Monday, July 14, 2008

Book 42 of 52 -- David Sedaris' When You Are Engulfed in Flames

A very enjoyable read, with a couple of pieces that may be among Sedaris' very best.

It does however, feel like there are couple of essays that should have been left out of this collection-pieces that did not add to the book as a whole, or seemed too similar to each other.

I do think that "Solution to Saturday's Puzzle" is one of the great pieces of humorous writing, up on a level with Wodehouse's "Clicking of Cuthbert," which it resembles in almost no way.

Frankly, the book is worth it for the giggles and guffaws to be found in that story alone, the rest of the collection is icing on the literary cake (though perhaps occasionally spread a bit too thick).

Buy this book and enjoy the sharp hilarity of our dreary lives...

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