- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (June 2 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316154687
- ISBN-13: 978-0316154680
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
When You Are Engulfed in Flames Paperback – Jun 2 2009
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"It's not just that Sedaris's crisp prose is humorous. What makes his work a consistent joy to read is his deliciously skewed vision of the world, and his deadpan delivery."―Christopher Muther, Boston Globe
"The Sedaris genius is to be incredibly particular, not to mention peculiar, and yet take fantastic and rapid leaps to the universal. . . . He'll be telling some weird story, and all of a sudden, just at the end, it turns out not only to be about him, but also about you. He's a master at evoking fellow feeling."―Nancy Dalva, New York Observer
"David Sedaris is horribly observant. He sees things as they are.... He'll be telling some weird story, and all of a sudden, just at the end, it turns out not only to be about him, but also about you."―Nancy Dalva, New York Observer
"What makes Sedaris's work transcendent is its humanity: He adores some truly awful people, yet he invests them with dignity and even grace.... He's the best there is."―Judith Newman, People
"The preeminent humorist of his generation...His reluctant charm and talent for observing every inch of the human condition remain intact." ―Whitney Pastorek, Entertainment Weekly
"Sedaris is certainly worthy of hero worship-he so breezily translates the landscape through his bent, prismatic view that he makes you forget what a skillful narrator he is."―Mark Washburn, Charlotte Observer
About the Author
David Sedaris is the author of the books Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International's "This American Life."
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However, there were also many essays and stories that were boring or slightly disturbing which put me off slightly - ie. "Seasons Greetings To Our Friends And Family!"
Overall, while wasn't entirely wowed by my first experience with David Sedaris, I didn't completely hate it. I reckon that I would be willing to bite the bullet and pick up another one of his books in the future.
A personal thing - I can't read an entire Sedaris book in one go - his quirks and life decisions, while humourous, can get irritating after a while. Sometimes you just want to yell at him, "If you just didn't do X, then you'd have no problem!", but then there woulnd't be a story to write about. So, I guess, in small sittings, this book can be very entertaining.
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