Calypso

Calypso

Book - 2018
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David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.

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 powers of observation have 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 tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316392389
0316392383
9781408707821
1408707829
Branch Call Number: 814.54 Se27C 2018
Characteristics: viii, 259 pages ; 22 cm

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sjuterbock
Jul 14, 2019

I had never read any of his books until recently. Now I can't stop. This is the first one I read. Loved it!

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DaisyJay
Jun 07, 2019

Angry, sad, creepy, especially at the end of the book. Is this a cleansing for him? I used to really like David Sedaris.

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Suellen1111
May 10, 2019

This didn't have the edginess of Sedaris' earlier works. A bit of a disappointment.

BiblioDL66 Feb 21, 2019

This latest collection of essays by Dave Sedaris is darker than previous collections. in it he discusses the suicide and complex relationship with one of his sisters and the aging and frustrations with his father along with lighter topix such as travels with his siblings and the purchase of a beach house with his husband. He gives a frank and unvarnished description of his struggles with his family and his misanthropy. I think anyone with family struggles will connect with this collection.

CarleeMcDot Jan 31, 2019

A friend or two of mine had mentioned this book recently so I put it on hold at the library. As per usual I didn't know anything about it prior to checking it out - but that seems to be a recurring theme in my reading realm. I haven't read anything by David before, but apparently he is a pretty well known (and distinguished) author. When I shared on my Instagram stories that I had picked up this book I got a lot of feedback from folks who mentioned they had read it and that although his humor is a bit dark, it was a great book. I would have to agree with that assessment. This book is a bit of a memoir (a collection of essays from his life) that touches on some pretty deep topics - all while trying to poke a little fun at himself and keep it as lighthearted as possible. The stories center around him, his family and their relationships with one another. They are a dysfunctional bunch, but who isn't?! I wouldn't say each of the chapters made me 'LOL', but there were definitely some chuckles (and a few head shakes and maybe even a few gasps) throughout. I was able to read this in a couple hours and has me looking to see if our library carries any of his other titles. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

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altybiz
Nov 26, 2018

Had never heard of nor read any of his books prior to Calypso. I laughed a lot, so will try his others too.

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will_fred
Oct 13, 2018

Calypso came as a complete surprise to me. When Sedaris was younger and still hungry his books were edgy, smart and funny. This latest offering comes across as lazy, entitled, bitchy and as gross as the ongoing tumor joke. And btw the 'tumor joke' was not in any way funny. From a disappointed fan - the worst kind.

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slezotte
Oct 11, 2018

This is my first foray into David Sedaris' work...all I can say is that I cannot understand how anyone could give this less than 5 stars. I laughed out LOUD at least once with every essay. Even on the el, where I hate to make a peep.

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Courier2003
Oct 03, 2018

Listened to parts of first 2 disc's. Six disc's too much to endure. Interesting David lives in England. Some years ago he had a story on public Radio. He was hired as an elf at a mall during Christmas season. Was very entertaining.

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jrboozer
Oct 02, 2018

Have loved David Seders for YEARS, but this was definitely a darker book. Albeit, very funny, but a lot more poignant and thoughtful moments than some of his other books. Still enjoyed!

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