I, on the other hand, found it fascinating that he could mention 64 different animals when he wasn t even writing a book about critters Well, two animals are featured a snapping turtle and a fox but why were the other 62 mentioned Isn t that just crazy Yes, I realize it s probably less crazy than I am, she who is zealously typing up all the damn animals I tried to get the spelling right spelling is pretty important to me , and yes, I started categorizing them there are domesticated animals, farm animals, sea creatures, wild animals, etc No, don t worry, I wasn t insane enough to rearrange the list and put them into categories in the app I just made mental notes I can do that later if I have to, lol By the way, I will gladly share the list, if you re curious Of course I will.Sharing tumors and turtles with Stephen ColbertI hate spoilers, but I got myself into a situation i.e., I experienced a gigantic spoiler when I decided to watch a utube video of Sedaris on the Stephen Colbert show I was about a third of the way through the book when I suddenly needed to see and hear this funny man in action I absolutely loved the clip he is just as funny in person What I didn t know is that he would describe the hysterical title story, Calypso OMG what a story It is insanely creepy absurd, so watch out if you hate gross I will only say these words snapping turtle and tumor LOL, no matter how hard you try, you will not be able to imagine their connection I know that for the rest of my life, if I hear snapping turtle or tumor, I will think of his story Seriously It s a whopper.Turns out I didn t care one iota that I heard the anecdote before reading the story His delivery is magnificent, and Colbert s reaction is priceless Here is the clip, in case you don t mind a spoiler and you want to see and hear Sedaris, not just read his words There are several hysterical story tidbits that didn t make it into the book, so it s worth watching at some point.https www.cbs.com shows the late shFinal gushSedaris is a wise guy He s cynical and irreverent To some people, he may be to too crude or rude or snobby, but I didn t see him that way Now that I ve turned into a raving fan, I can only see him as a comedic genius Plus, his obvious love of and loyalty to his family humanizes him He s an astute critic, a curious observer of the absurdity of everyday life, a language nut, a witty storyteller with an occasional penchant for weird This funny guy has brilliant anecdotes, insights, and word packages, and I just couldn t get enough One jazzy read that had me hopping happily on my pogo stick Cha cha cha


  9. says:

    Ok, so first off, I was laughing out loud within three pages of the first chapter Well, laughing and kind of gagging Eating your turtle s nutrition bar with dead flies Ugh I ll let David tell you the whole story And then in the very next chapter, he talks about his sister s suicide This is a book that hits you with all the emotions It s the kind of book you want to share with friends, to read paragraph after paragraph out loud to anyone within hearing There s lots here Not just the humor, but the revelations that come with a certain age, of dealing with loss, of aging parents, of a relationship that has been going on for years Sedaris is pretty much f in crazy, but he also starts describing other crazy people and I ll realize I m in that category And he ll describe me down to a T Each to his own Highly recommend this book It s a quick read but one that packs a lot of meat into its pages My thanks to netgalley and Little, Brown for a copy of this book.


  10. says:

    Combine all the mixed feelings you could ever have about life as well as family make your reader laugh, think, and cry and then add in the same way the suicide of a sibling only Sedaris can do this

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