Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life - the etiquette of having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger or how to soundproof your windows with LP covers against neurotic songbirds - to the most deeply resonant human truths.
Taking in the parasitic worm that once lived in his mother-in-law's leg, an encounter with a dingo and the purchase of a human skeleton, and culminating in a brilliant account of his attempt to quit smoking - in Tokyo - David Sedaris' sixth story collection is a fresh masterpiece of comic writing.
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I have never heard of David Sedaris before but bought the book anyway. I am so glad I did. Was well worth paying for as I had no credits left. I have listened over and over to this and loved every second of it. My partner has even request that I stop listening to it before I go to sleep as I have been keeping him awake with my chuckling! Sorry Darl....lol
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His wit makes any subject entertaining, some sections are almost straight out stand-up comedy, and not only is he a great writer but fantastic narrator - brilliant at accents and impersonations. Lot's of laugh out loud bits, only thing I didn't like was when he went a little bit too far up the gross-out scale in the bits about the morgue and boil-lancing, but if you know him I guess you're going to expect that.
An extra star for self-narration alone, huge bonus.
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The most exquisite and captivating observational humour. Always irreverent and self-effacing in equal measure. The live sessions are particularly enjoyable.
The book to read when trapped in German airport
If you could sum up When You Are Engulfed in Flames in three words, what would they be?
uplifting 'funnyashell' stunning
What other book might you compare When You Are Engulfed in Flames to and why?
What does David Sedaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
pure honesty and impeccable delivery.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
cried laughing, also eased relationship travel tension when listening to it as a couple.
Any additional comments?
Best thing to share with significant others.