ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY by David Sedaris [Review]

Me Talk Pretty One Day Book

If you like to laugh and you’ve never read a David Sedaris book, step away from the computer and go buy yourself one of his books right now. I’m serious, go on…I can wait. I’m probably a little biased since Sedaris is one of my all time favorite authors, but he really is that good. A good book to start with if you are unfamiliar with him is Me Talk Pretty One Day. It’s a collection of non-fiction short stories that cover a variety of subjects from David learning French at the age of 49, to his red neck brother Paul, better known as “The Rooster”. One common theme in Me Talk Pretty One Day is language. The first story is about how young David had to visit a speech therapist. There is also a hilarious tale of his brother Paul, a North Carolina native, who seems to have a language of his own. The second half of the book is devoted to stories about David’s move to France and his struggle to learn French.

He’s so amazing at developing his characters that you can practically smell them. He does this by using a lot of dialogue. Each person he speaks about has their own accent, slang, and mannerisms. Some of my personal favorites are his brother Paul, his Mother, and the midget that gave him guitar lessons.

Me Talk Pretty One Day will also make you look at your own life in a different way. Sedaris takes normal, every-day situations and the people in them, and shows you the hidden comedy in them. Before long you’ll start looking at random things/people that happen to you as nothing more than funny stories and characters in the comedy of your life. In Me Talk Pretty One Day, Sedaris makes writing look easy. Read enough and you’ll start crafting stories in your head throughout your day, but if you are anything like me, you’re better off leaving it to the expert.

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  • Ruth

    This is a book I would have never picked up on my own. My two daughters loved it and got me to read it. I became a fan of David Sedaris immediately. The guy is hilarious.