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David Sedaris , Author
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1. Juni 2001
A new collection from David Sedaris is cause for jubilation. His recent move to Paris has inspired hilarious pieces, including Me Talk Pretty One Day, about his attempts to learn French. His family is another inspiration. You Cant Kill the Rooster is a portrait of his brother who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers and cashiers with 6-inch fingernails. Compared by The New Yorker to Twain and Hawthorne, Sedaris has become one of our best-loved authors. Sedaris is an amazing reader whose appearances draw hundreds, and his performancesincluding a jaw-dropping impression of Billie Holiday singing I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weinerare unforgettable. Sedariss essays on living in Paris are some of the funniest hes ever written. At last, someone even meaner than the French! The sort of blithely sophisticated, loopy humour that might have resulted if Dorothy Parker and James Thurber had had a love child. Entertainment Weekly on Barrel Fever Sidesplitting Not one of the essays in this new collection failed to crack me up; frequently I was helpless. The New York Times Book Review on Naked

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  • Verlag: Grand Central Publishing; Auflage: Abridged edition (1. Juni 2001)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1586210661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586210663
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 14,6 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.3 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (88 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 438.003 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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"It's a pretty grim world when I can't even feel superior to a toddler." Welcome to the curious mind of David Sedaris, where dogs outrank children, guitars have breasts, and French toddlers unmask the inadequacies of the American male. Sedaris inhabits this world as a misanthrope chronicling all things petty and small. In Me Talk Pretty One Day Sedaris is as determined as ever to be nobody's hero--he never triumphs, he never conquers--and somehow, with each failure, he inadvertently becomes everybody's favorite underdog. The world's most eloquent malcontent, Sedaris has turned self-deprecation into a celebrated art form--one that is perhaps best experienced in audio. "Go Carolina," his account of "the first battle of my war against the letter s" is particularly poignant. Unable to disguise the lisp that has become his trademark, Sedaris highlights (to hilarious extent) the frustration of reading "childish s-laden texts recounting the adventures of seals or settlers named Sassy or Samuel." Including 23 of the book version's 28 stories, two live performances complete with involuntary laughter, and an uncannily accurate Billie Holiday impersonation, the audio is more than a companion to the text; it stands alone as a performance piece--only without the sock monkeys. (Running time: 5 hours, 4 cassettes) --Daphne Durham -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


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3.0 von 5 Sternen Amusing stories, many hits, some misses. 25. Juli 2000
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I realize that David Sedaris books are supposed to be 'really' funny, and I consider myself to have a great sense of humor, but overall I found 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' amusing at best. In this best selling book, the reader is exposed to a collection of short stories that take on a humorous spin of mundane topics, or everyday subjects that the Sedaris family has placed their own 'unique and warped' spin on.
Though most stories were entertaining, I often asked that though many of these snippets of Mr. Sedaris's life were plausible, some seem to be somewhat exaggerated or embellished. Perhaps that is the authors attempt to really try to make something funny, which ordinarily isn't. Now, don't get me wrong, there are some funny stories. The book is worth it's price in three or four of these snapshots: "I'll eat what he's wearing", "Big Boy", and the one that had me rolling on the floor crying to catch my breath "You can't kill the Rooster." This last story about his younger brother is movie material!
The collection overall covers a wide variety of subjects, however, there seem to be two recurring theme's that I observed. First, a decent portion of the book is devoted to his experiences living in France. Though one can make the argument that this book is about his life and it's funny moments, and he did actually live in France; for someone who has never been there to identify French absurdity I found myself saying "Oh, another story France, again". The redeeming aspect for me here was the story about learning French with a bunch of students (characters in their own right), taught by a dictatorial and stereotypical rude French teacher.
