Me Talk Pretty One Day

Me Talk Pretty One Day

David Sedaris' move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including the title essay, about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section. His family is another inspiration. You Can't Kill the Rooster is a portrait of his brother, who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his b David Sedaris' move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including the title essay, about his attempts...

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Title:Me Talk Pretty One Day
Author:David Sedaris
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Genres:Humor
ISBN:Me Talk Pretty One Day
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Me Talk Pretty One Day Reviews

  • Erica
    Jul 03, 2007
    "You could turn up your nose at the president or Coke or even God, but there were names for boys who didn't like sports." "Lisa had been born with a lazy leg that had refused to grow at the same rate as it's twin. I liked the idea that a part of one's body might be thought of as laz...
  • Gemma
    Feb 13, 2008
    This book has been my tube companion for the past fortnight. It is the perfect accompaniment to the London commute for two reasons: 1) The essays are perfectly formed, so you can be assured that you'll be able to finish 3 little chunks over 40 minutes or so. Once the train trundled ...
  • Tim
    Aug 01, 2007
    Witty, wry, bitter, delightful. My mom gave me the book. I was living in France at the time, so she thought David Sedaris and I would have a ton in common. She went to a Sedaris booksigning to get a personalized message to her gay son in France. After he was done reading, she jumped...
  • Brian
    Oct 02, 2007
    I just don't care for David Sedaris. There, I've said it. I've made peace with the fact. I have stared deep into the cockles of my heart, and forced myself to come to the only obvious-but-unpopular conclusion. I just don't care for David Sedaris. It was somewhat of an existen...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Dec 05, 2012
    Me talk Pretty one day, David Sedaris (1956) Me Talk Pretty One Day, published in 2000, is a bestselling collection of essays by American humorist David Sedaris. The book is separated into two parts. The first part consists of essays about Sedaris?s life before his move to Normandy,...
  • Bob
    Jul 03, 2008
    Yes. I realize this book is supposed to be hilarious. Yes. I realize I'm not a hip gen-x'er if I don't happen to think it is. Yet... I feel like Sedaris accurately summed up his entire approach to writing on page 44: "True art was based upon despair, and the important thing was to m...
  • Carrie
    Apr 29, 2008
    If I were in someone else's bathroom and there were no other reading materials except for something by David Sedaris, I would pick it up and flip through it. I probably would even find myself slightly amused. But my basic opinion about David Sedaris - which is that he is boring, not ve...
  • Fabian
    Feb 15, 2011
    A reviewer was correct when he said: "Sedaris can turn a rant into a thing of beauty." (Michael Upchurch-Seattle Times) But only correct about the noun/verb "rant." That he does in profusion; all these "essays" are rants about his life & times. But "Thing of beauty?" Absolutely not...
  • Kasia
    Nov 24, 2008
    That about sums it up. Because, what's the point to these anecdotes? Are you trying to tell me something Mr. Sedaris? I think not. You think you're funny? Meh, not that funny. Special? You're not that special either. You're a writer, just another writer. What's the big deal? ...
  • Jason Koivu
    Nov 22, 2008
    As the title suggests, much of Me Talk Pretty One Day revolves around speech and speaking: > Back in school lil' David (I guess he's still kind of little, isn't he) was forced into correcting his sibilant speech by a highly determined therapist. We're led to wonder if she wasn't...
  • Thomas
    Mar 31, 2010
    I came into this book expecting the voice of a pretentious, self-indulgent white male, and I finished this book smirking along with this funny, pretentious, and self-indulgent white male. I cannot judge David Sedaris as I do not know his true personality, but he portrays a quirky chara...
  • Barbara
    Apr 20, 2017
    David Sedaris and friend This loosely autobiographical memoir from humorist David Sedaris is divided into essays, many of which are laugh out loud funny. The topics include Sedaris's childhood rebellion against speech therapy, unwanted guitar lessons taught by a midget, drug...
  • David
    Aug 16, 2010
    I've been thinking a lot about this, and I have come to the conclusion that David Sedaris is one of the worst human beings in history, i.e., since human beings were first invented by an incompetent, Jerry Lewis-like god or by the inscrutable permutations of natural phenomena. This isn'...
  • Esil
    Mar 02, 2019
    4 high star! Oh, David Sedaris, I had to force myself not move right on to another of your audiobooks. I listened to Calypso a while ago, and I loved it - funny, smart and real. Me Talk Pretty One Day is an older book, and gives me a glimpse at a younger Sedaris, but the humour and ...
