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Calypso

Lu par : David Sedaris
Durée : 6 h et 39 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 notations)

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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.

©2018 David Sedaris (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critiques

"The latest essay collection by humorist David Sedaris is a meditation on aging. It's a sardonic one at that, that he narrates himself in his quintessential tongue-in-cheek fashion....  Fans of Sedaris, who may well be in the middle of their own lives by now, will listen along, laughing, and perhaps wiping away a few tears." (AudioFile)

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  • Ruthie
  • 31/05/2018

Excellent, as always

I listen to every David Sedaris book, rather than read them. You should, too. The inflection, the cadence is 50% of the pleasure of his books! I found myself both laughing AND crying at turns in this one, which can be awkward when you're listening while out walking your dog in public. Maniacally laughing while walking alone in a German neighborhood will possibly get you committed, but I did it anyway. A gem of a book, with all the biting humor we love. I love that he never spares himself in his stories, I can relate to his quirks of nature. My only complaint is that it was such a quick read, I'm in a low-grade state of depression that it's over. Anxiously waiting the next one!

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  • Tim
  • 30/05/2018

Funny, Touching and Brilliant

David Sedaris is probably my favorite performer…and he’s hazardous to my health. I’ve seen him live a few times and each time I’ve ended up almost choking with laughter. His latest book is as marvelous as anything else he has written. If you are new to David (where have you been?) you might want to take a run through ‘Holidays on Ice’ or ‘Me talk Pretty One Day’ to get you up to speed before embarking on Calypso. If you are already a fan stop dithering and start enjoying. This book is perhaps more reflective and maybe sadder than any of his other work. His dark eye turns to some pretty intense and moving topics. He deals with aging, suicide and addiction in his family ways which I found moving and funny…that’s a hard trick to pull off. About a quarter of this excellent book is performed in front of a live audience. I think I might have been at one of those recordings. When he discusses about what angry people shout at other drivers in other countries I think you can hear me choking in row M. David is a wonderful mix of Dickens and Carlin. He will make you think, laugh and maybe cry sometimes in the same paragraph. This book may be the best use of an Audible credit this year….so what are you waiting for?

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  • Liz
  • 05/06/2018

Laughed so hard

This is one of his funniest books. I listened to most of this while doing housework, with my headphones on. My husband finally asked what I was listening to because I was laughing so hard!

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  • Brad Augustine
  • 29/05/2018

David, thank you.

A love letter to David:

You've carried me through Christmas withouty family, laughing with your unabridged honesty. You've carried me through a car during a miscarriage on an 8 hour drive with your fury at the coveted bulkhead seats. And now, you've cracked open my soul. Thank you for being the vulnerable, honest human we so seldom find in a world of performance. Thank you for your vulnerability. Thank you for your honesty. Thank you for your unforgiving, uninhibited, distant friendship. Thank you.

-m

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  • dana k sherwood
  • 05/06/2018

Dark and funny

As usual a wonderful collection of personal stories that they had me laughing out loud on the subway. Over the years you really get a sense you know that family.

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  • Evie M
  • 30/05/2018

<3

david sedaris could barf on paper and it would be funny and deeply touching. I have listened to this many times already, and I will again.

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  • Pat Rios
  • 04/06/2018

I can’t get enough of Sedaris

I’ve read all his books and they never disappoint me. Calypso has immediately become one of my favorites. It has some very sad stories about serious events, which he narrates with sensitivity and beauty, but as always, it’s the comedy that kills.
Is wish his books were at least 400 hour-long.

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  • Justin
  • 29/05/2018

Thank you!

Thank you David. Starting off to be exactly what David Sedaris is known for, a beautiful cadence and stories in his fashion.
I know one day we will no longer have David and new stories and I cherish each new one.

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  • Fan of None
  • 29/05/2018

Hilarious and bittersweet

This is David Sedaris at his best. Honest, insightful, and undeniably hilarious. Best listen I have had all year. A+

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  • CJFLA
  • 11/06/2018

It's OK

David Sedaris is a very good storyteller, but this book is certainly not a collection of his best. He has mastered the art of simply talking about life and realizing that everyone, everywhere, has an interesting story. That said, this collection was simply no more than OK.

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