When You Are Engulfed in Flames Kindle ✓ When You

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When You Are Engulfed in Flames [Reading] ➭ When You Are Engulfed in Flames ➵ David Sedaris – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk It s early autumn Two straight A students head off to school, and when only one of them returns home Chesney Yelverton is coaxed from retirement and assigned to what proves to be the most difficult a It s early autumnTwo straight A Are Engulfed MOBI · students head off to school, and when only one of them returns home Chesney Yelverton is coaxed from retirement and assigned to what proves to be the most difficult and deadly case of his career From the shining notorious East Side, When When You PDF or You Are Engulfed in Flames confirms once again that David Sedaris is a master of mystery and suspenseOr how aboutwhen set on fire, most of us either fumble for our wallets or waste valuable time feeling sorry for ourselves David Sedaris has studied this phenomenon, and his resulting insights You Are Engulfed PDF Í may very well save your life Author of the national bestsellers Should You Be Attacked By Snakes and If You Are Surrounded by Mean Ghosts, David Sedaris, with When You Are Engulfed in Flames, is clearly at the top of his gameOh, all rightDavid Sedaris has written yet another book of essays his sixth Subjects include a parasitic worm that once lived in his mother in law s leg, an encounter with a dingo, and the recreational use of an external catheter Also recounted is the buying of a human skeleton and the author s attempt to quit smoking In TokyoMaster of nothing, at the dead center of his game, Sedaris proves that when you play with matches, you sometimes light the whole pack on fire front flap.


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 imp 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, organized into short essays or vignettes, I had to admit that I did not like my narrator Other times, to be fair, he repented or showed a generous, open mindedness but I could not shake the image of an unapologetically selfish person who, sadly, may reflect modern Western culture all too well That said, really funny book


  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 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 andsatisfying 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 This, I recognize, is a factor of his talent both as a writer and a humorist, not a factor of his name Still, even as far back as Me Talk Pretty One Day, I left much of the essays with a sense of incompletion Picka Pocketoni Why wasn t this narrator doing anything It wasn t enough just to stand there and report, I felt.A lot of WYAEiF is about how wealthy and glamorous Sedaris s life is, and how wealthy he was growing up, which is something I d never really sensed before He talks about the cork lined dining room at his parents house with the at the time contemporary Danish modern furniture He talks about the 20K he spent to quit smoking by moving to Tokyo for three months He mentions an 8K first class ticket he bought He mentions a lot of airplane rides I think at least three of the essays have their roots in something that happened to D.S while flying across the Atlantic This smacks to me of a writer who s run out of things to write about and yet there are essays about old neighbors That s A , one of the collection s best , so it seems Sedaris still has enough memories to last a fewbooks.I heard that in some interview somewhere, Sedaris confessed that he was getting to the point in his life where he d act in a scene explicitly for the purposes of creating something to write about Maybe Sedaris has a history of this I can t imagine he just wanted to up and go to a nudist colony on his own clearly, he saw great material in the exercise but something about the heft of those earlier essays Santaland Diaries , too makes them seemhonest In the interview, Sedaris was talking specifically about the decision to cough so hard on a plane that his throat lozenge would be expelled from his mouth He thought, Let s see what happens, and coughed This action begins one of the essays in this book, and it s never revealed as constructed.I m not aligning myself with that camp of Memoir Exposers For The Truth My complaint isn t that Sedaris makes things up It s that at one time, behind the essays, was this guy David Sedaris, or as close to the guy as we could get, and now it seems that behind all these essays lies The Writer David Sedaris I m not making myself clear Which, incidentally, is one thing I can t fault Sedaris for His timing in writing is impeccable and his descriptions apt and lovely in places Oh and funny The book in just incredibly, unendingly funny In short get the audiobook


