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It is not easy to be David Sedaris. But what a complicated world it would be without him, without autobiographical stories like these 22 gems, which show us that laughter is the most valid response to the unexpected, the absurdity of life, the fearfulness of what is closest to us and, of course, the unintentionally funny.

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A Sunday Dress revisits the classic elements in David Sedaris’ narrative; the author’s humorous blend of fiction and autobiography. In this collection of portraits and anecdotes, Sedaris reveals the most absurd side of everyday life: he goes on vacation with his family, attends his brother’s wedding, has a blood test, eats a hamburger. All of these are perfectly normal activities, but in Sedaris’ world, they take on an unsuspected comedy.

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To the point: this Sedaris is a delight in general terms, the concept of delight used here as a compendium of the qualities of humorous literature. The look, the right word, the restraint necessary to provoke laughter. Every collection of short stories is a mountain range, and there are peaks and there are valleys, but the 22 stories of ‘Vestido de domingo’ maintain an admirable and homogeneous level. A high level. With respect to the rest of his work, it probably represents a first stage of maturity after his very first publications (‘Vestido de domingo’ occupies the fifth place in his editorial chronology), and that is so in the sense that it is no longer only funny, even hilarious (although before that was enough for us), but it achieves -and here is the big difference, the gesture of maturity- depth. And there is yet another silky attribute, tenderness. It may have to do with the fact that the stories are autobiographical and familiar. It is possible. In short, Sedaris makes us laugh but he doesn’t just make us laugh. Such is the way to become a gourmet dish.

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It’s not easy to be David Sedaris. But what a complicated world it would be without him, without autobiographical stories like these 22 gems, which show us that laughter is the most valid response to the unexpected, the absurdity of life, the fearfulness of what is closest to us and, of course, the unintentionally funny.

<p>It’s not easy to be David Sedaris. But what a complicated world it would be without him, without autobiographical stories like these 22 gems, which show us that laughter is the most valid response to the unexpected, the absurdity of life, the frightening of the near and, of course, the unintentionally funny.

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