  • Paul
    Dec 10, 2017
    What to make of David Sedaris, this is my first venture into this territory. Quite simply this is a collection of essays about Sedaris?s life and times and could be termed observational comedy. The essays are split into two parts, the second focussing on his time living in France wit...
  • Fionnuala
    Apr 23, 2012
    I live in a town in France with a shortage of bookshops which carry books in English and sometimes, in spite of the huge choices available online, I get a desperate urge to linger in a real bookshop, combing the shelves for treasure. Invariably, when I visit the one here, I find that I...
  • Shayantani Das
    Jun 24, 2011
    Very very funny and David reading these stories himself was just the icing of the cake. Lots of lol moments, especially precious memories. Read again on 22 January, 2012 , Recently a goodread friend asked me whether he should read David Sedaris. I said yes, of course, but at the...
  • Dana
    Aug 19, 2017
    My first foray into the world of David Sedaris was ?Exploring Diabetes with Owls?, which is arguably one of his lowest rated books. I, however enjoyed it, and when I saw a kindle daily deal of all his books I decided to grab a bunch. I figured if I enjoyed his low rated book than...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Apr 24, 2013
    I've actually expressed my deep, unconditional love for David Sedaris on this site before. With this re-read I realized my love might be a tad unhealthy. You see, last week I was reading this book while a character on a sitcom was reading "When You Are Engulfed In Flames." Rather than ...
  • Ms. Smartarse
    Apr 11, 2018
    I like funny stuff a lot. So much so, that I'm always on the lookout for a good quote to use as a timely comeback. I say this fully aware, that I will most probably end up misquoting it, and thus ruin the whole thing. But the principle of the thing stands: I read something that might h...
  • Ginger
    Jan 19, 2018
    3.5 stars from me! My real life book club choose this for our January book read. I'm glad they did because this was a funny and quirky book to read. I enjoyed all the stories of his family, his time in Paris, living in NYC and also trying to learn how to speak French. David Sedar...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    Jul 29, 2018
    This is the first book I've read by Sedaris, but I will certainly be picking up more in the future! He writes witty essays about his life, this collection specifically focusing on a period when he moved to Paris and was learning French, with other stories sprinkled in. His writing was ...
  • Lola
    Dec 31, 2018
    This was my third time attempting to read this book (unsuccessfully). I simply don?t dig David Sedaris? humour. Or him in general. Probably the worst memoir I picked up this year. ...
  • Matthew
    Feb 07, 2017
    Another collection of Sedaris tales as we have come to know and love. His cynical banter and humorous anecdotes shine again. While some might say the same old formula gets old, with Sedaris it is expected and greatly appreciated. (I even heard he changed the formula in a recent book an...
  • Calista
    Apr 03, 2019
    I think this period, right around 2000, a little before and after, is David's best writing era. He seems to be at this best and most funny I think. I love this collection. He has a multitude of stories about living in France with Hue. I love the peak into his experience of France or...
  • Justin Tate
    Mar 25, 2019
    Ah! My first David Sedaris read--not counting the weird Squirrel book--and I finally understand what all the fuss is about. The humor is so good it's mesmerizing. I'm in awe of his ability to make ordinary life sparkle through such rich narration. There is no mundane task that Sedar...
  • Jen
    Mar 28, 2017
    Sedaris is a quirky kind of writer. I needed a palate cleanser after the last few heavy reads and this one delivered. From a betrayal of the tongue (which required speech therapy), to a midget music teacher and some various comical moments in his life, his memoir had me chuckling out l...
  • Glenn Sumi
    Mar 09, 2014
    Incredibly, this is the first Sedaris book I've read, and it more than lives up to the hype. Calling him a humourist doesn't do him justice. Sure, he's read-aloud-to-your-friends funny, but he's also a shrewd social satirist and very, very smart, able to evoke the pain of childhood ...
  • Michael
    Nov 30, 2018
    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. A collection of humor essays on speech and language, Me Talk Pretty One Day is David Sedaris?s most focused work as well as his most famous. The collection brings together stories describing the auth...
  • Shovelmonkey1
    Jun 26, 2010
    Before I picked up this book I knew nothing about David Sedaris. If someone said to me now, "so why should I give a damn about David Sedaris" I probably still wouldn't be able to offer an adequate defence. What does David Sedaris do? Ummmm, I think he writes books about being David Sed...