Sunday, July 15, 2012

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (audio)

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

A recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris, bestselling author of "Naked", presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French. A number one national bestseller now in paperback.

Table of Contents

One Go Carolina.....3
Giant Dreams, Midget Abilities.....16
Genetic Engineering.....32
Twelve Moments in the Life of the Artist.....39
You Can't Kill the Rooster.....60
The Youth in Asia.....69
The Learning Curve.....83
Big Boy.....97
The Great Leap Forward.....100
Today's Special.....120
City of Angels.....125
A Shiner Like a Diamond.....132
See You Again Yesterday.....153
Me Talk Pretty One Day.....166
Jesus Shaves.....174
The Tapeworm Is In.....181
Make That a Double.....187
Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa..... 192
The City of Light in the Dark.....205
I Pledge Allegiance to the Bag.....211
Picka Pocketoni.....219
I Almost Saw This Girl Get Killed.....228
Smart Guy.....239
The Late Show.....248
I'll Eat What He's Wearing.....265

My thoughts:
I read this book six or seven years ago for a book club.  I put it off until a couple days before we were meeting and had to read it all at once with a deadline looming.  My thoughts at the time were that I hated the first half and thought the second half was really funny.  I wondered how it would have been if I hadn't felt the rush to finish it before meeting to discuss it.  This book was part of the audio set I borrowed from the library last week and I enjoyed it much more this time.  I feel like Sedaris's books got better as he got older.  I didn't enjoy the first two in the set as much, but this one and Naked had me laughing out loud to parts.  I especially liked how he portrayed learning another language and how his French class was going.  Making fun of how he and his classmates were messing up sentence structures and verbs, how he would buy two of things at the market because when you have more than one of something you didn't need to know if the item was male or female.  How he and classmates tried to describe to a student who did not celebrate Easter what the holiday was about.  The giant bell that leaves treats or the bunny who leaves chocolate and Jesus who was dead who was then not dead and with someones father.  This one was so much more enjoyable than the first two! 

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316776967
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  • Publication date: 6/5/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288

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