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When You Are Engulfed in Flames
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Author: David Sedaris
David Sedaris's ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art," (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book. — Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers a...  more
ISBN-13: 9780316154680
ISBN-10: 0316154687
Publication Date: 6/2/2009
Pages: 336
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4 stars, based on 209 ratings
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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A quick and easy book to read. I didn't find this book nearly as funny as some of his earlier books, although I still found myself laughing out loud at a few parts. If you are a David Sedaris fan, then I would consider this book a must read - so you can judge for yourself.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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As with his previously published books, this book is another collection of Sedaris' humorous essays about things that have happened to him.

The essays are of generally high quality, and even more than his prior books, I often found myself laughing out loud --- a very good sign!

The final third of the book is a long series of diary entries of his attempting to quit smoking; it dragged a bit, but still had it's humorous moments. It might be funnier to people who have themselves gone through that particular torture.

4 of 5 stars.
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Hysterical - While reading this book in bed, I can't believe that I didn't wake my partner by trying to hold in my laughter - David's quirky outlook and perspective are most charming. "Solution to Saturday's Puzzle" literally had me in tears. Based on some other reviews, I will most definitely try one of the audio books next time.


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