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Book Review: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Me Talk Pretty One Day

I need to get a new camera.  I haven’t been happy with how this one performs lately in low light.  On the plus side, I really like the background my comforter provides.   😀  Anyway, let’s get on with the review.  Since this post won’t really have pictures, I’ll try to make this long enough to be a proper review but not so long that your eyes glaze over from the solid wall of paragraphs and words.

I’ve always loved reading.  I remember whenever my mother and I used to go away for the weekend I would take two bags full of books with me.  Obviously I could never read even two books over two days but I never knew what I’d want to read so I figured better safe than sorry. You’d think I’d have enjoyed reading in school but the truth was that I hated it with a passion.  It wasn’t the reading, or even the book report that always followed, that I didn’t like.  It was the books themselves.  The majority of the time school reading is boring and/or depressing. College was the worst for that type of reading.  Some of those books made me feel like crying.  Some people may like that feeling but I don’t.  I don’t have a problem with literature and classics.  I have a problem with things that bore me or depress me.  There are plenty of books that are interesting and don’t depress anyone.  I loved my Jane Austen class.  I never wanted it to end.

This won’t be so much a review as a recommendation.  I loved this book.  When I first heard about the book Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, I heard that it was laugh out loud funny.  Seeing as how I loved those types of books, I ordered it straight away.  It’s a hilarious collection of stories about his childhood and his adulthood.  When it came in the mail I could barely contain my excitement as I opened the package.  I started reading it that night and 6 pages in to the story I was already laughing out loud.  As it was late at night, I had to quickly muffle each burst of laughter so I wouldn’t disturb any of the neighbors.  6 pages in and already laughing?  I knew right then that it was going to be a good book.

The story that made me laugh out loud was the first chapter entitled “Go Carolina” and how he had to go for speech therapy when he was a child to try and correct a lisp.  He refers to the speech therapist as “agent” and his story about how his teacher always had to call attention whenever he would leave to go to speech therapy was hilarious.  His story about talking with “Agent” Samson and avoiding all words that contained an “s” had me practically screaming with laughter.  I couldn’t even read this on the train because it really did make me laugh out loud and I didn’t want to look like some nut, laughing hysterically to myself in public. 😆  I had to laugh at how clever he was to be able to avoid “Agent” Samson’s best efforts to get him to use words with an “s”.

The book did get a bit dark at times, such as his frank account of his drug use when he was younger, but I appreciated the honesty.  There are very few books that I feel sad when it’s over because I was enjoying it so much.  This is one of those books.  I hadn’t even finished reading this when I ordered one of his other books, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.  I’ve only read a few chapter so far and just like with Me Talk Pretty One Day, I’ve already had several laugh out loud moments.  The Halloween candy story had me again muffling my loud bursts of laughter (why do I always choose late at night to read funny books?)

I highly recommend this book.  I didn’t even want to go to bed because I was so entertained but eventually my eyes started to get heavy and my body insisted on sleep.  I didn’t want to try and fight through it and risk glossing over some hilarious story so I reluctantly would put it down until the next day.  It’s been a while since an author has made me enjoy a book.  I enjoy reading.  I enjoy discussing the book.  But when it comes to liking a book so much that I recommend it to other people?  It’s been a while.  You definitely need to read this book. Order it off of Amazon like I did.  Check it out of the public library if they have it.  Whichever way you get it you will definitely be amused.

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  • esther FR June 7, 2017 Reply

    You are so enthusiastic speaking about this book that I wanted to see if there was a french translation (I’m not ready to read a whole book in english, especially with a lot of humor, as humor is sometimes difficult to understand in another language). I saw on Amazon a tranlation with the title “Je parler français” (“I speaking french”) and it seems that a part of the story takes place in France. Is it true ?
    Tina, if you laugh out loud in the metro or the bus, you will not look like some nut, you will make people smile around you, and it’s a good thing !!

    • Tina June 7, 2017 Reply

      Part of the book does take place in France. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at a book, at least not as an adult, in my life. If you can find a French translation you should definitely get it.

      I hope my laughing will make other people smile. It’s better than people thinking I’m a dangerous nut. 😀

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