  3. Debbie Debbie says:

    Yep, pogo stick time Leave it to Sedaris to send me bouncing Okay Imagine this You end up in a waiting room in France in just your underwear, all because you uttered I agree in French Or, how about if you coughed so hard a lozenge flew from your mouth onto the lap of a nasty passenger sitting next to you on a plane Seriously, these things happened to Sedaris, and man can he make every little detail hilarious I m grinning just thinking of the pickles he had to wriggle out of Sedaris is m Yep, pogo stick time Leave it to Sedaris to send me bouncing Okay Imagine this You end up in a waiting room in France in just your underwear, all because you uttered I agree in French Or, how about if you coughed so hard a lozenge flew from your mouth onto the lap of a nasty passenger sitting next to you on a plane Seriously, these things happened to Sedaris, and man can he make every little detail hilarious I m grinning just thinking of the pickles he had to wriggle out of Sedaris is my new hero He s hysterically funny, a player of words, full of dark humor, and sometimes gross And he is tuned into the absurd in a big way I m not sure anyone else could have pulled me out of my pandemic funk and gotten me to laugh for a little while My favorite kind of funny is when someone describes an absurd moment and runs with it Sedaris gallops He puts himself front and center and becomes all tangled up in the absurdity Whether he witnesses something bizarre, has a strange conversation, or experiences some odd person or ailment, I m all in His stories remind me that truth is often stranger than fiction It also stirs up memories of absurd things that happened to me, and I love going down memory lane It s a treat to clutch onto memories of funny right about now.I was late to the party I tried reading a Sedaris book ages ago, and I couldn t get into it But I read Calypso when it came out a couple of years ago, and I was a goner How did this happen that I went from bored to ecstatic Anyway, this book is right up there with Calypso, and both live on my All Time Favorites list.In most collections, there are some dud essays Here, there are just two, and they re short The worst I can say is that they re a little bit boring one is about art pieces and it s a snooze , but their presence didn t make me knock my rating down even a fraction of a point When you re in love, you push the bad aside The only flaw and again, Sedaris can do no wrong, so this is a baby flaw is that occasionally he wanders off the subject to tell another story He always brings it back to the main story, but it sometimes feels like he s a bit disorganized and that his editors should have used their eyeballs better.It s all I can do not to describeof his hilarious stories they re still spinning in my head But better to let the master tell them himself because I m sure I won t do them justice I want to say, Look, just look at this , as I shove a page under your nose, demanding that you read this because I just know you ll laugh But then, who knows if you have the same funny bone as I do As a tease, here is a taste of his funnyI can t make out the list of ingredients, but they taste vaguely like penis The document was in Thai, a language that looks like cake decoration to me I remember lying in bed and thinking with shame, My mom coughs like a man I don t think of myself as overly prissy, but it bothered me to find a finger on my bedroom floor It is not unpleasant to hold someone else s warm teeth in your hand, and before returning upstairs, I paused, studying the damp plastic horseshoe that served as Helen s gum She slid the dentures, unwashed, back into her mouth, and it was like popping the batteries into a particularly foul toy A bow tie announces to the world that you can no longer get an erection Check this book out yes, I m still pushing it under your nose It s just what the doctor ordered Oh, and thanks, Julie, for sending this title to me on a list of things to help out with the Pandemic Blues


  4. 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, 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 t come across as self absorbed, something that is very difficult to accomplish Somehow I loved to hear how he, David, coughed a lozenge onto the crotch of the sleeping woman next to him on the airplane, who had earlier called him an asshole for not trading seats with her husband at the bulkhead I loved hearing how he quit smoking, and how much of it had to do with his hotel snobbery rather than cancer risk I loved the story of him sitting in his underwear in a French waiting room, a result of him saying d accord when he didn t understand the nurse s instructions to put on a robe, of course.Not all the essays in this collection are strong But there were a few, at their conclusion, that made me think, that was just PERFECT How beautiful that I can be touched, eyes pricked with threat of tears, about a story which at the onset seemed to be about furniture Bravo, David Sedaris Thank you again for the laughs


  5. 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 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 Thanks for reading


  6. Brian Brian says:

    How different life looks when people behave themselves When You are Engulfed in Flames is amature and serious work from Mr Sedaris Just like the rest of us, he is growing up Death, the comfort and security of old relationships, and the humility of age are all thematic elements in this text However, that is not to say that Sedaris has lost his inimitable sense of style and humor Flames is a seriously funny book, but it haspages between the laugh out loud antics of some of S How different life looks when people behave themselves When You are Engulfed in Flames is amature and serious work from Mr Sedaris Just like the rest of us, he is growing up Death, the comfort and security of old relationships, and the humility of age are all thematic elements in this text However, that is not to say that Sedaris has lost his inimitable sense of style and humor Flames is a seriously funny book, but it haspages between the laugh out loud antics of some of Sedaris earlier works.I am still amazed at how quickly Sedaris can change emotions so completely and perfectly in the same sentence His essay in this collection Adult Figures Charging toward a Concrete Toadstool is an excellent example of this ability It is a nice piece about art collecting, which ends as a touching tribute to his family.The essay Of Mice and Men seems to acknowledge that we all embellish facts with our own versions of the truth Sedaris is quite good at turning that critical eye on himself, and the rest of us at the same time.Overall When You are Engulfed in Flames is a solid collection Although the essays vary in quality, none are bad and there is not a miss in the bunch.Besides being entertaining, Sedaris is a seriously good writer who holds up to critical scrutiny Enjoy You will


