Book Review: When You Are Engulfed in Flames

I recently finished David Sedaris’ “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” and while I have enjoyed some of his work in the past, this one left me feeling a little bit more needy for some great punchlines or sarcastic wit.

The book (like most of Sedaris’) is a memoir focusing on short stories of his past experiences. This one was primarily focused on his time living in Europe and then in Japan and the cultural differences. The point where he was interacting with his vivacious and odd next door neighbor was very entertaining, as well as his attempt at learning Japanese amidst other students that he felt were much more advanced. I think if you’re looking for some quick short stories or a decent laugh, you should pick this up.

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