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Hey Buddy, Can you Spare A Book? / Dejvid Sedaris // Obuci Svoju Porodicu u Somot i Džins

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Devjid Sedaris je, kao što sam već spominjala u jednom od prethodnih književnih postova, jedan od mojih omiljenih, ako ne i naomiljeniji pisac, i po mom mišljenju, neprikosnoveni kralj non-fiction comedy žanra. Jednog dana kada budem dovoljno hrabra, bicu kao Sedaris and tell it all. Ovu konkretnu recencziju radila sam još pre par godina za Bukmarkic, i sada vam je donosim i ovde sa posebnim razlogom. Naime, moj najbolji prijatelj i kum, za rođendan mi je poklonio još dva Sedarisova dela koja će se brzinom svetlosti naći na blogu, te je ovo pravo vreme da se podsetimo zašto volimo Sedarisa, i zašto mu se stalno treba vraćati. Na žalost, njegova ostala dela još uvek nisu prevedena na engleski, tako da će mnogo od vas uživati samo  somotu i džinsu dok se izdavačke kuće ne smiluju da nam prevedu ove dragulje, ili dok se konačno ne odlučite da krenete sa učenjem engleskog jezika.

Devid Sedaris, as I have already mentioned in one of the previous literary posts, is one of my favorite, if not  the most favorite writer, and in my opinion, the undisputed king of the non-fiction comedy genre. One day when I’m brave enough, I’ll be like Sedaris and tell it all. I made this specific review a few years ago for Buckmarkic, and now I’m bringing  it here for a special reason. Namely, my best friend and best man,  gave me two more of Sedaris’s works for my birthday, which will be on my blog at the speed of light , and this is the right time to remind ourselves why we love Sedaris, and why we should return to him constantly. Unfortunately, his other works have not yet been translated into English, so many of you will enjoy only Corduroy and Jeans, as the publishers have not yet translated these jewels into Serbian. So there’s either that, or you finally need to start learning English.

Dejvid Sedaris je jedan od najduhovitijih pisaca današnjice, posebno ako pod duhovitim smatrate ispuštanje neartikulisanih mini-krikova usled uzaludnih pokušaja da se u autobusu prepunom ljudi ne smejete na glas.

Knjiga o kojoj danas govorimo nosi naziv Obuci Svoju Porodicu u Somot i Džinskoja je nedavno prevedena na srpski jezik u izdanju Samizdata. Napisana je u formi kolekcije koja sadrži 22 urnebesne kratke priče koje ćete biti primorani da progutate u jednom sedenju jer će napuštanje knjige biti kao da idete protiv svoje prirode.  Kroz 22 priče Sedaris će vam pružiti golu istinu o sebi, svojoj porodici, komšijama iz predgrađa u kom je proveo detinjstvo, niko, ali apsolutno niko u Sederisovom životu nije pošteđen.

David Sedaris is one of the most inspiring writers of today, especially if under witty consider releasing  inarticulate mini-cries due to futile attempts to make yourself stop laughing on the bus full of people. The book we are talking about today is called Dress Your Family in Corduroy  and Jeans, which has recently been translated into Serbian by Samizdat. It is written in the form of a collection of stories and contains 22 hilarious short stories that you will be forced to devour in one sitting, as leaving the book will be like going against  nature. Through 22 stories, Sedaris will give you  genuine truth about himself, hisfamily, neighbors from the suburbs where he spent childhood, and no one, but absolutely nobody in Sederis’s life is spared.

U jednoj od priča otkriće nam običaj njegove majke da bez obrazloženja ponekad izbaci svoju decu iz kuće, bez obzira na vremenske uslove, te su oni kao vapaj za pažnjom rešili da najmlađu sestru Tifani nagovore da legne na sred puta kako bi je udario auto, jer bi to za njihovu majku bila lekcija koju nikad ne bi zaboravila.U drugoj priči će pak otkriti javnosti nesposobnost svog oca da ikad dovede stvari do kraja, osobina koju je porodica morala da otkrije kroz razočarenje usled propalog sna o kupovini kuće na plaži. Nakon tog fijaska nisu više verovali ocu čak ni kad ih kaže da će da ih vodi na sladoled. Naravno, na tapetu su se našli i ostali članovi porodice, kao što je njegov brat Pol kog je čitava porodica smatrala onim članom koji ima najviše potencijala da propadne u životu, a taj isti Pol će jednog dana postati uspešan preduzetnik i jedini član porodice Sedaris koji će produžiti lozu. Uprkos tome  Pol  će ostati upamćen kao onaj član koji je iz kuće izašao u donjem vešu i iz kante za smeće uzeo pokvarenu piletinu koju je par sati ranije bacio, jer je po njegovim rečima i “pokvarena piletina bolje nego nikakva piletina”.

