Monday, August 21, 2006

Editor's Book Selection - Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

This is book of humour, and some other things, but mostly humour. It is a series of vignettes extracted from the life and times of the author. From his youth as a lisping boy, though his early adulthood as a substance abusing performance artist, to his adulthood as an Ex-patriot in France doing his very best to parlez avec les francophones, we follow as he leads us though his observations with a gentle hand and a smirk. But this book is much more than the sum of its parts.

As entertaining as it is, what you really get out of it is a new perspective on your own life-- in vicariously experiencing Sedaris' family life it is easy to slip into a mode wherin you relate personally with the subject at hand. All his neurosis are shared, along with delusions of grandeur, self deprication, and missed efforts. All we as readers can do is sit back and think to ourselves: "yeah, I've done that." These tales are about more than just one's person's experience in exposition. They are about the human experience in all its fickle glory, and how funny it really is when we stop taking it so seriously.

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
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