Once Again, David Sedaris Brings Together A Collection Of Essays So Uproariously Funny And Profoundly Moving That His Legions Of Fans Will Fall For Him Once He Tests The Limits Of Love When Hugh Lances A Boil From His Backside, And Pushes The Boundaries Of Laziness When, Finding The Water Shut Off In His House In Normandy, He Looks To The Water In A Vase Of Fresh Cut Flowers To Fill The Coffee Machine From Armoring The Windows With LP Covers To Protect The House From Neurotic Songbirds To The Awkwardness Of Having A Lozenge Fall From Your Mouth Into The Lap Of A Sleeping Fellow Passenger On A Plane, David Sedaris Uses Life S Most Bizarre Moments To Reach New Heights In Understanding Love And Fear, Family And Strangers Culminating In A Brilliantly Funny And Never Before Published Account Of His Venture To Tokyo In Order To Quit Smoking, David Sedaris S Sixth Essay Collection Will Be Avidly Anticipated


10 thoughts on “When You Are Engulfed in Flames

  1. Lyn Lyn says:

    In our present culture, we sometimes write LOL meaning laugh out loud to recognize something is funny, but this is usually just a smile or an acknowledgment of a humorous situation 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 impart self deprecating humor, or maybe he is personifying a satire on our culture, or both, but many times in the narrative, organiz...


  2. Dusty Myers Dusty Myers says:

    Here s my take on Sedaris, or maybe my take on Sedaris before I listened to this book Naked is easily his best work because it s his most thorough, his most unencumbered by his own fame If we were to compare his oeuvre to MTV s The Real World, Naked is the original New York season despite not being Sedaris s first book In New York, the cast members were people already living in the city with the Alabama exception and trying to make a living the whole be on TV part of it was something they dealt with in the name of free housing Now, of course, teens run at the chance to go live in some other city just to have their lives taped, just for the fame it might bring, and what they actually do on the show is dull as a result Naked is the masterpiece because the essays therein are longer and satisfying the whole thing is memoir in its finest form of sifting through the past to let someone understand how life or maybe just a life gets lived.Then he got wildly famous and was able to publish any old essay in any old magazine T...


  3. Robin Robin says:

    Oh, David Sedaris I ll always love him for rescuing me from the bog of eternal stench which is A Little Life I survived my weeks long recovery from that epic torture session by reading Sedaris hilarious Me Talk Pretty One Day He earned lifelong gratitude from me, reminding me books don t have to include dozens of sexual assaults, or a multitude of self harm shower scenes, in order to be great They can actually make you LAUGH OUT LOUD IN PUBLIC Or, in my car, in endless Montreal traffic, where God knows I desperately need something to chortle about They can involve pedestrian things like, oh I dunno, poop, or furniture, or struggling through a language class.Anyway, if I had wondered that my admiration for David Sedaris was a result of his taming my PTSD from a god awful book, now I know that isn t true I mean, he DID tame my PTSD, but that was incidental The guy is simply brilliant He s like the Greek, gay, literary Seinfeld, with a womanly sounding voice He takes incidents that many people would just move past, and manages to extract the humour and the pathos in a very self depreciating, honest way Much is about himself, but somehow it doesn...


  4. Majenta Majenta says:

    4 1 2 stars 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 again...


  5. James James says:

    Eh.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 Yes.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 from When You Are Engulfed in Flames And especially for readers of The New Yorker like myself, where most of the essays in this publication were initially published, there is a lot to be desired.A few highlights include an explanation for why Sedaris does not believe in God Because I have hair on my back, and a lot of other people, people who kill and rob and make life miserable, don t A real God wouldn t let that happen And his prediction that, It s safe to assume that by 2025, guns will be sold in vending machines, but you won t be able to smoke anywhere in America With the Supreme Court s recent ruling on D.C s gun ban, Sedaris s prescience is foreboding.But what I found most interesting about When You Are Engulfed in Flames was the About the Author David Sedaris s half dozen books have been translated into twenty five languages, including Estonian, Greek, and Bahasa His essays appear frequently in The New Yorker and a...


  6. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews at 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 looking something like this Is someone that I want to hang out with When I discovered her brother, I found there was enough love in my heart for multiple Sedaris es Sadly, as much as I love dear David, it will most likely always be from afar I have a huge phobia that if I meet a famous person I adore, they will end up being an asshat I find myself each year sitting at the computer, hand hovering over the PayPal button, but always failing to purchase a ticket to one of his book readings signings Not only am I fearful David will be a jerk, but that he will also discover I m a huge nutter Ours would be quite the ill fated meet cute with me sc...


  7. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    When You Are Engulfed in Flames continues David Sedaris cataloguing of the awkward moments of his life in humorous, memoir like essays Herein are 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 while it s surely hell to live through, he kindly plucks out the funny bits for our amusement The writing is getting a little bit too meta at this point for me His daily life over the last few years, due to his own fame and fortune, has become less relatable for us commoners Thus his material that finds him flying about the world, living in Paris and Tokyo, etc., while still humorous, does not hit the same funnybone as his past works The regional idi...


  8. RandomAnthony RandomAnthony says:

    You know, Montambo is right, this is Sedaris best book While earlier in his career the author seemed to go for easy laughs Look at my brother What an ass or convenient self loathing something seems to have clicked this time around that transforms the work from magazine article quality to literature Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Mr Sedaris sounds like a real writer in this book the essa...


  9. Matthew Matthew says:

    3.5 or maybe 4 rounding up because I was entertained Not my favorite Sedaris This one seemed to be darker and serious than the others of his I have read includes some artsy filler stories There were some of the usual amusing tales most of which in this book took place in France or on an airplane The last 1 3 of the book or so was a cross between what it is like to live in Japan and being a smoker from start to finish I don t think I would recommend that someone start here if they want to try ...


  10. Montzalee Wittmann Montzalee Wittmann says:

    When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris and narrated by author is a book I picked up from the library I enjoyed this book so much The first story had me laughing so much He has a way of telling a basic story but making i...