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- ISBN: 0316777722 (alk. paper)
- ISBN: 9780316777728 (alk. paper)
- ISBN: 9780316776967
- ISBN: 0316776963
- Physical Description: 272 p. ; 22 cm.
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown & Co. c2000.
Contents / Notes
|Contents:|| Go Carolina -- Giant dreams, midget abilities -- Genetic engineering -- Twelve moments in the life of the artist -- You can't kill the rooster -- The youth in Asia -- The learning curve -- Big boy -- The great leap forward -- Today's special -- City of angels -- A shiner like a diamond -- Nutcracker.com -- See you again yesterday -- Me talk pretty one day -- Jesus shaves -- The tapeworm is in -- Make that a double -- Remembering my childhood on the continent of Africa -- 21 down -- The city of light in the dark -- I pledge allegiance to the bag -- Picka Pocketoni -- I almost saw this girl get killed -- Smart guy -- The late show -- I'll eat what he's wearing.
|Summary, etc.:|| Me Talk Pretty One Day contains far more than just the funniest collection of autobiographical essays - it quite well registers as a manifesto about language itself. Wherever there's a straight line, you can be sure that Sedaris lurks beneath the text, making it jagged with laughter; and just where the fault lines fall, he sits mischievously perched at the epicenter of it all.
David Sedaris's new collection, Me Talk Pretty One Day, tells a most unconventional life story. It begins with a North Carolina childhood filled with speech-therapy classes ("There was the lisp, of course, but more troubling than that was my voice itself, with its excitable tone and high, girlish pitch") and unwanted guitar lessons taught by a midget. From budding performance artist ("The only crimp in my plan was that I seemed to have no talent whatsoever") to "clearly unqualified" writing teacher in Chicago, Sedaris's career leads him to New York (the sky's-the-limit field of furniture moving) and eventually, of all places, France. Sedaris's move to Paris poses a number of challenges, chief among them his inability to speak the language. Arriving a "spooky man-child" capable of communicating only through nouns, he undertakes language instruction that leads him ever deeper into cultural confusion. Whether describing the Easter bunny to puzzled classmates, savoring movies in translation (It is Necessary to save the Soldier Ryan), or watching a group of men play soccer with a cow, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other--"Original, acid, and wild," said the Los Angeles Times--to every unforgettable encounter." -- From book jacket
|Awards:|| Lambda Literary Award, 2000
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