When You Are Engulfed in Flames
David Sedaris's ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art, (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book.Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using... show more
David Sedaris's ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art, (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book.Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds-to the most deeply resonant human truths. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection is a new masterpiece of comic writing from "a writer worth treasuring" (Seattle Times).Praise for When You Are Engulfed in Flames:"Older, wiser, smarter and meaner, Sedaris...defies the odds once again by delivering an intelligent take on the banalities of an absurd life." Kirkus ReviewsThis latest collection proves that not only does Sedaris still have it, but he's also getting better....Sedaris's best stuff will stillafter all this timemove, surprise, and entertain." BooklistTable of Contents:It's Catching Keeping Up The Understudy This Old House Buddy, Can You Spare a Tie?Road Trips What I Learned That's Amore The Monster Mash In the Waiting Room Solutions to Saturday's Puzzle Adult Figures Charging Toward a Concrete Toadstool Memento Mori All the Beauty You Will Ever Need Town and Country Aerial The Man in the Hut Of Mice and Men April in ParisCrybabyOld FaithfulThe Smoking Section
Publish date: 03-06-2008
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Edition language: English
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, Short Stories
Oh, Mr. Sedaris. You charmed me with your stories and had me in stitches on my drive to work. But with this collection, not so much. I found myself skipping through the stories, waiting for one to grab my attention, but this book felt more like ranting, and less like your previous books. I read ...
It's interesting to see the trajectory of David Sedaris' writing. I'm not the first one to say that I much prefer his earlier collections of stories and in this book, I can see the scales start to tip from funny, appreciative documenting of the foibles of humanity to a darker, meaner streak that rea...
Not my favorite of his books. Still has the Sedaris charm and wit but it didn't have the oomph of my favorite books he has written. I wouldn't recommend this one as a starter for picking up a Sedaris book, but entertaining no matter what.
Sedaris continues to write witty and humorous stories based on his life, but it seems as though most of the interesting experiences he's had since his last book have taken place in either taxis or hotel rooms. No doubt that's a reflection of his life, but it's considerably less engrossing than his ...