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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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    Jane Lansdowne, PA, United States 02-11-12
    Jane Lansdowne, PA, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A tamer Sedaris is still a great Sedaris"
    Would you listen to When You Are Engulfed in Flames again? Why?

    Yes! David Sedaris never fails to make me giggle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David's portrayal of his neighbor Helen was priceless, as was his description of the complex relationship that developed between them. Funny and perversely heart-warming, I will definitely go back to listen to this in the


    What does David Sedaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    David has a unique voice, literally and figuratively. I have listened to him for years on


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are so many that I can't pick one. David generously flaunts his vulnerability - trying too hard to impress or portray a certain image - that it is endearing, touching and very


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    A Lady from Missouri Missouri 10-02-11
    A Lady from Missouri Missouri 10-02-11 Member Since 2011

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    "LOVE IT! LOVE HIM!"

    I loved this book! My kids (age 28 and 24) did not..maybe an acquired taste???? HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!

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    otter song 09-19-11
    otter song 09-19-11 Member Since 2014
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    "no exit"

    I dont like these people. i'd chew my leg off to escape them. thankfully, i just click delete. if you find yuppie mentality interesting & amusing--this book is for you, but if you find that culture to be shallow, boring & even offensive, save your money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Austin, TX, United States 07-30-11
    Caroline Austin, TX, United States 07-30-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Hilarious"

    No way makes you feel like there is hope for you yet, like Davis Sedaris does. Warning: You will laugh out loud as you listen to this.

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    Star Isford SANTA ANA, CA, United States 06-22-11
    Star Isford SANTA ANA, CA, United States 06-22-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun and Funny, a different style of humor."

    I have heard that a couple of his other books were much funnier than this one, but it was still entertaining. Some of the stories cracked me up, some made me say "hmm". No matter what, David Sedaris's take on life and situations is something different to ponder. I found the book intellectually humorous on many different levels. A fun book to listen to, but I think I might have lost the humor if I had read it instead, as the humor is subtle, sarcastic, and seriously given on many occasions.

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    elizabeth columbus, OH, United States 01-24-11
    elizabeth columbus, OH, United States 01-24-11
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    "Don't take the reviewer's word for it."

    I enjoyed the book. However, upon looking back to when I purchased it and reading the customer reviews, I realize how hugely unhelpful those reviews were. Some of them, both the negative and the positive ones, I have to wonder if these readers had listened to the same book. I found none of the elements in which they either complained or gave commendation.

    The book is simply a very enjoyable collection of essays on day-to-day living through the eyes and perception of Mr. Sedaris. His vocal delivery is part of the fun. And, as a former smoker, I found the latter portion of the book incredibly well written and organized as to follow the struggles of quitting. I could empathize and laugh at behaviors that I, myself, had engaged in while in the process of quitting.

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    Ellen veazie, ME, United States 12-25-10
    Ellen veazie, ME, United States 12-25-10
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    "funny.witty.entertaining"

    ...forgot i purchased this book from Audible and bought it.
    It was a great read;this guy is fabulous.

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    Marianne Santa Margarita, CA, United States 11-03-10
    Marianne Santa Margarita, CA, United States 11-03-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent writer"

    Rarely do I actually laugh out loud while reading or listening to a book. This guy made me laugh. He is brilliant.

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    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 10-26-10
    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 10-26-10 Member Since 2010

    Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.

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    "Good Stuff"

    What a joy, I am only half way through this and have ordered others by the author. These stories are funny, touching, realistic, dark…yeah; all around good stuff. Mr. Sedaris’ writing, voice and narration are sublime, highly recommended.

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    Leslie Centre, AL, United States 10-01-10
    Leslie Centre, AL, United States 10-01-10
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    Subpar by Sedaris' standards but still above average. I felt that it flowed less than most of his works, and the inclusion of certain live readings distracted from the overall cohesion. The book did become funnier as it progressed, so stick with it if you're struggling to get through the first few.

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