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When You Are Engulfed in Flames

de David Sedaris

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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 more. 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 account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection will be avidly anticipated.--From publisher description.… (més)
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    sweetiegherkin: These two nonfiction books deal with giving up a vice (alcohol and, to a lesser extent, drugs for Burroughs; cigarettes for Sedaris) and both do so with dark humor scattered throughout their memoirs. That being said, Sedaris's work is more funny than serious while the opposite is true for Burroughs's. Also, Sedaris's book is largely short stories/vignettes while Burroughs's follows a more traditional narrative. Both men are homosexual and that plays some factor in their books, although it's not the overarching story and/or theme.… (més)
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I really enjoy Sedaris's appearances on This American Life, but this still seemed to fall a little flat. The longer "Smoking Section" essay in the back is pretty great, but all of the other pieces seem to fall just a little short of greatness. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
I hated Me Talk Pretty One Day when I first read it maybe 14 years ago (or it's more that I couldn't muster any respect for the character Sedaris as put forth in the essays, which colored my reception of his book, in which there are admittedly some very funny essays), but then I had a pretty big chip on my shoulder back then. This is the second Sedaris collection I've read this year, and I've warmed to him. It may help that now that I've heard recordings of his reading some of his essays, I hear them in his voice and with his pacing, which are distinctive and good. There's lots to laugh at in this collection, and also stuff not to laugh at (he's not a humorist only), and I liked it. The title essay was kind of annoyingly long and rambly, though I guess that was by design. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
As a big Sedaris fan I was somewhat disappointed with this book. Some of the stories are so laugh out loud funny, while others are easily forgettable. It just felt a bit too much like some of his other short story collections. ( )
  Emily_Harris | Dec 22, 2020 |
Not his best collection. I sort of felt like a bit of editing might have made this less meandering. Still, I always listen rather than read Sedaris' stuff because hearing him present his stuff live is always a riot. This book wasn't an exception, but I have also not carried any of the stories with me, told them to friends, and that tells you everything I think. ( )
  Colleen5096 | Oct 29, 2020 |
This was intensely entertaining, as Sedaris's essay collections tend to be. The only downside I could name for the collection is that multiple essays felt like they ended abruptly. This was not the case with all of them, but it often seemed as if Sedaris had an anecdote or two that he wanted to create an essay from, but he was never quite able to flesh it out into something entirely coherent and incisive.

That isn't to say the anecdotes don't tend still to be entertaining and well worth a read, if you're a Sedaris sort of person. And there are moments of lovely insight and affecting honesty. This just--as an overall work--is not quite up there with the best of the best, in the world of David Sedaris. ( )
  joel.caris | Jun 26, 2020 |
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Deggerich, GeorgTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Richard, NicolasTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sedaris, DavidNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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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 more. 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 account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection will be avidly anticipated.--From publisher description.

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