Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Me Talk Pretty One Day

By David Sedaris (Audiobook)

Sedaris' autobiography is a mishmash of personal anecdotes, starting with his enrollment in speech therapy as a child, which only succeeded in teaching him how to communicate without using words containing the letter 'S'. When he grows up, he moves to Paris with his boyfriend Hugh. His vocabulary, starting out, consisted of the words "bottleneck" and "ashtray", which didn't prove to be very useful. Although his vocabulary improved somewhat after taking a French class, most of his words and phrases were not useful either - like "funeral procession". He relates his experiences as an American living in Paris, which is hilarious. Tourists mistake him for a French native, speaking outloud in English that he smelled and looked like a pickpocket. Doctors, dentists, and his eye doctor think he is a moron, as he tries in his broken French to communicate, as in "Could you remove the angry red spot living on my face".

Though the book is not really a story, of sorts, seeming more like six hours of stand-up comedy, I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading more by this author.


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