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[[ Download E-pub ]] í When You Are Engulfed in Flames ò It S Early AutumnTwo Straight A Students Head Off To School, And When Only One Of Them Returns Home Chesney Yelverton Is Coaxed From Retirement And Assigned To What Proves To Be The Most Difficult And Deadly Case Of His Career From The Shining Notorious East Side, When You Are Engulfed In Flames Confirms Once Again That David Sedaris Is A Master Of Mystery And SuspenseOr How Aboutwhen Set On Fire, Most Of Us Either Fumble For Our Wallets Or Waste Valuable Time Feeling Sorry For Ourselves David Sedaris Has Studied This Phenomenon, And His Resulting Insights May Very Well Save Your Life Author Of The National Bestsellers Should You Be Attacked By Snakes And If You Are Surrounded By Mean Ghosts, David Sedaris, With When You Are Engulfed In Flames, Is Clearly At The Top Of His GameOh, All RightDavid Sedaris Has Written Yet Another Book Of Essays His Sixth Subjects Include A Parasitic Worm That Once Lived In His Mother In Law S Leg, An Encounter With A Dingo, And The Recreational Use Of An External Catheter Also Recounted Is The Buying Of A Human Skeleton And The Author S Attempt To Quit Smoking In TokyoMaster Of Nothing, At The Dead Center Of His Game, Sedaris Proves That When You Play With Matches, You Sometimes Light The Whole Pack On Fire Front Flap When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris and narrated by author is a book I picked up from the library I enjoyed this book so much The first story had me laughing so much He has a way of telling a basic story but making it extraordinary and either heartwarming, thought provoking, or hilarious I could relate to many of his characters I think I have seem them all he listed Love his books In our present culture, we sometimes write LOL meaning laugh out loud to recognize something is funny, but this is usually just a smile or an acknowledgment of a humorous situation I can sincerely type LOL, or even ROFL, or LSHIS laughed so hard I snorted This is funny Sedaris has a rare gift of relating a hilarious story or by simply telling a commonplace occurrence in a funny way So why just three stars In between the laughs is the not altogether likable persona of Sedaris He may impart self deprecating humor, or maybe he is personifying a satire on our culture, or both, but many times in the narrative, organized into short essays or vignettes, I had to admit that I did not like my narrator Other times, to be fair, he repented or showed a generous, open mindedness but I could not shake the image of an unapologetically selfish person who, sadly, may reflect modern Western culture all too well That said, really funny book. Here s my take on Sedaris, or maybe my take on Sedaris before I listened to this book Naked is easily his best work because it s his most thorough, his most unencumbered by his own fame If we were to compare his oeuvre to MTV s The Real World, Naked is the original New York season despite not being Sedaris s first book In New York, the cast members were people already living in the city with the Alabama exception and trying to make a living the whole be on TV part of it was something they dealt with in the name of free housing Now, of course, teens run at the chance to go live in some other city just to have their lives taped, just for the fame it might bring, and what they actually do on the show is dull as a result Naked is the masterpiece because the essays therein are longer andsatisfying the whole thing is memoir in its finest form of sifting through the past to let someone understand how life or maybe just a life gets lived.Then he got wildly famous and was able to publish any old essay in any old magazine This, I recognize, is a factor of his talent both as a writer and a humorist, not a factor of his name Still, even as far back as Me Talk Pretty One Day, I left much of the essays with a sense of incompletion Picka Pocketoni Why wasn t this narrator doing anything It wasn t enough just to stand there and report, I felt.A lot of WYAEiF is about how wealthy and glamorous Sedaris s life is, and how wealthy he was growing up, which is something I d never really sensed before He talks about the cork lined dining room at his parents house with the at the time contemporary Danish modern furniture He talks about the 20K he spent to quit smoking by moving to Tokyo for three months He mentions an 8K first class ticket he bought He mentions a lot of airplane rides I think at least three of the essays have their roots in something that happened to D.S while flying across the Atlantic This smacks to me of a writer who s run out of things to write about and yet there are essays about old neighbors That s A , one of the collection s best , so it seems Sedaris still has enough memories to last a fewbooks.I heard that in some interview somewhere, Sedaris confessed that he was getting to the point in his life where he d act in a scene explicitly for the purposes of creating something to write about Maybe Sedaris has a history of this I can t imagine he just wanted to up and go to a nudist colony on his own clearly, he saw great material in the exercise but something about the heft of those earlier essays Santaland Diaries , too makes them seemhonest In the interview, Sedaris was talking specifically about the decision to cough so hard on a plane that his throat lozenge would be expelled from his mouth He thought, Let s see what happens, and coughed This action begins one of the essays in this book, and it s never revealed as constructed.I m not aligning myself with that camp of Memoir Exposers For The Truth My complaint isn t that Sedaris makes things up It s that at one time, behind the essays, was this guy David Sedaris, or as close to the guy as we could get, and now it seems that behind all these essays lies The Writer David Sedaris I m not making myself clear Which, incidentally, is one thing I can t fault Sedaris for His timing in writing is impeccable and his descriptions apt and lovely in places Oh and funny The book in just incredibly, unendingly funny In short get the audiobook. Oh, David Sedaris I ll always love him for rescuing me from the bog of eternal stench which is A Little Life I survived my weeks long recovery from that epic torture session by reading Sedaris hilarious Me Talk Pretty One Day He earned lifelong gratitude from me, reminding me books don t have to include dozens of sexual assaults, or a multitude of self harm shower scenes, in order to be great They can actually make you LAUGH OUT LOUD IN PUBLIC Or, in my car, in endless Montreal traffic, where God knows I desperately need something to chortle about They can involve pedestrian things like, oh I dunno, poop, or furniture, or struggling through a language class.Anyway, if I had wondered that my admiration for David Sedaris was a result of his taming my PTSD from a god awful book, now I know that isn t true I mean, he DID tame my PTSD, but that was incidental The guy is simply brilliant He s like the Greek, gay, literary Seinfeld, with a womanly sounding voice He takes incidents that many people would just move past, and manages to extract the humour and the pathos in a very self depreciating, honest way Much is about himself, but somehow it doesn t come across as self absorbed, something that is very difficult to accomplish Somehow I loved to hear how he, David, coughed a lozenge onto the crotch of the sleeping woman next to him on the airplane, who had earlier called him an asshole for not trading seats with her husband at the bulkhead I loved hearing how he quit smoking, and how much of it had to do with his hotel snobbery rather than cancer risk I loved the story of him sitting in his underwear in a French waiting room, a result of him saying d accord when he didn t understand the nurse s instructions to put on a robe, of course.Not all the essays in this collection are strong But there were a few, at their conclusion, that made me think, that was just PERFECT How beautiful that I can be touched, eyes pricked with threat of tears, about a story which at the onset seemed to be about furniture Bravo, David Sedaris Thank you again for the laughs.