Summary

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 realisation: 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 realise 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.
©2018 David Sedaris (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK
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Critic reviews

"Unquestionably the king of comic writing...Calypso is both funnier and more heartbreaking than pretty much anything out there." (Hadley Freeman, Guardian
“In Calypso, David Sedaris’s essays marry meditations on family, suicide, grief and mortality with the hazards of bodily functions and frequent travel for his massively popular public readings. Sedaris is as much standup comic as writer, making this a great audio and one for the car journey.” (Aminatta Forna)  
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4 out of 5 stars
By P. Lee on 08-06-18

Rrpeat repeat

I was disappointed to discover I have heard a lot of this material before. I think as parts of the bbc‘s ‘Meet David Sedaris’ series. Low rating for story is because it isn’t one so really this is not applicable. This is still laugh out loud funny though and the new material I really enjoyed. Particularly the touching piece about his sitter Tiffany.

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4 out of 5 stars
By JJ on 04-06-18

A 'laugh out loud' treat!

As always, David Sedaris entertains and his frankness, humour and sensitivity, plus his obvious love for his family and loved ones, shines through in Calypso. However, having read/listened to almost everything he has written, I was a little dissapointed that some stories from previous books are included in this one and this leaves me feeling slightly short changed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 27-07-18

Funny and sad

Really funny but also surprisingly sad, probably because even though my family and life are pretty different, it was so easy to relate to.

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5 out of 5 stars
By J. Ryan on 16-06-18

Better than ever!

Wonderful stories by DAVID Sedaris again. Funny and poignant and intimate and just wonderful. Best yet.

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