David Sedaris

Decent Essays

An analysis of “Remembering my Childhood on the Continent of Africa” David Sedaris’s narrative, “Remembering my Childhood on the Continent of Africa,” contrasts the author’s formative years with those of his partner, Hugh Hamrick. Sedaris describes his childhood in North Carolina as “unspeakably dull” (297). Conversely, Sedaris seems to regard Hamrick’s childhood, which included “a field trip to an Ethiopian slaughterhouse” (296) and “a military coup in which forces sympathetic to the colonel arrived late at night to assassinate [his] next door neighbor” (298-299) as foreign and exciting, if in an occasionally traumatizing sort of way. Sedaris’s account was purportedly written out of jealousy, in an attempt to borrow from his

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