Book Review: Me Talk Pretty One Day

 

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Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris, is an intriguing read. The book is separated into two main parts: before and after. Before his move to Normandy France, and after him journeying across the pond. Starting off by discussing his rural childhood growing up in North Carolina with his four siblings: Amy. Gretchen, Lisa, and Rooster. It continues to explain his relationships with others as he leaves Raleigh, goes off to New York, and eventually France. Moving to France was never a goal for him, as explained in the novel, but he journeyed there with his partner, Hugh. Without speaking French, the natural comedian David is allowed for many humorous moments to be – quite literally – lost in translation. Published the same year I was born, 2000, it has not lost its charm, or its intrigue over time. A collection of short stories and essays from the author, an American humorist, it captures the reader’s interest from beginning to end. It is not the best book I have ever read, nor has it impacted me in some deep, profound way; however, it is still a good read. Starting off in North Carolina, where David chronicles moments from his childhood, to how he ended up in France the same way people end up anywhere: by accident. The book hits real emotional points and feels as though you are speaking with a true confidant instead of reading another novel. Many people should be able to identify with the emotions of the writer throughout the story, which underlines one of the main points of the story: everyone struggles, some struggles are just more humorous than others. I would recommend this book for ages 14+ as long as the reader has an understanding of the negative effects of drug use because drugs and their effects intertwine with many plot points in the story.

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