When You Are Engulfed in Flames
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 ...more
I can sincerely type LOL, or even ROFL, or LSHIS (laughed so hard I snorted).
This is funny.
Sedaris has a rare gift of relating a hilarious story or by simply telling a commonplace occurrence in a funny way.
So why just three stars? In between the laughs is the not altogether likable persona of Sedaris. He may imp ...more
"The houses looked like something a child might draw, a row of shaky squares with triangles on top. Add a door, add two windows. Think of putting a tree in the front yard, and then decide against it because branches aren't worth the trouble." (Page 27)
"...I referred to him as Sir Lance-a-Lot. 'Once is not a lot,' he said. This was true, but Sir Lance Occasionally lacks a certain ring." (Page 238)
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That’s my review: eh.
With maybe a shoulder shrug.
Someone better read than I recently remarked something to the effect of, “Once you’ve read one David Sedaris book, haven’t you read them all?”
And Kurt Vonnegut.
And several others. But that’s neither here nor there.
Sedaris’s recent book makes such a dismissive comment truer than ever. For readers familiar with Holidays on Ice, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and Me Talk Pretty One Day, there is little Funny and Original to enjoy fro ...more
The funniest collection by David Sedaris that I’ve read so far. There just aren’t words to express how happy these books make me. Sedaris is by far my favorite humorist/essayist/columnist/whatever-ist you want to call him. His writing can turn my frown upside down and always leaves me laughing like a lunatic.
My infatuation actually began with another Sedaris – David’s sister Amy. Anyone who looks like this:
But prefers to get paid for ...more
Herein are more of his usual daily-life topics: getting to know the neighbors (I.E. the local child molester), his fascination with creepy shit, the annoying people that enter his life, relationship issues (poor Hugh comes in for it in this one!), his pet spider and a mish-mash of other stuff.
Sedaris is very open about his personal issues. He has some OCDs and ...more
I don't think I would recommend that someone start here if th ...more
First off, I understand that you live in France. With your boyfriend. In France. Where they speak French, because it's France. Thank you for reminding me you live in France, with your boyfriend, where they speak French, with funny French accents, and funny funny French words, with their French ways, every ten to twelve pages. Else I might have forgotten you live in . . . wait, where was it again?
No, seriously, I'm glad you have an army of NPR-head fans to squirm with delight at ...more
This is another great collection, on par with his other works for all the Sedaris fans out there. There is one story in particular (“That's Amore”) -- or rather a character in ...more
As an avid listener of NPR's This American Life, I have, from time to time, heard stories from David Sedaris and found them highly enjoyable. So enjoyable, in fact, that I've been driving to work almost in tears from laughter. What I exp ...more
When You Are Engulfed in Flames explores the give-and-take of long-term relationships, some objectionable neighbors, the struggles of quitting smoking or learning a new language, and Japanese society — always in pretty funny ways. While not as hilarious as ...more
I think it's a testament to my always forgetting how much I like him that I guess I've read all his stuff, but I absolutely never think of him as an au ...more
I enjoyed this one a lot more than 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' and I think it's possibly because I read MTPOD on my Kindle and listened to WYAEIF as an audiobook read by the author. Hearing Sedaris deliver his material is a whole different beast from reading it yourself.
The only reason I haven't given this 5 stars is becau ...more
The observation I have for this collection is that with Mr. Sedaris giving up drinking, drugs, and smoking... his stories seem to be a bit more tame. Much more focus on his boyfriend Hugh or stories ti ...more
That's okay. I get it. The musings of a white, gay, affluent male with an extensive drug past aren't for everyone.
But, I couldn't stop laughing. To be specific, I chuckled, I chortled, I giggled, I guffawed. I tittered behind my hand, I fell forward with deep ...more
His stories are not particularly funny or clever. I feel like anyone could be a David Sedaris. Sit some asshole down and tell him to write something remotely funny in a memoir kind of way, and there you have it: David Sedaris. The New Yorker will publish it at first in short stories and from there someone will ask you to compile it ...more
I could go on about the maturation I see happening in his work, but I won't. N ...more
Continuing my audio David Sedaris rereads. I’m not sure what’s more fantastic, Sedaris reading his dark and often hilarious stories, or this van Gogh on the cover.
This was my fourth David Sedaris book; I have read Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. The majority of the stories in When You Are Engulfed in Flames feature members of Sedaris’s family: his parents, his five siblings, and his husband, Hugh. My favourite story was “That’s Amore,” which is about a neighbour that he and Hugh had when they lived in New York City. Helen, a grandmother in her seventies, is described as, “exactly the type of creature I...more
Sedaris came to prominence in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "SantaLand Diaries." He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. Each of his four subsequent essay collections, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Fa ...more