Calypso - David Sedaris

Calypso

By David Sedaris

  • Release Date: 2018-05-29
  • Genre: Humor
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 335 Ratings

Description

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.

Reviews

  • Dark Humor Goes Awry

    3
    By Mommy's Night Out
    I like David Sedaris’ writing style. It’s easy to read, flows nicely from sentence to sentence. Usually I enjoy his writing. This book was dark. Heavy. Sad. And not funny or humorous. Sure, there is a passage here or there that offers a chuckle. Overall, I felt sad for him and his family. An alcoholic dead mother, a bipolar dead sister, a pack rat, hoarding barely alive mean old SOB father, greedy sisters, and a mostly out of the picture brother. That 6 grown siblings could produce only 1 daughter/niece between them is a testament to dysfunction. And the opening chapters of excess just made me mad. A house in England, a spur of the minute beach house purchase on OBX, shopping sprees in Japan for crap no one needs. It’s like his narcissistic ego is saying, “Look at me! I’ve made it as an author! I have money to blow and you don’t.” What exactly makes him better than Trump then? He refused to see his sister, divides his house into mine (better) and the rest of the family (worse), gloats about his too hard, writer’s life existence. I really wanted to enjoy this book, but just couldn’t.
  • Not as entertaining as I hoped.

    3
    By ViolaGoogs
    It was ok, mildly sarcastic and humorous but I’m surprised it’s so high on the Bestseller list. I’d skip this one if I had it to do over again.
  • Too Political

    1
    By YoshiTheHound
    It’s okay book, not one of his best. Disappointingly, a couple of stories revolve around ever predictable Trump bashing. Everyone does it now, so it’s no longer unique or funny. It’s a shame, he used to be both.
  • As always...laugh out loud

    4
    By CMNforCloud
    I have been asked at every restaurant that I am eating at...what are you reading!?
  • One of the best books I’ve read in a long time

    5
    By Htdcvhdzvhu
    An awesome book that tells stories that everyone can relate to in one way or another. Cannot recommend this book enough!!
  • More

    5
    By 4488662
    Simply stated, I forced myself to read only a chapter a day because I didn’t want to reach the end. David is a storyteller who is naked to the world. Love it,
  • Calypso

    1
    By justinechicago
    I will never purchase or read another David Sedaris book after seeing how small minded and cruel he is to his father. I also disliked all the “potty humor” in this book. Pretty base.
  • “FANtastic.”

    5
    By MATTMMEDIA
    A great summer read for those in need of some comic-relief. The author’s father sums it up tidily: “FANtastic!”
  • Calypso

    4
    By mark marco
    The iBooks review is well-writ, better than I could do. If you haven't already, become endeared to this author by reading Me Talk Pretty One Day, and, Naked, I do recommend. This book would then follow as strikingly human, like coming back to an old, frank, and rather odd friend. Have yet to finish it, I'm savoring each essay.