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When You Are Engulfed In Flames

Sunday, August 10, 2008



When You Are Engulfed In Flames

David Sedaris

June 2008

323 pages


My goal for today was to finish this book, which I did, thank goodness, because I gave it away to bethany over 2 weeks ago.  Then I forgot to take it on vacation with me, then I read Breaking Dawn, so I was feeling like quite the flake.  This is actually a quick read, which is a good thing, because I sat down with it this afternoon and then fell asleep.  For two hours. Despite the interruption, I managed to finish.


I've read other Sedaris books...Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.  I still find him sarcastically funny, but the attraction has waned.  I laughed out loud at Me Talk Pretty One Day.  I think I chuckled a few times during DYFICandD.  This time, I took a nap.  My favorite essay was the longer contribution that ended the book...
Smoking Section.  I enjoyed Sedaris' quips about smoking, and life in Japan.  But I've discovered I'm really not a die-hard fan of humorous essays.  In fact, I'm stumped for things to write about, so this write-up is over.

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