Calypso - David Sedaris


By David Sedaris

  • Release Date: 2018-05-29
  • Genre: Humor
Calypso book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 410 Ratings)

Calypso David Sedaris Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.

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 realization: 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 powers of observation have 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 realize 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 tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.

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User reviews about this book

  • Not as entertaining as I hoped.

    By ViolaGoogs
    It was ok, mildly sarcastic and humorous but I’m surprised it’s so high on the Bestseller list. I’d skip this one if I had it to do over again.
  • Too Political

    By YoshiTheHound
    It’s okay book, not one of his best. Disappointingly, a couple of stories revolve around ever predictable Trump bashing. Everyone does it now, so it’s no longer unique or funny. It’s a shame, he used to be both.
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    By 4488662
    Simply stated, I forced myself to read only a chapter a day because I didn’t want to reach the end. David is a storyteller who is naked to the world. Love it,
  • Calypso

    By justinechicago
    I will never purchase or read another David Sedaris book after seeing how small minded and cruel he is to his father. I also disliked all the “potty humor” in this book. Pretty base.
  • Calypso

    By mark marco
    The iBooks review is well-writ, better than I could do. If you haven't already, become endeared to this author by reading Me Talk Pretty One Day, and, Naked, I do recommend. This book would then follow as strikingly human, like coming back to an old, frank, and rather odd friend. Have yet to finish it, I'm savoring each essay.

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