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Je Parler Français

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  524,171 Ratings  ·  15,218 Reviews
David Sedaris' move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including the title essay, about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section. His family is another inspiration. You Can't Kill the Rooster is a portrait of his brother, who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his b ...more
301 pages
Published 2000 by le Grand livre du mois
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Kyle These stories are in the book but left out of the audiobook:
"Genetic Engineering"
"You Can't Kill the Rooster"
"Big Boy"
"The Great Leap Forward"
"Smart…more
These stories are in the book but left out of the audiobook:
"Genetic Engineering"
"You Can't Kill the Rooster"
"Big Boy"
"The Great Leap Forward"
"Smart Guy"
"The Late Show"

And these two very short pieces are in the audiobook but left out of the book:
"Poems About Dogs"
"A Million Bubbles"

Personally, I prefer reading the book. I liked the audiobook but am not a fan of the live recordings. (less)
Nick While there is a particular essay that shares the title with book "Me Talk Pretty One Day" later in the book, the theme of voice and identity is…moreWhile there is a particular essay that shares the title with book "Me Talk Pretty One Day" later in the book, the theme of voice and identity is revisited throughout. (less)
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Brian
Oct 02, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just don't care for David Sedaris.

There, I've said it. I've made peace with the fact. I have stared deep into the cockles of my heart, and forced myself to come to the only obvious-but-unpopular conclusion.

I just don't care for David Sedaris.

It was somewhat of an existential struggle for me to reach this conclusion because I'm exactly the kind of person who should like David Sedaris.

I am a sarcastic Generation Xer with an overdeveloped sense of irony. I enjoy reading personal essays about poi
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Kasia


That about sums it up.

Because, what's the point to these anecdotes? Are you trying to tell me something Mr. Sedaris? I think not. You think you're funny? Meh, not that funny. Special? You're not that special either. You're a writer, just another writer. What's the big deal?

As I said, I don't care much for your little stories. Seriously, my dear, I don't give a damn.
Tim
Aug 01, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witty, wry, bitter, delightful.

My mom gave me the book. I was living in France at the time, so she thought David Sedaris and I would have a ton in common. She went to a Sedaris booksigning to get a personalized message to her gay son in France. After he was done reading, she jumped up to get him to write a note to me, "David! My son is gay! He's living in France right now, please sign this copy for him!" He had already started an orderly signing process, going down the rows. He looked at her dis
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David
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: low-calorie
I've been thinking a lot about this, and I have come to the conclusion that David Sedaris is one of the worst human beings in history, i.e., since human beings were first invented by an incompetent, Jerry Lewis-like god or by the inscrutable permutations of natural phenomena. This isn't a moral judgment. It's more like when someone tells you that you have spinach stuck in your teeth. It's both the mere reportage of a fact and a public service. Because, after all, you wouldn't want to walk around ...more
Jen
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Sedaris is a quirky kind of writer. I needed a palate cleanser after the last few heavy reads and this one delivered. From a betrayal of the tongue (which required speech therapy), to a midget music teacher and some various comical moments in his life, his memoir had me chuckling out loud and talking about it to whomever was in the room.
But alas, a third of the way in, it read like a rant and I quickly became bored. What began as a breath of fresh air became stale but did give a final gasp at t
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Me talk Pretty one day, David Sedaris (1956)
Me Talk Pretty One Day, published in 2000, is a bestselling collection of essays by American humorist David Sedaris. The book is separated into two parts. The first part consists of essays about Sedaris’s life before his move to Normandy, France, including his upbringing in suburban Raleigh, North Carolina, his time working odd jobs in New York City, and a visit to New York from a childhood friend and her bumpkinish girlfriend. The second section, "Deu
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Carrie
Apr 29, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I were in someone else's bathroom and there were no other reading materials except for something by David Sedaris, I would pick it up and flip through it. I probably would even find myself slightly amused. But my basic opinion about David Sedaris - which is that he is boring, not very funny, mean and bitchy, and too lazy to write a novel - would remain unchanged.