  7. 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 fro 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 are heard on Public Radio International s This American Life It was the first sentence that intrigued me There s a good David Sedaris essay to be had from that line Did David Sedaris himself write it If not, but the editor did, why the importance on Estonian, Greek, and Bahasa and not the other 22 languages Does translation into these three languages indicate a literary achievement of some sort Is it a big deal for Estonians, Greeks, and Indonesians to be reading David Sedaris While Microsoft Word s spell check wants Bahasa to be Bahamas, Bahaman, Batas, Balas, or Banana, Bahasa is in fact spelled correctly It is the native language of Indonesia, the world s fourth most populous nation, and therefore one of the most widely spoken languages in the world So for David Sedaris to be available in this language is no small feat Why then Estonian and Greek And what are the other 22 neglected languages Why are they less special


  8. 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 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 screaming things like why won t you love me while he runs away responding something along the lines of because I m gay, you crazy bitch, which you should be well aware of since you ve been my borderline stalker for years now In addition, I would be forced to stand in line with a bunch of strangers mouthbreathing their germy breath on me or even worse, having the gall to engage in small talk Just UGH My David and I may never meet, but I will continue to stalk love him and shout my praise of his hilarious books from the rooftops.Sidenote This was my final selection for the Kansas City Public Library s Winter Reading Challenge Stop Me If You ve Read This One was the theme this year and encouraged patrons to read books that might make them laugh By completing my 5 books, I got a lovely little coffee mug that Mitchell promptly declared as his For those curious of my funny book choices for this challenge, they are as follows Skinny Dip by Carl Hiassen In Fifty Years We ll All Be Chicks by Adam Carolla Man Up by Ross Mathews When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris duh and American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis I figure I m probably on some Federal watch list anyway, so why not mix it up a bit and let them think there might really be something to be scared of


  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 andserious 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 th 3.5 or maybe 4 rounding up because I was entertained Not my favorite Sedaris This one seemed to be darker andserious 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 Sedaris, but if you have read and enjoyed him before, this will be a good one to read


  10. Mark Porton Mark Porton says:

    When you are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris was a much needed reprieve from a miserable previous book I was after something to lighten the mood and make me laugh Well, Sedaris did the trick I downloaded it onto my Kindle around 10pm, sullen, miserable and crestfallen Halfway through the first chapter of my new book, I was laughing out loudIt was just a Guinea Worm, people get them all the timeHugh s David s Boyfriend Mother explained regarding a worm she previously had growing o When you are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris was a much needed reprieve from a miserable previous book I was after something to lighten the mood and make me laugh Well, Sedaris did the trick I downloaded it onto my Kindle around 10pm, sullen, miserable and crestfallen Halfway through the first chapter of my new book, I was laughing out loudIt was just a Guinea Worm, people get them all the timeHugh s David s Boyfriend Mother explained regarding a worm she previously had growing out of her leg when she lived in Africa Fair to say though, the worm in her son s leg was a bit shorter BAHAHAHAHAHAHA.I just love the relationship David has with Hugh The descriptions of the arguments are just hilarious Hugh seems like such a clever fellow cooks, plumber, handyman, artist On the other hand David seems like a Woody Allen type, worried, concerned, emotional it s a great mix.David s father seems constantly unimpressed by his son For example, when David was looking for external validation when wearing a bow tie, all his father could say wasA bow tie announces to the world that you can no longer get an erectionThat comment totally caught me by surprise, and my poor dog, sleeping next to me, was woken up again The essay on the way his parents take up collecting art is very funny indeed.As a self confessed Ornithophobe I love birds but am scared of them, I ve even been chased by chickens , The author believes birds aren t as carefree as they re cracked up to be he saysTake the crows that descend each winter on the surrounding fields and pluck the eyes out of newborn lambs Are they so hard up for a snack that they have to blind an international symbol of youth and innocence, or are they simply evilAs someone who has been swooped by Magpies, for no real reason, I take the evil option But I just love the way he observes and relays his thoughts to the reader It is very, very funny.The book is a collection of short essays, and it s really refreshing to start a new adventure just as you re ready to move on The only problem I have with this book is the mammoth last chapter, which is essentially about him giving up smoking For me this went on way, way too long and to be frank I didn t find that part a big part all that funny This author observes ordinary life brilliantly, just mundane stuff he makes funny We all know there is humour and absurdity everywhere The skill is to find it and distill it into words, skillfully enough to make others laugh.This book did the trick, I love this author a very funny bloke4 Stars rounded down to 3.5 for the long last chapter


