When You Are Engulfed in Flames – Book Review

when-you-are-engulfed-in-flamesWhen You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

I find David Sedaris absolutely hilarious when he appears on This American Life, but when ever I read one of his books, it leaves me with a profound sense of malaise.  His written word just doesn’t work for me.  It was with this knowledge that I tried the audiobooks of “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” in hopes that I just needed Sedaris’ delivery to enjoy his book.  

Happily, this was indeed the case.  I found “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” to be a very enjoyable collection of essays.  I’d say that the title essay, which was the last one and by far the longest, was probably my least favorite.  Sedaris does have a tendency to ramble, which is usually mitigated by the short nature of his essays, but it became overly apparent in the long essay.  I would forget for long periods that his whole Japan adventure began with his attempt to quit smoking.  

A bit slow at the end, but overall the David Sedaris audiobook was a very enjoyable experience. 

Buy this book from:
Powells – book or audiobook
A local independent bookstore via Indiebound – book or audiobook
Amazon – book or audiobook

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