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When You Are Engulfed in Flames [Kindle Edition]

David Sedaris
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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There are pages in this short story collection that made me giggle so violently that my lungs hurt (THE TIMES)

He has a lovely, sinuous way of writing, saving the gag until you've forgotten you were expecting one. (SUNDAY TIMES)

Good stuff (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

A humourist in the Woody Allen mould (INDEPENDENT)

Adam Mars-Jones, Observer

'A virtual Klondike of darkly glittering anecdotes'

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 360 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B003ZK50SY
  • Publisher: Abacus (16 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049MPHH6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,723 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Sedaris lives in Paris. Raised in North Carolina, he has worked as a housecleaner and most famously, as a part-time elf for Macy's. Several of his plays have been produced, and he is a regular contributor to ESQUIRE and Public Radio International's 'This American Life'.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good pick me up in a free 20 minutes book 24 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
Anyone who lives in the US and listens to NPR (the closest American equvalent to the BBC) will have heard of David Sedaris. He is a regular contributor to "This American Life," a show hosted by Ira Glass that looks one aspect of American life each week. The show can vary from the the deep (how people adapt to grief in their lives) to the humourous (what happens to teens in the run up to their prom). The show is segmented, with a number of stories told. Sedaris is used in the show when he has written some story about the topic at hand. His stories typically cover some aspect of his life (though I supected they have been "amped up" for effect) and are read in the form of a monolgue.

This book is a collection of essays that talk about aspects of his life. They are lightly amusing tales, but I don't think it's neccesarily a good thing to read the stories in quick succession. The problem is that if you read one story it can be funny. If you read two they can be humourous. Read 3 or more in succession and I suspect that you're going to think he's whiney.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad book, just a book that works best in short doses. Incidentally, the title comes from those terribly polite (and poorly translated) instructions that you see in Japan. It told him what to do if his hotel room was on fire.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. 3 April 2013
By Dotty
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this book and pretty much anything David Sedaris writes. These are great stories full of his wit and observations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When you are engulfed in time to spare 4 Dec 2011
By Noel TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Is there anyone better to read when you want to relax and laugh a bit, than David Sedaris? I still think "Santaland Diaries" is must-read material for this time of year and "Me Talk Pretty One Day" is one of the funniest books I've ever read, full stop. So it's a given that when he publishes a new book I have to buy it immediately. I know, "When You are Engulfed in Flames" came out in 2008, this is 2011, but I did try and read it 3 years ago but I gave up frustrated. The solution to completing it this time? - audiobooks.

Sedaris reading his stories is a different beast to reading them yourself. I love podcasts and felt that him reading his stories was like listening to a podcast, telling everyone funny stories that had happened to him, and so I got through this book in a day after a few enjoyable hours spent listening to him while driving.

His bad baby sitter, Mrs Peacock, was a funny and strange character who demanded back scratches and that David and his sisters clean her house while their parents were on holiday; his Italian neighbour in New York, Helen, who was this extremely bullying and unlikable person and who beat up a disabled kid for accidentally pocketing a biro of hers; and the Normandy neighbour who turned out to be child molester.

While his characterisations of real people are always brilliant, what I liked better were the anecdotes centred around himself - arguing with cab drivers for whom English was a second language; giving up smoking in Japan; or sitting on a plane in first class next to a Polish man who couldn't stop crying as he'd just buried his mother. The foreign element tips it over for me as it reminds me of the brilliance of "Me Talk Pretty One Day" which also focused on language and communication issues.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars funny and honest 3.5 * 22 Nov 2010
By purpleheart TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
'My friend Patsy was telling a story. 'So I'm at the movie theatre,' she said,'and I've got my coat all neatly laid out against the back of my seat when this guy comes along-' And here I stopped her, because I've always wondered about this coat business.' Typical Sedaris - realistic dilaogue and gossipy love of the apparently unimportant detail.

These stories are funny and they are self-revealing and honest. I haven't scored them higher because they are so similar. There are some great characters - the terrible babysitter, Mrs Peacock who makes them scratch her back and pick up dog turds on the lawn - or their NY neighbour Helen swearing and cooking loathsome food offerings.

Very amusing and probably best read when picked up now and then, rather than all together as I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 9 April 2013
By Xenia
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
How can you not love David Sedaris? Highly recommend - my favorite being The Understudy. I started with that one back in 2008 and have been hooked ever since..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gin and Tonic for the soul 15 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Touching and funny in equal measure; wonderfully crafted with searing honesty and outrageous wit. I read it in one sitting.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars funny and honest ***1/2 3 Nov 2008
By purpleheart TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
'My friend Patsy was telling a story. 'so I'm at the movie theatre,' she said,'and I've got my coat all neatly laid out against the back of my seat when this guy comes along-' And here I stopped her , because I've always wondered about this coat business.' Typical Sedaris - realistic dilaogue and gossipy love of the apparently unimportant detail.

These are funny and they are self revealing and honest. I haven't scored them higher because they are so similar. There are some great characters - the terrible babysitter, Mrs Peacock who makes them scratch her back and pick up dog turds on the lawn - or their NY neighbour Helen swearing and cooking loathsome food offerings.

Very amusing and probably best read when picked up now and then, rather than all together as I did.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of a marvellous bunch 27 Oct 2008
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I guess the only reason you're reading this is to find out if this is as good as all his other books. In my opinion, this is the best of the lot. And while I don't think his changes of pace, and attempts at pathos/bathos have ever been very successful, his all-out humour is brilliant. It's that rare and wonderful thing; a book that causes you to laugh out loud and embarrass yourself and irritate others while doing so, In fact, there's a bit about that in here too...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud
As usual with David Sedaris the accounts of his experiences are extremely funny. I am working my way through his books. Recommended!
Published 12 days ago by Jenny D
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on top form, whew!
Those of you who have read my previous reviews will know that I was really disappointed with the last book of his that I read, finding it self-satisfied and somewhat pretentious. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pam Vick
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this and you'll never take up smoking
This is a terrific collection of David Sedaris essays and articles on a variety of topics, from spiders to neighbours, but with the latter part of the book devoted to his attempts... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zebrasoma
5.0 out of 5 stars comedy genius
Heard David doing monologue on radio and so picked up one of his books. Observation, turn of phrase and clever wit. Loved it!
Published 6 months ago by Kev
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant Genius
Laugh and b amazed at the ost acomplished of american writers who ever lived. I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS WORK HIGHLY ENOUGH. Read more
Published 6 months ago by WendysWorld
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hilarious Book of Sedaris observations
His books are always fantastic, honest observations. If you've read one Sedaris book and enjoyed it then you'll love them all!
Published 7 months ago by Jade Kearney
5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful reading this in public
Possibly his best so far, but I laughed out loud so much when reading it that I was receiving some strange looks!!
Published 7 months ago by barbara Browning
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny!
If you're a Sedaris fan already, this is well worth the read. And even if you're not, it'll give you a laugh.
Published 8 months ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad to know what to do when engulfed in flames
I love the language plays, the innocently amusing things that happen when literal translations are made are particularly funny, and this book has a lot of this kind of humour. Read more
Published 9 months ago by EV Bliss
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
Just a super book. Mr Sedaris writes so well. He does revolt at times as he delights in the grotesque but you really just have to embrace as much of this as you can (while skipping... Read more
Published 12 months ago by George Kinsky
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