When You Are Engulfed in Flames, a series of autobiographical essays, was written by humorist and self-styled wit David Sedaris.
From testing the boundary of romantic bonds when Hugh lances a pus filled blemish on his back, to stretching the limit of lethargy when he snatches water from a glass of flowers to fill the café maker after his water is shut off, David takes the most banal and strange memories to uncover new dimensions of empathy and terror among friends, foes, and family.
Ever had a cough drop fall from your mouth to a stranger's lap? Ever blocked the sunlight and twittering birds with records plastered over your window? Ever bought drugs from a peddler in a mobile park in North Carolina? Sedaris most certainly has.
Ending with a voyage to Japan in order to stop smoking, this number six addition to his series of autobiographical essays is one for which fans and critiques waited eagerly. Though it is acidic, it is also a wiser take on the absurdity of being alive. Like his other works, Sedaris will only continue to prompt, inspire, and entertain.
David Sedaris is an award winning author, humorist, and radio commentator. He came to public attention with his journalistic style Santaland Diaries, which was broadcast over public radio to a wide audience. Obsessive compulsive and bourgeoisie, he makes light of his former occupations, his family history, and does so with a keen eye for self-deprecation. His works have sold over eight million copies worldwide.
"I remember this being on the bestseller's list years ago, but I didn't know anything about it. It's a collection of short stories, and they were quite entertaining. Full of memorable descriptions from a funny point of view. An excellent and charming read."
Leiah (4 out of 5 stars)