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When You Are Engulfed in Flames

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Comedy at its finest

Now, while I have heard a number of good things about David Sedaris' books, I have never actually read one before. Despite this, I was pretty excited about reading 'When You Are Engulfed in Flames', and I was not disappointed. Sedaris' newest book is a very funny collec...
Now, while I have heard a number of good things about David Sedaris' books, I have never actually read one before. Despite this, I was pretty excited about reading 'When You Are Engulfed in Flames', and I was not disappointed. Sedaris' newest book is a very funny collection of essays about ordinary everyday events in his life, or at least ordinary for him. All the stories in his book feel almost intertwined, possibly because they all to build up to a realization, almost like lessons he learned over time. Whether it is his realization that country spiders don't survive well in the city, or Sedaris eventually learning what makes one of his neighbors tick, Sedaris is very good at building a story over time. He can look at a number of events at different times and places, and see how he came to a better understanding because of these seemingly unrelated events. He also tends to make the simplest things seem more fun and exciting, such as quitting smoking. Not many people would decide to temporarily move across the world just to quit smoking. I think, in the end, David Sedaris is just skilled at comedy and story-telling in general. After all, isn't comedy just making the mundane amusing?

posted by Caelicoli on October 28, 2008

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

A little disappointing

Maybe because I've read all of his other books I found this one a little disappointing. I only laughed out loud until I cried while reading one of the stories, while in the past much more frequently. But I will still keep reading whatever he writes, as I do enjoy his ...
Maybe because I've read all of his other books I found this one a little disappointing. I only laughed out loud until I cried while reading one of the stories, while in the past much more frequently. But I will still keep reading whatever he writes, as I do enjoy his skewed way of looking at life.

posted by 1024097 on December 12, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2009

    A little disappointing

    Maybe because I've read all of his other books I found this one a little disappointing. I only laughed out loud until I cried while reading one of the stories, while in the past much more frequently. But I will still keep reading whatever he writes, as I do enjoy his skewed way of looking at life.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2010

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    Could not finish it...

    I have read a few books that are along the same lines as this one, and I find that this one is perhaps the most boring. I did find the humor, but it took way too long. I could not force myself to finish this book. Save your money and buy something else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    Not worth the time.

    One of the poorer books I've read in years. Smart-alecky, glib and flauntingly gay. Just not my realm of interest.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    Get the Audio

    2.75 stars. Well, I definitely prefer David Sedaris in audio. I only got a short way through "Me Talk Pretty Some Day" but after I heard him on audio I was able to understand Sedaris a little bit better and when I read him I try to hear his voice in my head---it helps me get through his books. Although I gave this one a 2.75 (would like to rate it lower but gave "Pretty" a two and got much further in this book)I stopped 60 pages out because I had just had "enough". Also, it was really hard to relate to some of his essays: drugs, chain smoking. I guess I'm still a Mary Poppins ***sigh***. At any rate, I'll still check out a Sedaris audio book every now and then to get a chuckle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2008

    Not as good

    Am a huge Sedaris fan. His past work has been witty and funny and meaningful. I was disappointed with this collection. It seemed disjointed and dark at times--dark without meaning. Parts were even creepy which took me by surprise.

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