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Calypso - David Sedaris

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Published: 29th May 2018
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The long-awaited new collection of stories from David Sedaris, America's favourite humourist.

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.

Firmly grounded in the present, but with the same sense of twisted nostalgia that has always marked his best work * Mail Online *
Unquestionably the king of comic writing . . . Calypso is both funnier and more heartbreaking than pretty much anything out there -- Hadley Freeman * Guardian *

David Sedaris

Sedaris came to prominence in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay SantaLand Diaries. He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994.

Each of his four subsequent essay collections, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), and When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008) have become New York Times Best Sellers.

As of 2008, his books have collectively sold seven million copies. Much of Sedaris' humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and it often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, Greek heritage, various jobs, education, drug use, homosexuality, and his life in France with his partner, Hugh Hamrick.

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ISBN: 9781408707821
ISBN-10: 1408707829
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 29th May 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.4  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1