Publisher: Hachette Audio
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Genre: Nonfiction / Humor
Listening Length: 6 hours and 39 minutes
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.
I will start by saying I listened to the audiobook of Calypso which is read by the author, David Sedaris and I highly recommend doing this as opposed to reading the novel. I always love when an author reads their nonfiction books and it’s like Sedaris was born to read his.
I was almost in tears from laughing so hard and that was at the very beginning of the book! I listened to this in the car a lot and people probably thought I was crazy. Sedaris covers everything from his relationship with his father to feeding a tumor to a snapping turtle. The audio includes parts of his stand-up shows which I really loved the inclusion of. I’m not sure I thought those bits were as funny as the rest, but they were definitely entertaining.
I enjoyed listening to Calypso so much that I was always sad when I had to stop. I did the audio CDs from the library or I probably would have listened to this in just one day. It was like I was TRYING to find excuses to drive my car so I could listen… It made me laugh, but I also loved how insightful he was. I definitely don’t agree with all his world views, but there was a lot I could get behind even as a 33-year-old female. My husband didn’t find him all that funny, so this won’t be everyone’s favorite, but it was definitely one of mine.
Final Thought: I loved Calypso and I am already thinking about tracking down and listening to his other books ASAP. This collection of essays makes you think, laugh and feel all the feels. I didn’t know much about Sedaris before, but this made me an instant fan and I can’t recommend the audio enough!
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5