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.
This was our May pick for the book club I am in with friends from uni and I loved it! Such a great book to pick up coming into summer, I just wish I had been reading it on holidays by the pool!
Calypso is a set of short essays that Sedaris has written about his life, focusing mainly on his family, his partner and a holiday house they bought in the States. Parts of it will have you crying with laughter as the writing is extremely unfiltered and unapologetic and this is what makes it such a fantastic read.
I loved his relationship his family. It was real and raw and there was no shame in admitting that he got on with some siblings better than others or with one parent over another. There is always so much pressure to picture the perfect family and I think it was brave of him to be honest and show what really goes on behind closed doors for a lot of families. I get on extremely well with my siblings and parents but the older I get the more I realise that this is not in fact the norm.
A lot of the essays seem funny on the surface but they address some very sad topics like suicide, addiction and loss. Sedaris finds the perfect balance of not taking away from the emotion of these stories but he still manages to write them in a very satirical and dark way that you can’t help from laughing. He looks at the light side of life and reminds us that we all have shit happening and sometimes we need to remember what makes us happy.
Look, I think everyone can read this book. It’s very approachable and the perfect read on the balcony, in the garden, in bed or on the couch. I flew threw it and would happily read it again in a few years as I think it would be the perfect reading slump book.
I won’t give a rating as it is non fiction and I don’t rate non fiction books but I think you can take a guess on what I would rate based on this review
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
'You have to be cold (for this game), so my niece, Madelyn, who is 12 and has a heart made of frozen concrete, usually wins.'
NA - I loved David, his siblings, dad and Hugh!