Calypso

Calypso

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Downloadable Audiobook - 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' 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' 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' darkest and warmest book yet-and it just might be his very best.
Publisher: Ashland : Hachette Book Group, 2018
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781549198335
Characteristics: 1 online resource (6 audio files) : digital
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Javacat7
Nov 10, 2018

Sedaris is a singular voice. He's known for his humour, and that is here, yet this is more truthtelling than giving things a funny spin. His mother's alcoholism; his own. His father's aging, and both distain and pride in this son. Some intimate details of his relationships with his sisters, living and the one who committed suicide, and his long term partner. Addiction to the feedback from his Fitbit - now up to 65,000 steps a day. An intestinal virus during one of his reading tours. I've been to several of his readings and count myself as a fan. I was moved hearing some of the somber details, laughed at the absurdities that he pointed out, and was reminded that he - and we - won't be around forever.

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midori_hon
Nov 01, 2018

david sedaris is someone who must be fascinating to hang out with (as long as you don’t have to walk leagues with him and pick up trash) and one must feel equal parts thrilled and appalled if you end up in one of his anecdotes (poor poor man on a plane.) definitely recommend the audiobook which offers some laugh out loud moments and then you realize some of the patter is about addiction, suicide,... and gastroenteritis.

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Courier2003
Oct 03, 2018

I listened to parts of disk 1 & 2. Six disks of maybe boring material. Interesting to know he lives in England.. Doubtful all his comments are true, instead may be fiction. Years ago his experience as a elf at Christmas at a mall was interesting on Public Radio.

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JessicaTB
Oct 01, 2018

Sedaris has a great way of making you think about your family in a whole new way. You love them, hate them, enjoy them, tolerate them, love them again...

There were times that I was surprised into snorting and spewing out my beverage while enjoying this book. Somehow, I think Sedaris would like that...

ArapahoeJane Sep 14, 2018

This book was hilarious and I think that it was advantageous to hear the author read it, as opposed to reading it in print. Somehow Sedaris takes very dark situations and turns them into funny stories. Having said this, a warning is warranted: This book has many short sections that are simply downright sad (e.g., aging father, alcoholic mother, sister committed suicide), not humorous. Overall, however, it's a treat and laugh out loud funny. I listened on my commute and actually wanted to keep driving.

I have read several of his books and sometimes the topics get a bit raunchy for my taste. Calypso was less so, I thought. This book presented what I felt was a poignant look at the author's family members, who are simultaneously bizarre and lovable. I look forward to his next release.

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laphampeak
Jul 18, 2018

Sedaris journeys from his home in England to his shared beach front property, the Sea Section, in the eastern US. I happened to get the audio version to listen to on a plane and found listening rather than reading a boost to the enjoyment. I take a renewed interest in my FitBit since he hilariously refers to various forays that are guided by the fitness tracker's commands. Much is said in relationship to family and partner in a serious yet comic, laugh-at-yourself way. I think this is one of his best yet.

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