I don’t know what it is about Sedaris’ writing, but I’ve decided I want to pitch a tent in his frontal lobe and live the rest of my days as a disciple of his neuroses. “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” is another wicked collection of short stories that at times had me laughing to the point of broken capillaries. When I read the anecdote about his experience buying pot from a redneck living in a double wide with a girlfriend who referred to the remote control by the n-word, I thought my head was going to explode.
Now, to be fair, this book is not all comedy. In fact, of the books of his that I’ve read I would consider this one to be the most reflective, if not downright serious at times. The last chapters read far more like a journal than a hysterical composition of outrageous yarns. But on the whole I loved this volume and I continue to ADORE Sedaris. In a perfect world, he and his life partner, Hugh would open the antique doors of their country home in Normandy and say, “Welcome home, Tori. David here has sobered up but you’re welcome to live with us and deplete his old stashes of drugs, cigarettes and liquor.”
Bad News: The author has the most horrific and irritating voice I've ever heard. It's whiny and monotone. Run, don't walk, away from this audio book.
Good News: The story is intriguing enough where I am going to spend yet more money to purchase the actual book and finish it.
I absolutely LOVE this author’s style. Anyone who can take nursery rhymes and create murder mysteries replete with humor and satire is a major plus in my book.
In the second installment of the Nursery Crime series, the Goldilocks and the Three Bears are caught in a national conspiracy and the Gingerbread Man is blood thirsty as ever. Obviously this is not a nail-biter (unless you suffer from Mother Goose phobia) but it is certainly clever.
My only issue is that there are times when the story was a little boring and nothing irks me more in a mystery than when characters are introduced at the last minute who end up playing a pivotal role in the plot. I feel like it’s a cop out and it cheapens the story.
In any case, I do recommend this book if anything for the humor and to marvel at the twisted lives of our much beloved nursery rhymes.
Lastly, I will add, that the narrator of this book is AMAZING. Loved listening to every minute!
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