Remember when people who had fucked up or interesting lives drew on their personal experiences to create artful, often symbolic sto
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Matthew
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, audio, humor, hoopla, 2017
Another collection of Sedaris tales as we have come to know and love. His cynical banter and humorous anecdotes shine again. While some might say the same old formula gets old, with Sedaris it is expected and greatly appreciated. (I even heard he changed the formula in a recent book and it was not well received)

I listened to the audio and love hearing the words from the mouth of the author. His delivery and timing are perfect - which I suppose is to be expected as they are his words, but not eve
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Gemma
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
This book has been my tube companion for the past fortnight. It is the perfect accompaniment to the London commute for two reasons:

1) The essays are perfectly formed, so you can be assured that you'll be able to finish 3 little chunks over 40 minutes or so. Once the train trundled into Westminster station I would know to quicken my pace so as to finish another section before alighting at Blackfriars and elbowing some bankers.

2) My tube line is the epitome of the British stiff upper lip. People's
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Bob
Jul 03, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bob by: Dion Garrett
Shelves: stopped-reading
Yes. I realize this book is supposed to be hilarious. Yes. I realize I'm not a hip gen-x'er if I don't happen to think it is. Yet...

I feel like Sedaris accurately summed up his entire approach to writing on page 44: "True art was based upon despair, and the important thing was to make yourself and those around you as miserable as possible." He meant this as satire, I'm sure...but what I found truly halarious was that he didn't even realize that he just described the book I was currently reading.
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Fabian
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A reviewer was correct when he said: "Sedaris can turn a rant into a thing of beauty." (Michael Upchurch-Seattle Times) But only correct about the noun/verb "rant." That he does in profusion; all these "essays" are rants about his life and times. But "Thing of beauty?"
Absolutely not.

For a popular writer, Mr. Sedaris maintains that he is more important than anything else, anybody else, any other subject. He only looks at himself in situations and tells us his witty reactions/musings. Funny, a lit
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Gypsy

ریویو رو دو بار نوشتم و پاک شد و منم خب لجباز بازم می نویسم. با پی سی دیگه ای دارم می تایپم و خعلی تحت فشارم. :دی خیلی خلاصه می گم. من آدمی ام که دنبال خندیدنم و این کتاب بهم ندادش راستشو بخواین. نه این که اصلاْ نخندم یا بگم لوس و خنک و مسخره بود. ولی اون قدرام خنده دار نبود. نهایت خندیدنم یه پوزخند دو ثانیه ای بود. البته این وسط چیزی هس که طنز رو حساس می کنه و اونم ظرافت های ادبی و زبانی و همچنین فرهنگی و ارزشی و عرفی هس. این جاس که مترجم به چالش کشیده میشه و همت و زحمت می طلبه و خلاقیتش سنجیده
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FeReSHte
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: اونایی که دلشون خنده میخواد
طنز جالبی که بی مزه نباشه ژانریه که تو محصولات فرهنگی داخلی کمتر بهش برخورد کردم و کمبودش رو همیشه حس میکنم و به ناچار برای تجربه ش سراغ سریالها و فیلم ها و کتابهای عمدتا امریکایی رفتم..ژانری که بخش زیادیش با مسائل فرهنگی همون جا آمیخته شده

شاید برای من قسمت زیادی از لذت کتاب،ناشی از خوندن متن اصلی بود ولی باز هم میخوام اینجا از آقای خاکسار بابت ترجمه ی کارهای سداریس تشکر کنم.فکر میکنم به قسمت عظیمی از اهدافشون که اشنا کردن مخاطب ایرانی با نویسندگان کمتر شناخته شده ولی خوب بود،رسیدند
متن اصلی شامل
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Glenn Sumi
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
Incredibly, this is the first Sedaris book I've read, and it more than lives up to the hype.

Calling him a humourist doesn't do him justice. Sure, he's read-aloud-to-your-friends funny, but he's also a shrewd social satirist and very, very smart, able to evoke the pain of childhood speech therapy classes, the humiliation of learning French as an adult, or the mortification of finding a huge turd in a friend's toilet (this latter story, by the way, is only in the abridged audio version of the book
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Parastoo Ashtian
هیچوقت مدافع سرسخت فرانسویها نبودهام ولی واقعا باید به ملتی که تحت هیچ شرایطی موقع فیلم تماشا کردن حرف نمیزنند احترام گذاشت. من اینجا کنار گروهی بچه مدرسهای که به دیدن یک فیلم مزخرف بزنبکش آمدهاند نشستهام و حتی یک نفر لب از لب باز نکرده. آخرین باری که در یک سینمای آمریکایی سکوت را تجربه کردم یادم نیست. فکر کنم تماشاگران ما تمام روز حرف نمی زنند و تمام حرفهایشان را میگذارند برای وقتی که فیلم شروع میشود. یک بار در یک سینمای معمولی نیویورک زدم روی شانهی مردی که جلوم نشسته بود و نقدش را قطع کردم و ا ...more
kian
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
با ترجمه پيمان خاكسار.


هرگز به عمرم نديدم پدرم جز از قفسههايي كه بالايشان نوشته: حراج به دليل نزديكي تاريخ انقضا، چيزي بردارد. تمام اقلام قفسههاي ديگر براي او نامرئي بودند.
به خاطر چيزي كه مادرم «يه جو شخصيت» ميناميد، من و خواهرانم به ندرت وارد اتاق پشتي ميشديم. بهتر بود فاصلهمان را حفظ كنيم و خودمان را بچههاي آدم ديگري جا بزنيم.
بالاخره پدرمان برميگشت با دستهايي پر از ميوههاي متلاشي كه هيچ شباهتي به ميوه نداشتند...
پيام عملش اين بود: اگر چيزي مجاني است، بهترينش را سوا كن! و...
سداريس، كتاب را به پ
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Erica
Jul 03, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You could turn up your nose at the president or Coke or even God, but there were names for boys who didn't like sports."

"Lisa had been born with a lazy leg that had refused to grow at the same rate as it's twin. I liked the idea that a part of one's body might be thought of as lazy--not thoughtless or hostile, just unwilling to extend itself for the betterment of the team."

"She was what we called Tanorexic."

"My father is the type who once recited a bawdy limerick: "A woman I know who's quite bl
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کتابخانه ي ما
... هر روز به ما میگویند که داریم در بهترین کشور دنیا زندگی میکنیم؛ همیشه هم به عنوان یک حقیقت غیرقابل انکار بیان میشود ... امریکا بهترین کشور دنیاست. با این باور بزرگ میشوی و وقتی یک روز میفهمی که کشورهای دیگر هم برای خودشان شعار ناسیونالیستی دارند و هیچ کدامشان هم این نیست که «ما دومی هستیم!» وحشت برت میدارد.
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Jason Koivu
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, non-fiction, humor
As the title suggests, much of Me Talk Pretty One Day revolves around speech and speaking:

> Back in school lil' David (I guess he's still kind of little, isn't he) was forced into correcting his sibilant speech by a highly determined therapist. We're led to wonder if she wasn't stamping out boys' lisps through out the North Carolina school with an ulterior motive.
> A move from NY to Paris prompts David to take French lessons in France with hilarious results.

But that's about all there is
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Dana

My first foray into the world of David Sedaris was “Exploring Diabetes with Owls”, which is arguably one of his lowest rated books. I, however enjoyed it, and when I saw a kindle daily deal of all his books I decided to grab a bunch. I figured if I enjoyed his low rated book than subsequently his older books would only get better and better for me.

And it seems like my random haul paid off because I really loved this book. I feel like reading this in public would be a great idea for shy people w
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Shovelmonkey1
Jun 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who talk pretty but think weird
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: people who already know who david sedaris is
Before I picked up this book I knew nothing about David Sedaris. If someone said to me now, "so why should I give a damn about David Sedaris" I probably still wouldn't be able to offer an adequate defence. What does David Sedaris do? Ummmm, I think he writes books about being David Sedaris.