In one of the stories he will discover the habit of his mother to kick  her children from home without any reason, regardless of weather conditions, and they, as a cry for attention, decide to tell the youngest sister Tiffany to lie down in the middle of the road to get hit by a car, because it would be a lesson  their mother would never forget. In the second story he will reveal to the public the inability of his father to see things through, a trait that the family had to discover through disappointment due to a failed dream of buying a house on the beach. After this fiasco, they no longer believed their father even when he said he would take  them to get ice cream. Of course, other members of the family, such as his brother Paul, who was considered by the whole family as the member who has the highest potential to fail in life, of course, will become one of the successful entrepreneurs and the only member of the Sedaris family who will one day actually procreate and have a family. In spite of this, Paul will remain remembered as the one who came out of the house in his underwear and took a bad chicken that he had thrown out a few hours earlier, as he said “even bad chicken is better than no chicken”. 

Ipak, osoba prema kojoj je Sedaris bio najnemilosrdniji je on sam, te kroz knjigu saznajemo o njegovim opsesivno kompulsivnim navikama, o epizodi života u kojoj se pretvarao da je mladi hipik jer je shvatio da ako samo zamoli ljude za novac uspeće da skupi dovoljno za bordo prsluk koji je želeo mesecima, ali hipi faza bude završena onog trenutka kada biva nokautiran od strane besnog mladog vojnika u luna parku. Tu je naravno i priča o njegovom bizarnom prijateljstvu sa devojčicom koja je živela u stanu pored i zbog koje će na kraju morati da se iseli iz zgrade,ali ne bih da prepričavanjem uništim element iznenađenja, verujte mi samo da razlog nije ono što biste prvo pomislili.

Kao neko ko religiozno čita Sedarisova dela, ipak moram reći da ovo nije njegova najduhovitija knjiga. Za mene, tu krunu nosi njegovo delo pod nazivom Naked. Uprkos tome, treba naglasiti da uprkos tome ovo jeste jedna bolno duhovita knjiga ispunjena oštrim i pronicljivim zapažanjima tuđih i sopstvenih slabosti, prožeta momentima melanholije, knjiga koju ćete definitivno čuvati na svojim policama, često joj se vraćati i biti izuzetno nevoljni da je pozajmljujete prijateljima iz straha da će vam se opet čitati čim se nađe u tuđim rukama. Jer iskreno, kako ne voleti knjigu čije jedno od poglavlja počinje rečenicom “Sedeo sam na tremu i davio miša u kanti vode“.

Jedva čekam da vidim šta će Me Talke Pretty One Day doneti, a nakon toga još jedan treat od fenomenalnog Sedarisa i mog tajnog kraša.

However, the person whom Sedaris is the hardest on is himself, and through the book we learn about his obsessive compulsive habits, about the episode of his  life in which he pretended to be a young hippie, because he realized that if he only asked people for money, he would be able to collect enough for the burgundy vest that he wanted for months, but the hippie phase came to an end  when he was knocked out by a raging young soldier in the park. There is, of course, a story about his bizarre friendship with a girl who lived in the apartment next door and because of whom he will eventually have to leave the building, but I would not destroy the element of surprise with spoilers, Just trust me that the reason for this move isn’t what you think it is. 

As someone who religiously reads Sedaris’s works, I must say that this is not his most inspiring book. For me, this crown still belongs to his collection called Naked. Nevertheless, it should be emphasized that despite this, this is a painfully witty book filled with sharp and perceptive observations of others’ and of his own weaknesses, spilled over by the moments of melancholy. This is a book that you will definitely keep on your shelves, often returning to it, and fell extremely reluctant to lend it to friends out of sheer fear that you will want to read it again as soon as it is found in someone else’s hands. Because honestly, not to love a book whose chapter begins with a sentence “I was sitting on the floor drowning a mouse in a can of water is virtually impossible” I can not wait to see what the Me Talk Pretty One Day will bring, and then another treat from the phenomenal Sedaris, my spirit animal and secret crush.

 

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