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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 imp 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, organized into short essays or vignettes, I had to admit that I did not like my narrator Other times, to be fair, he repented or showed a generous, open mindedness but I could not shake the image of an unapologetically selfish person who, sadly, may reflect modern Western culture all too well That said, really funny book

  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 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 andsatisfying 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 This, I recognize, is a factor of his talent both as a writer and a humorist, not a factor of his name Still, even as far back as Me Talk Pretty One Day, I left much of the essays with a sense of incompletion Picka Pocketoni Why wasn t this narrator doing anything It wasn t enough just to stand there and report, I felt.A lot of WYAEiF is about how wealthy and glamorous Sedaris s life is, and how wealthy he was growing up, which is something I d never really sensed before He talks about the cork lined dining room at his parents house with the at the time contemporary Danish modern furniture He talks about the 20K he spent to quit smoking by moving to Tokyo for three months He mentions an 8K first class ticket he bought He mentions a lot of airplane rides I think at least three of the essays have their roots in something that happened to D.S while flying across the Atlantic This smacks to me of a writer who s run out of things to write about and yet there are essays about old neighbors That s A , one of the collection s best , so it seems Sedaris still has enough memories to last a fewbooks.I heard that in some interview somewhere, Sedaris confessed that he was getting to the point in his life where he d act in a scene explicitly for the purposes of creating something to write about Maybe Sedaris has a history of this I can t imagine he just wanted to up and go to a nudist colony on his own clearly, he saw great material in the exercise but something about the heft of those earlier essays Santaland Diaries , too makes them seemhonest In the interview, Sedaris was talking specifically about the decision to cough so hard on a plane that his throat lozenge would be expelled from his mouth He thought, Let s see what happens, and coughed This action begins one of the essays in this book, and it s never revealed as constructed.I m not aligning myself with that camp of Memoir Exposers For The Truth My complaint isn t that Sedaris makes things up It s that at one time, behind the essays, was this guy David Sedaris, or as close to the guy as we could get, and now it seems that behind all these essays lies The Writer David Sedaris I m not making myself clear Which, incidentally, is one thing I can t fault Sedaris for His timing in writing is impeccable and his descriptions apt and lovely in places Oh and funny The book in just incredibly, unendingly funny In short get the audiobook

