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Calypso - David Sedaris

Calypso - David Sedaris

Title: Calypso

Author:  David Sedaris

ISBN:  9781408707845

Weight:  629 g

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Calypso by David Sedaris

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.

Peer & Press Reviews

We get more of a glimpse than we have before of what lies behind the carapace of a writer who seems able to turn almost any situation to comic gold… [an] incredibly funny and sometimes moving meditation on love, death and family life, by a master of his craft.

Sunday Times

Although Sedaris is famous for being funny, he does pain heartbreakingly well.  His observations are wry and witty and eye-wateringly honest and you’ll be so sad when it’s over.

Evening Standard

For Sedaris, the boundary between light and dark is blurred.  Life’s pain and humiliation coexist in every living moment with its jollity and deliciousness.  Which elevates his musings on the bodily and social travails of being a man in late middle age to a level of seriously sublime silliness.  As ever, Sedaris’s irreverent writing is a serious joy; this collection is a must for anyone with a strong stomach who needs a laugh.

Melissa Katsoulis, Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Calypso
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Little, Brown
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9781408707845
ISBN 10 1408707845
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 259
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 143 x 26mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket design Peter Mendelsund

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