In David Sedaris's world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. Sedaris's collection of essays and stories is a rollicking tour through the national Zeitgeist: a do-it-yourself suburban dad saves money by performing home surgery; a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the... show more
In David Sedaris's world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. Sedaris's collection of essays and stories is a rollicking tour through the national Zeitgeist: a do-it-yourself suburban dad saves money by performing home surgery; a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the world; a teenage suicide tries to incite a lynch mob at her funeral; a bitter Santa abuses the elves. With a perfect eye and a voice infused with as much empathy as wit, Sedaris writes stories and essays that target the soulful ridiculousness of our behavior. Barrel Fever is like a blind date with modern life, and anything can happen.
Publish date: June 1st 1995
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages no: 196
Edition language: English
I always find plenty to enjoy in David Sedaris books. Particularly if they're performed by him. And even more if his sister Amy is involved. I don't find every story incredibly funny but even those that I don't like a whole lot gives me something to chuckle about.
I listened to this book right after I finished An Ember in the Ashes because I needed a lighthearted funny read and David Sedaris is always good for that. Barrel Fever has some real life essays but is mainly fictional. It was a little weird to read because this is his first book, and it's very diffe...
I actually stopped reading this which is something I usually hate to do, but in this instance I just didn't see the stories improving as I went on. This was my first introduction to Sedaris and I'm really disappointed. I suppose that his sense of humour just isn't my cup of tea and that surprised ...
Let's look at pros and cons. Pro: Read by David and Amy Sedaris. Con: Not the best work of David Sedaris. Con: Highly abridged. Result: 2 stars.The audio book container is marked "Barrel Fever:Stories and Essays" and also "Barrel Fever and Other Stories". It is also marked "Complete and Unabridged",...
Sedaris is one of the few authors belonging to my "can't read in public" category because I simply can't read anything he writes while in public without laughing so hard that I fall over and end up rolling on the floor. Comedians and their essay collections come and go, but Barrel Fever will always ...