  3. Debbie Debbie says:

    Yep, pogo stick time Leave it to Sedaris to send me bouncing Okay Imagine this You end up in a waiting room in France in just your underwear, all because you uttered I agree in French Or, how about if you coughed so hard a lozenge flew from your mouth onto the lap of a nasty passenger sitting next to you on a plane Seriously, these things happened to Sedaris, and man can he make every little detail hilarious I m grinning just thinking of the pickles he had to wriggle out of Sedaris is m Yep, pogo stick time Leave it to Sedaris to send me bouncing Okay Imagine this You end up in a waiting room in France in just your underwear, all because you uttered I agree in French Or, how about if you coughed so hard a lozenge flew from your mouth onto the lap of a nasty passenger sitting next to you on a plane Seriously, these things happened to Sedaris, and man can he make every little detail hilarious I m grinning just thinking of the pickles he had to wriggle out of Sedaris is my new hero He s hysterically funny, a player of words, full of dark humor, and sometimes gross And he is tuned into the absurd in a big way I m not sure anyone else could have pulled me out of my pandemic funk and gotten me to laugh for a little while My favorite kind of funny is when someone describes an absurd moment and runs with it Sedaris gallops He puts himself front and center and becomes all tangled up in the absurdity Whether he witnesses something bizarre, has a strange conversation, or experiences some odd person or ailment, I m all in His stories remind me that truth is often stranger than fiction It also stirs up memories of absurd things that happened to me, and I love going down memory lane It s a treat to clutch onto memories of funny right about now.I was late to the party I tried reading a Sedaris book ages ago, and I couldn t get into it But I read Calypso when it came out a couple of years ago, and I was a goner How did this happen that I went from bored to ecstatic Anyway, this book is right up there with Calypso, and both live on my All Time Favorites list.In most collections, there are some dud essays Here, there are just two, and they re short The worst I can say is that they re a little bit boring one is about art pieces and it s a snooze , but their presence didn t make me knock my rating down even a fraction of a point When you re in love, you push the bad aside The only flaw and again, Sedaris can do no wrong, so this is a baby flaw is that occasionally he wanders off the subject to tell another story He always brings it back to the main story, but it sometimes feels like he s a bit disorganized and that his editors should have used their eyeballs better.It s all I can do not to describeof his hilarious stories they re still spinning in my head But better to let the master tell them himself because I m sure I won t do them justice I want to say, Look, just look at this , as I shove a page under your nose, demanding that you read this because I just know you ll laugh But then, who knows if you have the same funny bone as I do As a tease, here is a taste of his funnyI can t make out the list of ingredients, but they taste vaguely like penis The document was in Thai, a language that looks like cake decoration to me I remember lying in bed and thinking with shame, My mom coughs like a man I don t think of myself as overly prissy, but it bothered me to find a finger on my bedroom floor It is not unpleasant to hold someone else s warm teeth in your hand, and before returning upstairs, I paused, studying the damp plastic horseshoe that served as Helen s gum She slid the dentures, unwashed, back into her mouth, and it was like popping the batteries into a particularly foul toy A bow tie announces to the world that you can no longer get an erection Check this book out yes, I m still pushing it under your nose It s just what the doctor ordered Oh, and thanks, Julie, for sending this title to me on a list of things to help out with the Pandemic Blues

  4. 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, 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 t come across as self absorbed, something that is very difficult to accomplish Somehow I loved to hear how he, David, coughed a lozenge onto the crotch of the sleeping woman next to him on the airplane, who had earlier called him an asshole for not trading seats with her husband at the bulkhead I loved hearing how he quit smoking, and how much of it had to do with his hotel snobbery rather than cancer risk I loved the story of him sitting in his underwear in a French waiting room, a result of him saying d accord when he didn t understand the nurse s instructions to put on a robe, of course.Not all the essays in this collection are strong But there were a few, at their conclusion, that made me think, that was just PERFECT How beautiful that I can be touched, eyes pricked with threat of tears, about a story which at the onset seemed to be about furniture Bravo, David Sedaris Thank you again for the laughs

  5. 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 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 Thanks for reading

  6. Brian Brian says:

    How different life looks when people behave themselves When You are Engulfed in Flames is amature and serious work from Mr Sedaris Just like the rest of us, he is growing up Death, the comfort and security of old relationships, and the humility of age are all thematic elements in this text However, that is not to say that Sedaris has lost his inimitable sense of style and humor Flames is a seriously funny book, but it haspages between the laugh out loud antics of some of S How different life looks when people behave themselves When You are Engulfed in Flames is amature and serious work from Mr Sedaris Just like the rest of us, he is growing up Death, the comfort and security of old relationships, and the humility of age are all thematic elements in this text However, that is not to say that Sedaris has lost his inimitable sense of style and humor Flames is a seriously funny book, but it haspages between the laugh out loud antics of some of Sedaris earlier works.I am still amazed at how quickly Sedaris can change emotions so completely and perfectly in the same sentence His essay in this collection Adult Figures Charging toward a Concrete Toadstool is an excellent example of this ability It is a nice piece about art collecting, which ends as a touching tribute to his family.The essay Of Mice and Men seems to acknowledge that we all embellish facts with our own versions of the truth Sedaris is quite good at turning that critical eye on himself, and the rest of us at the same time.Overall When You are Engulfed in Flames is a solid collection Although the essays vary in quality, none are bad and there is not a miss in the bunch.Besides being entertaining, Sedaris is a seriously good writer who holds up to critical scrutiny Enjoy You will

