Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays

Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays

by David Sedaris
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Barrel Fever 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
JennGrrl More than 1 year ago
This book truly isn't what I thought it was going to be. It's a series of short stories and essays by David Sedaris. Some I thought were just strange, some I thoroughly enjoyed. My two favorites were a nice letter that a girl who committed suicide wrote to be read at her memorial service. She basically goes off on everyone that didn't treat her the way she felt she should be treated and tries to encourage everyone at the service to throw paper weights at those people. The other essay I really enjoyed was about true experiences the author had being an Elf for Santa at Macy's in New York City. Have you ever seen A Christmas Story? There you go...elf... It was quite entertaining. For those not familiar with David Sedaris, I would suggest Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Both were excellent books.
Bella_Bibliophile More than 1 year ago
The book consists of two parts--David Sedaris' short stories, and his essays. In my opinion, I prefer the essays. Although satirical, the short stories were a little bit dry in humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I'd read by David Sedaris. Although his non fiction is hysterical it's great to see the bizarre short stories his imagination produces. His dark humor is still applied and some fans of his non-fiction may not enjoy it as much as his other titles. Some of the stories include a family christmas newsletter written by a wife whose been forced to take in a vietnamese hooker that her husband apparently assisted in concieving 18 years ago while he was in the service and a story about a cheap father who saves money by performing all medical procedures for his daughter himself which results in the eventual amputation of her legs. All Sedaris fans will be pleased to find the Santaland Diaries in the second part of the book which is from the stories told on This American Life regarding David's time spent working at Macy's as an elf and was the springboard for his successful career as an author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BARREL FEVER is the book that put David Sedaris on the map, along with the broadcast of the brilliant, hilarious 'SantaLand Diaries,' the autobiographical retelling of Sedaris' stint as an elf at Macy's that is a cornerstone of this collection of twisted stories. Many more treasures can be found here also. In 'Parade' Sedaris sets the absurd tone with a kiss-and-tell that reveals past relationships with the unlikeliest of lovers...a notorious former heavyweight champion and a Hollywood icon/NRA-spokesman among them. The satirical 'Glen's Homophobia Newsletter, Vol.3, No. 2,' a catty tirade spurred by misdirected affection, unrequited love, and paranoia, is a standout. Another is 'Season's Greeting's...' a brilliant account of the disintegration of a deliciously dysfunctional family upon the arrival of a half-Vietnamese ... child. I could go on and on...The inability of people to understand each other due to differences in culture, class, or education is a theme that recurs throughout these stories, as well as later stories in 'Naked' and 'Me Talk Pretty One Day'. I highly recommend all of these collections, but be forewarned - they are not for the timid. I have read and reread 'Barrel Fever' many times over the years, and it is still fresh. What really makes this book a must-read is Sedaris' original voice and pitch-perfect delivery. Audio versions of these stories are also worth exploring. You MUST also read the very funny and informative KATZENJAMMER by McCrae or the novel CHOKE by Palahniuk. Both great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love David Sedaris, but I thought that this book was too much shock and not enough awe. Divulges his fantasies in gory detail, many of which we could all live without. If you have any amount of sensitivity, skip this one and move straight to 'Me Talk Pretty One Day.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with David Sedaris after reading 'Me Talk Pretty One Day'! But this book was not nearly as funny. I am not giving up on him though, 'Holidays on Ice' is next!
Guest More than 1 year ago
you will find your are horribly laughing while in the same time you're crying sadly because sedaris' techniques... santaland diaries... hmhm hmmm, I tell about this book to my club members.. and they just crazy about this one!!
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Sir_Literature-Man More than 1 year ago
This was the very first David Sedaris title that I read. I like it so much, I had to share it with all of my friends/family who have warped senses of humor. I purchased a dozen copies and gave them to everyone for the holidays. These tales may not be for everyone. But if you need a good laugh (and can appreciate dark humor) than this is the book for you! This book had me in tears of laughter! Thumbs up!!
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