Monday, September 3, 2018

Calypso; David Sedaris



TITLE: Calypso
AUTHOR: David Sedaris
PUBLISHER: Hachette Audio / Little Brown
PUB. YEAR: 2018
SETTING: varies - NC Coast
FORMAT:  - Audio - Library
RATING: 5/5 stars

MY THOUGHTS:

In his latest collection of about (20) essays, best described as dark comedy, David Sedaris is pure entertainment. The focus of these essays is primarily:  family, aging and death, but don't get me wrong, it's never depressing. Here's a brief look at just a few of the offerings.

Sederis and his husband Hugh purchase a seaside vacation home in Emerald Isle, NC, where David's family had vacationed prior to his mother's death at the age of 62 from lung cancer.  The couple looks forward to continued family gatherings in summer and Thanksgiving. He tells of friendship and caregiver experience, bringing food, to a sea turtle that was missing part of its foot and had a tumor on its head. We learn of his strained relationship with his 90+ year old, ultra conservative father, who still lives in a huge house where the family grew up.  We learn about his sisters and there is even an essay where David talks about the suicide of his younger sister Tiffany just before her 50th birthday.

I loved each and every story because as the author strikes the perfect balance of warmth and humor in the personal stories he shares. Although at times the tone was somber, it was never overly so. The audio is read by the 61 year old author himself, so his insight on family and aging sounds so genuine.
If you need a good laugh, be sure to pick this one up, the audio is delightful.

11 comments:

  1. I loved this in print - I bet it was even better on audio.

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  2. I am so glad you liked this one; I thought the stories/essays were really good as well.

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  3. Those would be fun to listen to.

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  4. Almost every blogger I follow has read and raved about this one.

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  5. Love Sedaris on audio. I'm looking forward to this one!

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  6. I have the audio for this on hold at my library. It's ordered but hasn't come in yet.

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  7. I read it in print. I loved it! Glad you did too.

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