When You Are Engulfed in Flames

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  • Title: When You Are Engulfed in Flames
  • Author: David Sedaris
  • ISBN: 9780316143479
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Hardcover

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When You Are Engulfed in Flames

About Author

  1. David Sedaris is a Grammy Award nominated American humorist and radio contributor.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 Family in Corduroy and Denim 2004 , and When You Are Engulfed in Flames 2008 have become New York Times Best Sellers.As of 2008, his books have collectively sold seven million copies Much of Sedaris humor is autobiographical and self deprecating, and it often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, Greek heritage, various jobs, education, drug use, homosexuality, and his life in France with his partner, Hugh Hamrick.Excerpted from.

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  1. 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 d [...]

  2. 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 [...]

  3. 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

  4. 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 Whe [...]

  5. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum 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 looking something like this [...]

  6. 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 s [...]

  7. 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 essays flow unforced and genuine insight accompanies the punch lines Sedaris doesn t seem to be writing for performance [...]

  8. After reading Sedaris previous collection, I began to suspect that he had mined all of the material he could from his family and the earlier hard times he experienced It appeared he was now left with the task of finding hilarity and poignancy in the life of a rich, celebrated author When You Are Engulfed in Flames confirms that his days of dressing as an elf, picking apples, and hitch hiking cross country with an incomplete quadriplegic are long gone In their place we are left with essays about [...]

  9. 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 Se [...]

  10. Dear Mr Sedaris,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 your every [...]

  11. I don t quite get the people who say this isn t as funny as his other books I thought it was plenty funny The comment about having a 400 dollar sweater that looked like it had been thrown to a tiger and thus was already ruined and incapable of being further ruined that made me laugh And saying a cracker tasted like penis And lots of little one liners But what s really awesome about his stuff is that it s MORE than just a bunch of one liners He really is a very observant, intelligent, hilarious w [...]

  12. The reasons that this didn t get a 1 star from me are because 1 I didn t actively dislike anything about it, I just found it boring and 2 David Sedaris narration is great Actually, his narrating is probably one of the only things I did like about this book.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 expected fr [...]

  13. When I first saw this in a bookstore I thought to myself, can he do it again Is there scrapable hilarity clinging to the walls of his interesting life, fit to amuse and entertain his many fans Sedaris does in fact do it again and apparently there s an endless well of funny stuffy, a font of hilarity, within this man.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 A or rather a character in this story I woul [...]

  14. I have adored the hilarious David Sedaris from his very first readings on NPR And nothing in When You Are Engulfed in Flames makes me adore him less not even his ultra competitiveness with children and his cavalier attitude towards cancer 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 SantaLa [...]

  15. When I am not reading David Sedaris, I am thinking David Sedaris, man, there is a popular guy whose books are kind of just always around and not very interesting But when I am reading him, I m always like, there are five or six absolutely brilliant punchlines in every one of this guy s books, and the other parts are, y know, enjoyable enough 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 author [...]

  16. While I certainly won t call this the best David Sedaris collection that you can purchase for yourself, I will say that any David Sedaris is worth reading and thus, my star rating It would probably be like three and a half if did half stars the way LibraryThing does, but ah well.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 tame Much focus on his boyfriend Hugh or stories tinged with a bit of melancholy T [...]

  17. This collection of humorous essays, a lot of which are extrapolated from Sedaris diary entries, is mostly absolutely hilarious with the occasional poignant moment here and there.I enjoyed this one a lot 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 because there [...]

  18. Some people find that after reading one or two of Sedaris s books, he becomes less ha ha funny Maybe they get used to his style of humour Maybe there s a golden order in which to read them personally, I find chronologically by publishing date works well Maybe there is a slight advantage to hearing him speak in person I tend to read him while imagining how he d say it, and immediately a dry sentence comes to life.I could go on about the maturation I see happening in his work, but I won t Not for [...]

  19. When I first started reading this book, I found myself disappointedly thinking that it was just of the same from David Sedaris stories that either make you laugh out loud or make you cringe or often both Don t get me wrong he s still funny but I was expecting from this one some evolution in style or content I liked his earlier books because they were raw, the stories a bit unexpected The beginning of this one felt a little recycled, and I was ready to be done reading it.But then about two t [...]

  20. The things I ve bought from strangers in the dark would curl your hair Continuing my audio David Sedaris rereads I m not sure what s fantastic, Sedaris reading his dark and often hilarious stories, or this van Gogh on the cover.

  21. I think the honeymoon is over Or, maybe I m just too hard to please Wait, I don t think those are mutually exclusive In any event, I was let down This collection of stories anecdotes seemed blog worthy than book worthy to me It gave me the sense that he was under pressure to put another book out To say something So he follows the formula that s worked for him so well only this time the content s not nearly as entertaining, or noteworthy One chapter is about a boil he had that his partner, Hugh, [...]

  22. I m one of the few people in this world who does not think that David Sedaris is funny or deserves the critical acclaim that he has received for his various endeavors.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 int [...]

  23. Is there anyone better to read when you want to relax and laugh a bit, than David Sedaris I still think Santaland Diaries is must read material for this time of year and Me Talk Pretty One Day is one of the funniest books I ve ever read, full stop So it s a given that when he publishes a new book I have to buy it immediately I know, When You are Engulfed in Flames came out in 2008, this is 2011, but I did try and read it 3 years ago but I gave up frustrated The solution to completing it this tim [...]

  24. A solid and damn near close to that we ll settle for But then again, I m a serious Sedaris fiend.When You Are Engulfed In Flames makes Sedaris previous collection, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, seem like a disaster, a complete train wreck Which is unfair because I think that Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is a strong collection with some exemplary essays And also because I get the feeling that it was a personal werk for him, that he s a bit exposed and vulnerable in those [...]

  25. This new collection of essays by David Sedaris is unobjectionable, but fails to come anywhere near the hilarity of his best effort, Me Talk Pretty Some Day Most of the pieces remind one of Seinfeld , being about nothing but the author s particular neuroses Which range from being moderately entertaining Memento Mori , buying a human skeleton and its aftermath to weirdly offputting April in Paris , in which the author s fascination with spiders is merely grotesque.True fans may enjoy this If you a [...]

  26. Ok , dit is vast vloeken in de kerk, maar ik vind hier echt niets aan David Sedaris is een enorme zeur Meer niet Niets grappigs aan Voor mij is het onbegrijpelijk dat hij zo de hemel in wordt geprezen Maar ja, humor is zeer persoonlijk Bovendien, als Sedaris een beetje lijkt op de persoon die hij beschrijft, dan is hij echt een bijzonder onaangenaam iemand Dat maakt het lezen van dit boek echt een tergend langzame bezigheid English Okay, this is probably frowned upon, but I really do not care fo [...]

  27. The first time I had ever heard David Sedaris was when he once appeared on Letterman and read an essay about a Stadium Pal the perfect accessory for a sports fan or full time trucker Basically a catheter like situation that flows into a bag that is conveniently taped to your calf It is for when you just don t want to get up and go to the washroom, you can pee into this sac and deal with the urine at a later time Other then the recommendation to not wear shorts apparently the skys the limit with [...]

  28. I didn t care much for Sedaris last book, Dress your family in corduroy and denim It felt forced, his embellishments absurd to the point where I felt it was obvious which events actually happened and which were invented to make the story interesting When You Are Engulfed in Flames was calmer in tone, believable and felt less deadline inspired Most of the stories revolve around the author and his partner, as opposed to the Sedaris brood Gretchen, Lisa, the Chicken and, of course, that weird wo [...]

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