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Calypso

Binding: Hardback
Pages: 256
Pub Date: 29/05/2018
ISBN: 9781408707821
Availability: In Stock
Quick overview A Dubray Staff Recommended Read The long-awaited new collection of stories from David Sedaris, America's favourite humourist.
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To do something nice for his siblings, David Sedaris decided to buy a beautiful beach house for them to share. It didn’t occur to him, however, that this would mean he actually had to spend time with his family, and deal with all of their eccentricities and squabbling. A warm, poignant meditation on relationships and middle age, Calypso is Sedaris' funniest book in years. You might want to read this in private, as it's guaranteed to make you laugh out loud!

- Recommended by Anita Power, Dubray Kilkenny


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 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 Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet - and it just might be his very best.

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