Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris
Genre: Memoir; Humor
Summary: Told in a series of short stories, Me Talk Pretty One Day is a humorous re-telling of various events from the author’s life.
Review: Me Talk Pretty One Day was my first encounter with David Sedaris’ work, and it definitely won’t be the last.
Every story was incredibly funny, and Sedaris’ witty, sarcastic writing style made the reader feel as if she was sitting right there, experiencing everything with him. I especially loved reading about his time spent in France, and I cringed along with him as his French teacher grew angrier and angrier because he couldn’t speak the language properly. The chapter devoted to his family’s dogs was also quite hilarious, and I found myself laughing out loud in many instances. I also really liked the chapter in which Sedaris tried to learn to play guitar. When I was younger, I, too, tried to play guitar, was just as unsuccessful as he was, and it was great to see how much we could relate in that regard.
His family members, along with his boyfriend, were very memorable, and I especially liked his sister, Amy. She was such an oddball, a born actress, and the stories she was in were exceedingly colorful. Paul was also a standout character for me, and the way in which he talked was absolutely cracking me up, as I could truly visualize him in my mind.
If you’re looking for a light, comical read that will make you laugh out loud frequently, definitely give Me Talk Pretty One Day a try.
Read-alike author: Augusten Burroughs
Other Books by David Sedaris: Naked, Holiday on Ice, Dress Your Family in Cordouroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames