Calypso
David Sedaris

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Overview
Author
David Sedaris
Year Published
2018
Type
Non-Fiction
Genre
Semi-Autobiographical
About the Title

“Calypso” is a combination of short stories written by David Sedaris as a narration of his personal life's experiences. When expressing these experiences, Sedaris uses a cheerful yet profound method of storytelling, giving a humorous element to his problems. “Calypso” digs deep into the themes of aging and mortality as the author vastly discusses them through various analogies. He addresses aging by giving an analogy of his father who is ‘not yet dead' and the potentially fatal body growths that he has. “Calypso” is a unique approach to storytelling that seeks to hold and keep the attention of the reader through humorous remarks and positions. The book describes the day to day occurrences of the author’s life. At times, it reflects something of a journal detailing his experiences and those of his family. There are stories about his sister, Tiffany, who committed suicide. Even with these sensitive subjects, the author brings up the story in a subtle, humorous manner. Sedaris also describes how he will recall the memories of his father who, ironically, is still alive. All the stories in “Calypso” conjure up the feeling of the author journeying through his memories. The author combines stories of success and unhappiness allowing for the reader to try and pick out their lessons for themselves. However, he also feels that having luxuries and what he wants is in vain if he loses his family and his loved ones. Sedaris is, therefore, a unique writer who details sorrow in a wistful manner that engrosses the reader and leaves them wanting more of his experiences.

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