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Happy-Go-Lucky af David Sedaris
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Happy-Go-Lucky (udgave 2022)

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Family & Relationships. Literary Criticism. Nonfiction. Humor (Nonfiction.) HTML:David Sedaris, the "champion storyteller," (Los Angeles Times) returns with his first new collection of personal essays since the bestselling Calypso.
Back when restaurant menus were still printed on paper, and wearing a mask??or not??was a decision made mostly on Halloween, David Sedaris spent his time doing normal things. As Happy-Go-Lucky opens, he is learning to shoot guns with his sister, visiting muddy flea markets in Serbia, buying gummy worms to feed to ants, and telling his nonagenarian father wheelchair jokes.

But then the pandemic hits, and like so many others, he's stuck in lockdown, unable to tour and read for audiences, the part of his work he loves most. To cope, he walks for miles through a nearly deserted city, smelling only his own breath. He vacuums his apartment twice a day, fails to hoard anything, and contemplates how sex workers and acupuncturists might be getting by during quarantine.

As the world gradually settles into a new reality, Sedaris too finds himself changed. His offer to fix a stranger's teeth rebuffed, he straightens his own, and ventures into the world with new confidence. Newly orphaned, he considers what it means, in his seventh decade, no longer to be someone's son. And back on the road, he discovers a battle-scarred America: people weary, storefronts empty or festooned with Help Wanted signs, walls painted with graffiti reflecting the contradictory messages of our time: Eat the Rich. Trump 2024. Black Lives Matter.

In Happy-Go-Lucky, David Sedaris once again captures what is most unexpected, hilarious, and poignant about these recent upheavals, personal and public, and expresses in precise language both the misanthropy and desire for connection that drive us all. If we must live in interesting times, there is no one better to chronicle them than the incomparable David Se
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Titel:Happy-Go-Lucky
Forfattere:David Sedaris (Forfatter)
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2022), Edition: First Edition, 272 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Essays
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Even a bitter Sedaris is still funny
Review of the Little, Brown & Company audiobook edition (May 31, 2022) narrated by the author, released simultaneously with the Little, Brown & Company hardcover original.

The terrible shame about the pandemic in the United States is that more than 800,000 people have died to date, and I didn’t get to choose a one of them.


Happy-Go-Lucky consists of 18 recent David Sedaris monologues/mini-memoir-essays, some of them recorded in live performances. Themes and Variations (2020) appeared earlier as an Amazon Original Story which I reviewed as Funny as Ever.

Several of the essays relate to the COVID lockdown era and overall there seemed to be a more bitter and curmudgeonly tone to many of them. Topics included COVID, American gun culture, mortality and death esp. the passing of Sedaris' own father etc. So there were some rather grim areas where the humour is darker than usual.

Where I live now, in the UK, it’s hard to get a rifle and next to impossible to secure a handgun. Yet somehow, against all odds, British people feel free. Is it that they don’t know what they’re missing? Or is the freedom they feel the freedom of not being shot to death in a classroom or shopping mall or movie theater?


In any case, I've been a long-term Sedaris fan and am ready to keep following him down the darker roads as well.

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You Want it Darker by Leonard Cohen. ( )
  alanteder | Nov 23, 2023 |
I almost feel like David Sedaris is a family member. In the past few years I have listened to his books exclusively on audio book and when I am in the middle of one it is always such a wonderful thing to look forward to hours of David entertaining me while I cook or drive. I really enjoyed this collection. His ruminations on his aging and dying father were particularly poignant to me. His fearless conversations about his family and the dynamics and difficulties they have had have been reassuring and instructive to me. I am always looking forward to his next book. ( )
  alanna1122 | Oct 8, 2023 |
Sedaris truly captures being holed up in Manhattan during the pandemic, as well as his anxious return to the stage and the road he has always loved. But things have changed: he travels through a now troubled post(ish) Covid America. As a cultural snapshot of where we are in the pandemic, Sedaris is, as always, spot on in his observations. They are rather a icky - sick making - reflection of the current soul of America.

Finally, with my apologies for getting hyper-pop psychology here: Over the years Sedaris has shared his father, Lou with us. Along with the disturbing aspects of Lou’s personality, Sedaris has also showed us how fully committed he has been in fulfilling his family obligations for his dad. There has always been a challenging form of love there. In Happy Go Lucky, Sedaris is surprisingly honest and, yes, bitter in his final goodbye to his father, Lou. His end of life thoughts on his life-long troubles with his dad are very very sad - and I’m sure relatable by many. All in all I feel that Sedaris certainly must know and appreciate that he is truly loved and accepted by his surviving family, his many friends, and his many many fans, but Lou’s rejection is a wound that seems to continue to mar his enjoyment of all the love and admiration in his life. Just a thought, maybe Sedaris really is Happy Go Lucky. ( )
  GretchenOnHudson | Aug 29, 2023 |
David Sedaris never fails to put me in a better mood. His dry wit and unflinching world view are unmatched. Happy Go Lucky may be one of my favorite essay collections to date. The over-arching theme is the slow death of his 98 year old father but interspersed are stories of his teeth, young gay love in France, mask wearing, hurricanes, and so much more. Lou Sedaris was a complicated man and his children all had difficult relationships with him - but in his later years he turned into a pussycat. Laugh out loud funny, heartfelt, and filled with wry observations, Sedaris is the absolute best. ( )
  ecataldi | Jul 27, 2023 |
Whether he’s writing and speaking about the pandemic, travel in Eastern Europe, or his family, Sedaris’ gift for finding humor in the most absurd places is undeniable, and this book is no exception. I was surprised to find that the pandemic jokes and anecdotes in this book had the effect of normalizing my reactions to the past few years, and I even felt the beginning of some healing. Thanks for that, Mr. Sedaris. ( )
  CatherineB61 | May 31, 2023 |
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Family & Relationships. Literary Criticism. Nonfiction. Humor (Nonfiction.) HTML:David Sedaris, the "champion storyteller," (Los Angeles Times) returns with his first new collection of personal essays since the bestselling Calypso.
Back when restaurant menus were still printed on paper, and wearing a mask??or not??was a decision made mostly on Halloween, David Sedaris spent his time doing normal things. As Happy-Go-Lucky opens, he is learning to shoot guns with his sister, visiting muddy flea markets in Serbia, buying gummy worms to feed to ants, and telling his nonagenarian father wheelchair jokes.

But then the pandemic hits, and like so many others, he's stuck in lockdown, unable to tour and read for audiences, the part of his work he loves most. To cope, he walks for miles through a nearly deserted city, smelling only his own breath. He vacuums his apartment twice a day, fails to hoard anything, and contemplates how sex workers and acupuncturists might be getting by during quarantine.

As the world gradually settles into a new reality, Sedaris too finds himself changed. His offer to fix a stranger's teeth rebuffed, he straightens his own, and ventures into the world with new confidence. Newly orphaned, he considers what it means, in his seventh decade, no longer to be someone's son. And back on the road, he discovers a battle-scarred America: people weary, storefronts empty or festooned with Help Wanted signs, walls painted with graffiti reflecting the contradictory messages of our time: Eat the Rich. Trump 2024. Black Lives Matter.

In Happy-Go-Lucky, David Sedaris once again captures what is most unexpected, hilarious, and poignant about these recent upheavals, personal and public, and expresses in precise language both the misanthropy and desire for connection that drive us all. If we must live in interesting times, there is no one better to chronicle them than the incomparable David Se

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