Sedaris is the premier observer of our world and its weirdnesses Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt Hes like an American Alan Bennett Guardian A New York Times Notable Book of 2018 Entrancing . . . This book allows us to observed not just the nimble-mouthed elf of his previous work, but a man in his seventh decade expunging his darker secrets and contemplating mortality . . . The brilliance of David Sedariss writing is that his very essence, his aura, seeps through the pages of his books like an intoxicating cloud, mesmerising us so that his logic becomes ours Alan Cumming, Scotsman If youve ever laughed your way through David Sedariss cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what youre getting with Calypso. Youd 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: its 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 – its a book that can make you laugh til you snort, the way only family can. Sedariss 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 Sedariss darkest and warmest book yet – and it just might be his very best.

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04/06/2019