by David Sedaris
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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If you have already laughed your way through David Sedaris is cheerfully misanthrope stories, you might think you know what you get with CalypsoYou’d be wrongWhen he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing holidays spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves mostAnd life at sea, as he named the holiday home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined it, except for a very small, delicate realization: it is impossible to take a holiday, and yourselfWith Calypso, Sedaris defines its formidable power of observation towards the Middle Ages and mortalityDon’t get me wrong: these stories are very, very funny – this is a book that can make you laugh until you snort, the only way the family canSedaris’ writing has never been clearer, and its ability to shock readers with unprecedented laughterBut much of the comedy, was born from that dizzying moment when, from your own body betrays you and you realize that the history of your life, is made of more past than futureThis is the reading range for people who hate beaches, essential reading for those who hate talking about everything and love a good tumor jokeCalypso is both Sedaris is the darkest and hottest of books – and it could be his best
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