Calypso (Paperback)
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Paperback 272 Pages
Published: 04/06/2019
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Waterstones Says

At once hilariously funny, outrageously close to the bone and profound, David Sedaris has earned an adoring following. Charting growing-old pains in the post-truth age, Calypso is him at his best.

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris' 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 realisation: 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.

This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumour joke. As the Independent writes, ‘Sedaris’s genius is that he spins narrative – and not just any old narrative, which in itself is an achievement, but narrative that’s in turn both hilarious and moving – out of his ordinary everyday existence’. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet - and it just might be his very best.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349141893
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Unquestionably the king of comic writing . . . Calypso is both funnier and more heartbreaking than pretty much anything out there - Guardian

We get more of a glimpse than we have before of what lies behind the carapace of a writer who seems able to turn almost any situation to comic gold . . . [an] incredibly funny and sometimes moving meditation on love, death and family life, by a master of his craft - Sunday Times

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 Sedaris's 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 - New York Times

Calypso is another triumph from the dinner-table raconteur we all wish we could be, a writer whose lightness of touch makes you confront the hardest of truths - and laugh out loud - Esquire

Hilarious and moving . . . Sedaris may well be the master of the deadpan delivery - there's plenty of laughing out loud while you read. But Calypso is also a tender portrait of a family, flawed - like any other - but doing their best to love each other - Independent

This is a darker, deeper David Sedaris writing about his sister's suicide, the inevitability of ageing and how it's impossible to take a vacation away from yourself, but, rest assured, he's still one of the funniest, most perceptivewriters alive - Red

Although Sedaris is famous for being funny, he does pain heartbreakingly well. His observations are wry and witty and eye-wateringly honest and you'll be so sad when it's over - Evening Standard

First-rate comedy gold . . . For Sedaris, the boundary between light and dark is blurred. Life's pain and humiliation coexist in every living moment with its jollity and deliciousness. Which elevates his musings on the bodily and social travails of being a man in late middle age to a level of seriously sublime silliness. As ever, Sedaris's irreverent writing is a serious joy; this collection is a must for anyone with a strong stomach who needs a laugh - The Times

Heartbreak and hilarity collide . . . [Calypso] captures the surrealism of the mundane and the funny old thing we like to call life - Attitude

The American humourist's latest collection of pieces, about life's strange twists and turns, will have you shrieking with laughter and also, possibly, just shrieking - Mail on Sunday

From malformed turtles to his FitBit obsession, this is comic art in motion. Be warned though: we picked up one Sedaris book and two weeks later we'd finished his entire output - Emerald Street

Firmly grounded in the present, but with the same sense of twisted nostalgia that has always marked his best work - Mail Online

David Sedaris - a sort of wicked Alan Bennett - is one of the funniest writers at work today - The Times

Really, really fabulous - RuPaul

David Sedaris had the whole Vogue office cry-laughing with his latest collection, Calypso, in which the notorious funny man chronicles his family's (mis)adventures at his new beach house, Sea Section. His reflections, on everything from the joys of shopping in Dover Street Market to the tyranny of his Fitbit, are the perfect tonic to the news cycle - Vogue

There are few writers as gloriously strange, acerbic, funny and faintly ruthless as Sedaris - Books of the Decade, Independent

The king of the humorous essay... Sedaris fans will find plenty of familiar delights: His misanthropic charms and wry wit are as delightful as ever, even if some of the subject matter has changed - New York Magazine

His observations feel sharper and often darker than in previous collections, as he ponders the inevitable breakdown of the human body, the shame attendant with illness and age, the nature of addiction, and the eccentricities of his family. Though middle age may have made his shades of grey blacker, the wit and incisiveness that make Sedaris much-adored remain - Harper's Bazaar

Honest, reflective, and even tender... Eloquent and silly, Sedaris' collection could probably find unshakable life even in the dust kitties under the bed... He gets you laughing even as he gently turns you toward the darkness we all must face - San Francisco Chronicle

David Sedaris' new essay collection is the sharpest retort to anyone who thinks they know what our favorite curmudgeonly humorist will be up to next. His charming observational humor is still the engine, but there's nothing frivolous about it... Sedaris grapples poignantly and satisfyingly (and yes, often hilariously) with death, the aging body, and just how far the bonds of family can stretch - Conde Nast Traveller

Sedaris demonstrates yet again what makes him the best American humorist writing today: a remarkable ability to combine the personal with the political, the mundane with the profane, slime with sublime, and hilarity with heart - NPR

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“A depressing read”

I was given this book as a gift.

Each chapter, based on different parts of the author's life or family, feels melancholic and what life may feel like when approaching the end of middle age. It's also like... More

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“Amusing and interesting read.”

I’d heard David Sadaris on the radio and found him very amusing. The book is an easy read and has some funny anecdotes of his life now and growing up in his large family. It would seem that what he does is write the... More

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