Book Diary: Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris)


(finished reading on 11/09/2011)

On holiday, my boyfriend – who had finished his slim volume of reading (something about George Best and babysitting) and who had heard me guffawing on the bus, on the train, on the boat, on the beach, in bed, in numerous cafes, on the toilet … you get the idea – asked if he could pick up the second David Sedaris I’d bought with me (Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim) and well, if my guffaws had seemed excessive, they were nothing compared to the snorts, squeaks and howls I now had to try to read over.

Later the same day, there we were in a warm evening plaza in Spain discussing an American living in Paris and excitedly talking as if we’d both just come from a first date with a long desired crush:

‘That bit where…’

‘Yes!  Oh God, that was so funny’

‘No, but let me tell you the best part…’

‘Oh yeah!  But no, wait that’s not even the best thing!’

And on, and on.

It’s been a while since I read something that I’ve wanted everyone I know to read and to do so immediately.  I originally discovered Sedaris via his Radio 4 programme, Meet David Sedaris and when that series finished the week before going on holiday, I went meticulously about ordering as many of his books as possible in preparation for the trip.

I LOVE HIM.  If I was a gay man I would want him to be my boyfriend, but as neither of these things I will settle for BFF (although secretly – and rather improbably – I’d also still like him to be my boyfriend).  It’s so good because as well as being very funny, it teaches you something about yourself, or the world, or both – like good comedy does and like good writing does and when you find the two together, well, be prepared for it to take over your life, or at least your holiday.


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