  7. 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 fro 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 are heard on Public Radio International s This American Life It was the first sentence that intrigued me There s a good David Sedaris essay to be had from that line Did David Sedaris himself write it If not, but the editor did, why the importance on Estonian, Greek, and Bahasa and not the other 22 languages Does translation into these three languages indicate a literary achievement of some sort Is it a big deal for Estonians, Greeks, and Indonesians to be reading David Sedaris While Microsoft Word s spell check wants Bahasa to be Bahamas, Bahaman, Batas, Balas, or Banana, Bahasa is in fact spelled correctly It is the native language of Indonesia, the world s fourth most populous nation, and therefore one of the most widely spoken languages in the world So for David Sedaris to be available in this language is no small feat Why then Estonian and Greek And what are the other 22 neglected languages Why are they less special

  8. 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 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 screaming things like why won t you love me while he runs away responding something along the lines of because I m gay, you crazy bitch, which you should be well aware of since you ve been my borderline stalker for years now In addition, I would be forced to stand in line with a bunch of strangers mouthbreathing their germy breath on me or even worse, having the gall to engage in small talk Just UGH My David and I may never meet, but I will continue to stalk love him and shout my praise of his hilarious books from the rooftops.Sidenote This was my final selection for the Kansas City Public Library s Winter Reading Challenge Stop Me If You ve Read This One was the theme this year and encouraged patrons to read books that might make them laugh By completing my 5 books, I got a lovely little coffee mug that Mitchell promptly declared as his For those curious of my funny book choices for this challenge, they are as follows Skinny Dip by Carl Hiassen In Fifty Years We ll All Be Chicks by Adam Carolla Man Up by Ross Mathews When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris duh and American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis I figure I m probably on some Federal watch list anyway, so why not mix it up a bit and let them think there might really be something to be scared of

  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 andserious 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 th 3.5 or maybe 4 rounding up because I was entertained Not my favorite Sedaris This one seemed to be darker andserious 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 Sedaris, but if you have read and enjoyed him before, this will be a good one to read

  10. Mark Porton Mark Porton says:

    When you are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris was a much needed reprieve from a miserable previous book I was after something to lighten the mood and make me laugh Well, Sedaris did the trick I downloaded it onto my Kindle around 10pm, sullen, miserable and crestfallen Halfway through the first chapter of my new book, I was laughing out loudIt was just a Guinea Worm, people get them all the timeHugh s David s Boyfriend Mother explained regarding a worm she previously had growing o When you are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris was a much needed reprieve from a miserable previous book I was after something to lighten the mood and make me laugh Well, Sedaris did the trick I downloaded it onto my Kindle around 10pm, sullen, miserable and crestfallen Halfway through the first chapter of my new book, I was laughing out loudIt was just a Guinea Worm, people get them all the timeHugh s David s Boyfriend Mother explained regarding a worm she previously had growing out of her leg when she lived in Africa Fair to say though, the worm in her son s leg was a bit shorter BAHAHAHAHAHAHA.I just love the relationship David has with Hugh The descriptions of the arguments are just hilarious Hugh seems like such a clever fellow cooks, plumber, handyman, artist On the other hand David seems like a Woody Allen type, worried, concerned, emotional it s a great mix.David s father seems constantly unimpressed by his son For example, when David was looking for external validation when wearing a bow tie, all his father could say wasA bow tie announces to the world that you can no longer get an erectionThat comment totally caught me by surprise, and my poor dog, sleeping next to me, was woken up again The essay on the way his parents take up collecting art is very funny indeed.As a self confessed Ornithophobe I love birds but am scared of them, I ve even been chased by chickens , The author believes birds aren t as carefree as they re cracked up to be he saysTake the crows that descend each winter on the surrounding fields and pluck the eyes out of newborn lambs Are they so hard up for a snack that they have to blind an international symbol of youth and innocence, or are they simply evilAs someone who has been swooped by Magpies, for no real reason, I take the evil option But I just love the way he observes and relays his thoughts to the reader It is very, very funny.The book is a collection of short essays, and it s really refreshing to start a new adventure just as you re ready to move on The only problem I have with this book is the mammoth last chapter, which is essentially about him giving up smoking For me this went on way, way too long and to be frank I didn t find that part a big part all that funny This author observes ordinary life brilliantly, just mundane stuff he makes funny We all know there is humour and absurdity everywhere The skill is to find it and distill it into words, skillfully enough to make others laugh.This book did the trick, I love this author a very funny bloke4 Stars rounded down to 3.5 for the long last chapter

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