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When You Are Engulfed in Flames | [David Sedaris]

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

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 all over again. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 all over again.

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' sixth essay collection has been avidly anticipated.

©2008 David Sedaris; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

2008 Grammy Nominee, Best Spoken Word Album

"Older, wiser, smarter and meaner, Sedaris...defies the odds once again by delivering an intelligent take on the banalities of an absurd life." (Kirkus Reviews)
"This latest collection proves that not only does Sedaris still have it, but he's also getting better....Sedaris's best stuff will still - after all this time - move, surprise, and entertain." (Booklist)

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    Nancy Middletown, MD, USA 03-23-10
    Nancy Middletown, MD, USA 03-23-10
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    "Quirky and fun."

    This isn't David Sedaris' best, but then again, it would be hard to top the others. Then again (again), maybe it's me. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for quirky. It's worth the time and money though.

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    Starlet San Carlos, CA, United States 03-04-10
    Starlet San Carlos, CA, United States 03-04-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Stand Up Comedy in a Book"

    I like David Sedaris and his unique sense of humor; he is one of a kind to be sure. Most of the book was extremely funny -- his stories were so original -- it's as though one could ever make this up and perhaps they ARE true to his life. If so, he's met up with weird people, including his family!!

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    Tinsley Torrington, CT, USA 02-12-10
    Tinsley Torrington, CT, USA 02-12-10
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    "excellent"

    I laughed till I was weak. So beautifully read by Mr. Sedaris, this recording is a treasure.

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    Megan pleasanton, CA, USA 02-01-10
    Megan pleasanton, CA, USA 02-01-10
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    "REDEFINE"

    Got to hear David Sedaris on "This American Life" and loved his performances. It was an obvious choice for me and I'm glad I bought the Audio.
    I didn't find some chapters (only 2 of them) not as interesting on the others but overall it was a joy.

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    Andee St. Francis, AR, USA 01-09-10
    Andee St. Francis, AR, USA 01-09-10
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    "Another fantastic collection."

    As I have come to expect of Dave Sedaris's work, this is yet another hilarious and particularly entertaining collection of essays. Immensely funny and, at times, so truthful it hurts, "When you are engulfed in flames" can not fail to delight anyone who is even remotely familiar with Sedaris's wit and honest renderings of people that we are sometimes forced to share our own lives with. Thanks for all the laughs, Dave.

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    Joan Waterloo, ON, Canada 01-04-10
    Joan Waterloo, ON, Canada 01-04-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Weird sense of humour...but funny some of the time"

    Kind of a little offbeat sense of humour, but generally OK except for beginning of second part; too much reliance on vulgarity to make it funny...skipped through it as it was not my taste.

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    Heather san Mateo, CA, USA 12-02-09
    Heather san Mateo, CA, USA 12-02-09
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    "Great fun"

    As expected, David Sedaris entertains and takes you into his world. I was happy to be stuck in a massive 3 hour traffic jam recently on the SF Bay Bridge, as it gave me extra time to enjoy this book- sounds crazy, but true!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nomad 07-21-09
    Nomad 07-21-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Not his best work"

    This is not his best work, but still entertaining.

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    Rebecca Huntington, WV, USA 07-12-09
    Rebecca Huntington, WV, USA 07-12-09
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    "Very Disappointed"

    I usually love David Sedaris' work,and so I was was surprised how much I disliked this book. There were a number of stories that I feel were condescending to working-class people, immigrants, and southerners. Rather than having stories that make use of his usual funny,insightful observations, these works go to to some very nasty places. I don't consider myself easily offended and I definitely was excited to hear these stories. However, too many of them rely on skewering easy targets. I expected more than this lazy stereotyping from a talented writer like Sedaris.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Margarita Irving, TX, USA 07-03-09
    Margarita Irving, TX, USA 07-03-09
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    "Couldn't Keep My Attention Long Enough"

    I have heard so many good things about this particular book but I was disappointed. I didn't even get to finish the first download. There were parts that were funny but quite a few of them are quite crass. I'm not a politically correct person either but poking fun at others really turns me off - gay, black, white or whatever. I guess he can get off of it but I don't think anybody can get past making fun of anybody who's gay or lesbian the way he has poked fun at other groups of people in this book. I don't want to generalize so I don't want to state that this author writes in that type of manner all the time. I hope his other books are different.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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