- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (June 1 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316779423
- ISBN-13: 978-0316779425
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 204 g
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays Paperback – Jun 1 1995
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A collection of stories and essays by humorist and NPR commentator David Sedaris based upon his own experiences and the hidden perversity that can be found in Anytown, U.S.A. Here are images and blasphemies that nice people don't dare look at--blatantly exposed and told with the clear, casual voice of intimate knowledge. Sedaris' humor is born of compassion and his tales range from the sharing of cheery Christmas letters featuring infanticide, to experiences of the Gay and Famous (Charlton Heston and Elizabeth Dole, for example), to the lives of siblings named Hope, Faith, Charity and Adolph and to alcoholics and chain smokers you can laugh with.
From Publishers Weekly
'Morning Edition' commentator Sedaris presents a satirical collection of stories about contemporary American society.
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The opening story, PARADE, is a good indicator of what is to follow. It purports to be about all the male celebrities that Sedaris has had sex with, including such disparate figures as E.G. Marshall and Bruce Springsteen. Is this supposed to pass as campy humor, or something? If so, I just don't get it. A later "story" about a newsletter from a homophobe, is equally banal, relying solely on some easily triggered reader reaction, rather than on actual cleverness or wit.
THE SANTALAND DIARIES does merit praise. The blurb from the reviewer referring to Sedaris' mixture of pathos and humor definitely applies to this article. Sedaris vividly describes what it is like to work as an elf in a large NYC department store's mock North Pole. His depictions of the other elves and the various Santas are hilarious. He is equally adept at conveying the mob mentality of the parents who drag their children through a two hour line so that they can have Christmas pictures to send to friends and relatives. It's rather a distressing portrait.
Though this is my sole exposure to Sedaris' writing, I'd have to say that his sister, Amy (STRANGERS WITH CANDY) has the more fully developed sense of humor. Now THAT'S a funny show!