David Sedaris moved from New York to Paris where he attempted to learn French. His teacher, a sadist, declared that every day spent with him was like giving birth - the Caesarean way. These essays were inspired by the move.
Porter un noeud papillon nuit-il gravement à la vie sexuelle ? Peut-on larguer son copain quand on ne sait ni cuisiner ni lire un plan ? Faut-il avoir peur des microbes dans les salles de cinéma ? Complexé, capricieux, névrosé ou exubérant, l'écrivain-comédien épingle l'absurdité des situations les plus banales avec un humour décapant : avis aux amateurs !
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 writing has 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 tumour joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet - and it just might be his very best.
David Sedaris nous offre le meilleur de lui-même dans ce livre qui réunit ses quinze nouvelles les plus drôles. Au menu, dérision et humour noir sans limites. On retrouve avec plaisir les figures emblématiques de ses histoires : son petit ami, Hugh, ses parents excentriques, mais surtout David Sedaris en personne. Doux dingue affligé de tics, menteur invétéré, immature, il est tout simplement irrésistible.
What could be a more tempting Christmas gift than a compendium of David Sedaris''s best stories, selected by the author himself? From a spectacular career spanning almost three decades, these stories have become modern classics and are now for the first time collected in one volume. For more than twenty-five years, David Sedaris has been carving out a unique literary space, virtually creating his own genre. A Sedaris story may seem confessional, but is also highly attuned to the world outside. It opens our eyes to what is at absurd and moving about our daily existence. And it is almost impossible to read without laughing. Now, for the first time collected in one volume, the author brings us his funniest and most memorable work. In these stories, Sedaris shops for rare taxidermy, hitchhikes with a lady quadriplegic, and spits a lozenge into a fellow traveler''s lap. He drowns a mouse in a bucket, struggles to say ''give it to me'' in five languages and hand-feeds a carnivorous bird. But if all you expect to find in Sedaris''s work is the deft and sharply observed comedy for which he became renowned, you may be surprised to discover that his words bring more warmth than mockery, more fellow-feeling than derision. Nowhere is this clearer than in his writing about his loved ones. In these pages, Sedaris explores falling in love and staying together, recognizing his own aging not in the mirror but in the faces of his siblings, losing one parent and coming to terms - at long last - with the other. Taken together, the stories in The Best of Me reveal the wonder and delight Sedaris takes in the surprises life brings him. No experience, he sees, is quite as he expected - it''s often harder, more fraught and certainly weirder - but sometimes it is also much richer and more wonderful. Full of joy, generosity, and the incisive humor that has led David Sedaris to be called ''the funniest man alive'' ( Time Out New York ), The Best of Me spans a career spent watching and learning and laughing - quite often at himself - and invites readers deep into the world of one of the most brilliant and original writers of our time.
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ' He's like an American Alan Bennett , in that his own fastidiousness becomes the joke, as per the taxi encounter, or his diary entry about waiting interminably in a coffee-bar queue' Guardian review of An Evening with David Sedaris The point is to find out who you are and to be true to that person. Because so often you can't. Won't people turn away if they know the real me? you wonder. The me that hates my own child, that put my perfectly healthy dog to sleep? The me who thinks, deep down, that maybe The Wire was overrated? For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print. Now, in Theft by Findin g, Sedaris brings us his favorite entries. From the family home in Ralegh, North Carolina, we follow Sedaris as he sets out to make his way in the world. As an art student and then teacher in Chicago he works at a succession of very odd jobs, meeting even odder people, before moving to New York to pursue a career as a writer - where instead he very quickly lands a job in Macy's department store as an elf in Santaland... Tender, hilarious, illuminating, and endlessly captivating, Theft by Finding offers a rare look into the mind of one of our generation's greatest comic geniuses.
En quoi le système de santé français est-il un des meilleurs au monde ? Que faut-il préférer entre les méthodes éducatives du « bon vieux temps » et celles de maintenant ? La viande à hamburger est- elle une nourriture appropriée pour des tortues de mer ? Peut-on vraiment s'attirer la sympathie de ses lecteurs en leur offrant, lors des dédicaces, de l'aspirine et des préservatifs ? Faut-il se faire enlever un kyste bénin ?
Comment présenter sa petite amie à sa grand-mère grecque, quand on a 11 ans et que la petite amie en question est noire et pèse plus de cent kilos ? Comment doit-on se comporter quand on est américain, qu'on vit en France, et qu'on vous pose sans arrêt des questions sur Barack Obama ? Et surtout, comment faire pour trouver un hibou empaillé à offrir pour la Saint Valentin, sans avoir à enfreindre mille et une normes environnementales ?
Sous la plume de David Sedaris, ces questions, sérieuses ou légères, deviennent toutes matière à texte et matière à rire. Qu'il livre des souve - nirs d'enfance, qu'il traque les petits détails de la vie quotidienne, ou qu'il raconte tout simplement des histoires, son ton incomparable n'a jamais été si précis, ni si hilarant : cocasserie, absurde et ironie se mêlent pour notre plus grand plaisir.
There''s no right way to keep a diary, but if there''s an entertaining way, David Sedaris seems to have mastered it. If it''s navel-gazing you''re after, you''ve come to the wrong place; ditto treacly self-examination. Rather, his observations turn outward: a fight between two men on a bus, a fight between two men on the street, pedestrians being whacked over the head or gathering to watch as a man considers jumping to his death. There''s a dirty joke shared at a book signing, then a dirtier one told at a dinner party-lots of jokes here. Plenty of laughs. These diaries remind you that you once really hated George W. Bush, and that not too long ago, Donald Trump was a harmless laughingstock, at least on French TV. Time marches on, and Sedaris, at his desk or on planes, in fine hotel dining rooms and odd Japanese inns, records it. The entries here reflect an ever-changing background-new administrations, new restrictions on speech and conduct. What you can say at the start of the book, you can''t by the end. At its best, A Carnival of Snackery is a sort of sampler: the bitter and the sweet. Some entries are just what you wanted. Others you might want to spit discreetly into a napkin. Praise for Theft by Finding , the first volume of David Sedaris''s diaries ''The writing here is funnier, (even) sharper . . . There isn''t a dull word among these pages'' India Knight, Sunday Times ''Could there be a more delightful American import than the memoirist David Sedaris? Not since the peanut butter and jelly sandwich have we inherited something so sweet and comforting yet so wickedly naughty'' The Times
A new roundup of personal essays - surprising, disarming, heartbreakingly funny - from the #1 bestselling writer Time named America's Favorite Humorist.
* A brilliant new collection of stories from the number 1 bestselling writer named by TIME magazine as America's Favorite Humorist
Au fil de réflexions désopilantes sur lui-même et les autres, David Sedaris nous entraîne ici dans son monde déjanté. Chaque chapitre est truffé d'anecdotes hilarantes et d'histoires de famille burlesques : des vignettes irrésistibles où David Sedaris passe sans cérémonie des souvenirs du petit garçon bourré de tics et d'une folle imagination, aux touchantes évocations d'une adolescence complexée et d'expériences professionnelles loufoques. Une magistrale leçon d'humanité.
* The brilliantly quirky David Sedaris returns with a book of acerbic and outrageously funny stories about animals who have unmistakably human failings, with a hilarious new story for the paperback edition
An anthology of humorous holiday tales and essays features excerpts from the author's "Barrel Fever" and "Naked," as well as "The Santaland Diaries," and "Season's Greetings to Our Friends and Family."