But, to be fair and accurate he writes pretty funny books about being David Sedaris so if you think that comedy trumps vanity then come on in and join the David Sedaris club. On the whole I suspect that David
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Fionnuala
I live in a town in France with a shortage of bookshops which carry books in English and sometimes, in spite of the huge choices available online, I get a desperate urge to linger in a real bookshop, combing the shelves for treasure. Invariably, when I visit the one here, I find that I already own most of the more readable books they stock so sometimes I just take a chance based on the cover and the blurb. I liked the title of this collection of short pieces by David Sedaris and it said 'Wildly ...more
Masoum
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خُب دیگه، از این به بعد کافیه اسم سداریسُ رو جلد کتابی ببینم، بدون خوندن عنوان میخرمش و میرم سراغش!
این کتاب یه روند مشخص داستانی نداره، هر بخشش یه داستان جداست ولی خب از لحاظ محتوایی مرتبطن با هم.
زبانش طنزه و خیلی جاهاش بوده که قهقهه زدم، و فک میکنم با این وجود کتاب زبان اصلیش مسلما خندهدارتر باید باشه و طنزش قابل فهمتر:)
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معصومه توکلی
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: خیلی ها!
Recommended to معصومه by: همشهری داستان
ترجمه ی
Me Talk Pretty One Day
معمولاً طنزهای ترجمه شده آدم را نمی خندانند امّا این یکی استثنا بود!
اوّلین بار همین قصّه ی «من را یک روزی دلبر حرف زدن»!!!اش را خواندم (که با عنوان «زیر آسمان پاریس» توسّط احسان لطفی ترجمه و در همشهری داستان آذر 1389 منتشر شده بود) و چه بسیار خنده شد! بعد گذاشتمش در کیفم و با خودم بردمش خانه ی سمیرا. کِی؟ شب امتحان تعلیم و تربیت اسلامی پیشرفته به استادی روان شاد دکتر محمّدرضا شرفی
چهل سؤال داشتیم و می دانستیم که پنج سؤالِ امتحان به احتمال 99درصد، همه از همین چهل سؤال
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Mohammadjavad Abbasi
از اون دسته از آدمایی هستم که حتی با بی مزه ترین طنز های تو کتاب هم کلی میخندم :دی این کتاب هم منو خندوند ولی اونقدر که انتظار داشتم نبود.معمولا بعد از خوندن چند تا کتاب جدی حتما باید به کتاب طنز بخونم تا روحیه ام عوض بشه.
کتاب بیشتر شبیه فیلم های کمدی آمریکایی هست از همونایی که بیشتر با با چند تا فحش رکیک،چهار تا تیکه انداختن به این و اون یا مثلا چت کردن با شیشه و گل و شرح توهماتی که بهش دست داده سعی میکنن آدما بخندونن.
بعضی جا های کتاب هم خوب طبیعتا واسه مخاطب ایرانی نامفهمومه و فقط خود آمریکایی
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میعاد
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
دركل كتاب دوست داشتنى اى بود !

ولى به خاطر اينكه داره خاطرات پراكنده رو تعريف ميكنه و قرار نيست يه داستان واحد رو بگه اونجورى نيست كه جذبت كنه و بخواى ببينى چى ميشه!

فقط به عنوان يه كتاب طنز خوبه و چندتا از داستاناش خيلى خيلى بامزن

البته تو ترجمه فارسى به خاطر اينكه يه سرى جمله ها كه تو ترجمه طنزشو از دست ميده؛ باعث شده كه چند درجه از طنز كتاب كاسته شه! و من مدام بايد متن اصلى رو هم ميخوندم

يه فصل هم كه سانسور شده تو ترجمه!!!

اگه توانايى داريد كه انگليسيشو بخونين خيلى بهتر خواهد بود
Shayantani Das
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very very funny and David reading these stories himself was just the icing of the cake. Lots of lol moments, especially precious memories.

Read again on 22 January, 2012 ,

Recently a goodread friend asked me whether he should read David Sedaris. I said yes, of course, but at the same time, I started rummaging around my place, turning my house upside down looking for my audiobook CD. Reading Margaret Atwood got me in a really gloomy mood recently, but David Sedaris has successfully cheered me up a
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Mehrzad M.
خیلی خندیدم ، زیادی خندیدم .

هر جایی که این کتاب رو مطالعه می کردم ، توی اتوبوس یا مترو ، مطب پزشک یا خونه ، اونقدر خنده م می گرفت که باید جلوی خودم رو می گرفتم که گاف ندم ! نمی دونم چطور میشه این نوشته ها رو شخصیت های داستان رو دوست نداشت و همگام باهاشون نشد و نخندید .

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Paul
For the uninitiated (a group I belonged to before I bought this book based on a recommendation) this book is a collection of... well, actually, I'm not entirely sure what I'd call them. According to the small print guff at the front of the book, these... pieces of creative writing, for want of a better term... were originally published in various magazines, newspapers and the like or broadcast on the radio, but they're not really essays or articles or stories or even anecdotes, really.

It's a co
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Thomas
I came into this book expecting the voice of a pretentious, self-indulgent white male, and I finished this book smirking along with this funny, pretentious, and self-indulgent white male. I cannot judge David Sedaris as I do not know his true personality, but he portrays a quirky character in these essays. He reflects on concepts such as speech and family, and several of his pieces draw inspiration from his experience as an American living in France. While some of Sedaris's creative nonfiction - ...more
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David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated American humorist and radio contributor.

Sedaris came to prominence in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "SantaLand Diaries." He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. Each of his four subsequent essay collections, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Fa
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