Secondly, the author seems to have what I would consider some issues of reservation of his life and choices.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Funny 19. September 2000
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I read this book based on the recommendation of a friend and enjoyed it tremendously. What an admirable trait it is to be able to laugh at one's self. Sedaris even managed to shed some worldly insight with this autobiographical piece. Very well written and funny. I particularly enjoyed his experience with the Americans and the train ride in Paris. I had a similar experience and reading about it was brought back great memories and laughter. This is my first read by Sedaris but I'm sure it won't be the last. Relax and enjoy it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen wonderful -- irreverent and uniquely twisted 1. August 2000
Von Mainer
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If you've never read David Sedaris, or heard his radio pieces (often featured on National Public Radio) then start now. A friend of mine recommended him to me and he is one of the funniest authors I have ever read. He views the world from a perspective that not only have most people never heard, they've never even conceived of it. To some, he might seem crude or offensive, but he is also sharp, witty and unique. He writes about topics that one would never expect to find an essay on, but he always hits the nail on the head. I recommend him to everyone, no matter what you like to read, because there has to be an essay in here that speaks to you.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great for a Laugh 28. Juli 2000
Von Rebecca L
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I took this book with me on a plane trip and found myself laughing out loud! I hope the people next to me didn't think I was crazy. A couple of chapters fell flat with a dull "thud", but the majority of the book was quite entertaining. I was amused by how he is able to rank on the French culture without coming off as an entirely arrogant American. Remembering how I felt in Germany having studied the language only two years, "Me Talk Pretty One Day" really hit home. David Sedaris is able to describe situations we can all relate to, and then put is own unique twist on them. I'm now inspired to read "Holidays on Ice".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Me Love David Sedaris! 23. Juli 2000
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I hesitated writing an on-line review, because I wasn't sure I could possibly share how excited I was about this book and about David Sedaris. Here's a go at it though: It was hillarious, catching me off guard every other sentence. It was smart and charming, real and personal. As soon as I finished the last page, I packaged it up and sent it to my best friend in France who I know would appreciate it (a good deal of the book deals with David's adventures in France and with that language). The book gives a great introduction to this wonderful writer and wonderful person/soul. It was also great to read about his sister Amy (Jerri Blank of "Strangers with Candy"), and see how she got started. I've just finished "Naked," and am about to dive into "Barrel Fever," and "Holidays On Ice". Read this subtlely reaffirms how fun humanity is!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Him write any better? 13. Juli 2000
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Perhaps I bought this book at the wrong time or at least with the wrong impression; while this collection of essays did leave several smirks, there wasn't much in the way of the howlingly funny, gutbusting hilarity, wacky hi-jinks that people keep reviewing about.
While it was interesting to divide the book in half according to setting/stage of his life, the material rages back and forth without much in the way of structure to keep the reader interested. Self-deprecating? You betcha. Motivated? Oh mais oui. Entertaining? Sure, but what's the purpose?
The family portraits he presents only confuse me. Are we to be sympathetic to David because his foul-mouthed brother shares a dialouge with his father that he himself could not have? Are we supposed to feel smug and superior for David because of this? Why is a sister who wants to constantly disguise herself in the name of subversive humour be portrayed in a "Gosh, that nutty sister. What will she think of next to challenge the boundaries of physical comedy?" manner.
Too many passages seem to relate a story whereby David suffers a character assassination from someone he doesn't even know, yet instead of defending himself, he presents himself as someone who shouldn't even bother.
Why is it that Sedaris damns the local hick culture yet talks for three pages in disgusting detail about a bowel movement he finds in a toilet? Sure, the social taboos we hold in place are then brought to the front to be examined, but by the end, I wish he hadn't even bothered.
Overall the book leaves me not with a better understanding of the author, but rather a feeling like not wanting to spend too much time trapped in a crowded subway train with him.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Funny
Great opening chapter to what is an awesome story all the way to the end. This is one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. The odd characters made it all the more funny. Lesen Sie weiter...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Zum Lachen
Kann die ganzen Sedaris-Geschichten nicht mehr auseinander halten, aber das ist definitiv eins meiner Lieblingsbücher. Lohnt sich auf jeden Fall. Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen witziger gehts kaum
Ich liebe David Sedaris. Du lachst dich schlapp! Wer kann, sollte es unbeding i.d. Originalsprache lesen, da die Art, wie der Autor mit dem Sprachwitz umgeht, i.d. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 12. April 2012 von ikabirus
5.0 von 5 Sternen Material für den Pronunciation Kurse
In unserem Englisch Pronunciation Kurs, im SS08, durften wir einen Auszug des essays 'Picka Pocketoni' lesen. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. August 2008 von Conny Mayer
5.0 von 5 Sternen His Funniest Book! - Great Amazon Impulse buy!
Elegantly written and utterly hilarious, "Me Talk Pretty One Day" will have you laughing page after page. In 'Smart Guy' my favorite essay, Sedaris takes an IQ test with Mensa. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. August 2005 von "smurray108"
3.0 von 5 Sternen Me talk pretty one day
Despite having won Humerist 2001, it wasn't as "achingly funny" as I had expected. Rather disappointed in fact. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 8. April 2002 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen My thoughts exactly
David Sedaris managed to put my exact thoughts to word in this hilarious book. His experiences living in a foreign country from language to constant movie watching to observing and... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. September 2001 von Jodi Church
5.0 von 5 Sternen WHAT FUN!
Veröffentlicht am 30. Juli 2000 von "smokeyd"
1.0 von 5 Sternen Not so funny
Having enjoyed the humor of Molly Ivins, P J O'Rourke, Dan Jenkins, and Larry McMurtry.... not to mention George Carlin and Steve Wright.... I kept waiting for the laughs to begin. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2000 von ""
1.0 von 5 Sternen Overrated, thank you
Sorry, but I had high hopes after reading all the positive reviews for this book. My boyfriend and I bought the audio and played it on a recent trip. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. Juli 2000 von Jennifer Thomas Barrows
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