Email address:. Barrel Fever. David Sedaris. Little, Brown and Company.
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Email address:. Barrel Fever. David Sedaris. Little, Brown and Company. This collection of short stories and essays by David Sedaris is divided into two sections. The first consists of short fiction and the second half contains autobiographical essays, and includes "The SantaLand Diaries.
What The Reviewers Say. Composed of 12 stories and four essays, Barrel Fever is wacky writing par excellence: original, acid and wild No one is more susceptible to this penchant than the author himself, as he switches from fiction to confessional essays at the end of Barrel Fever Positive Kirkus. Deadpan exaggeration gives this first collection a satirical edge Throughout the collection, without slapping the reader in the face with a political diatribe, the author skewers our ridiculous fascination with other people's tedious everyday lives.
Life may be banal here, but Sedaris's take on it is vastly entertaining. Positive Publishers Weekly. In this collection of short writings that both celebrate and skewer various odd elements of contemporary American culture, Sedaris, who's a regular commentator for National Public Radio, fashions a mordantly comic, outspoken and often delusional narrative, suggesting a caustic mix of J.
Salinger and John Waters Sedaris ekes humor from the blackest of scenarios, peppering his narrative with memorable turns of phrase and repeatedly surprising with his double-edged wit.
Just as the reader is convinced by some sharp gem of vituperation, it will turn back and cut its speaker as deeply as its subject. Get the Book Marks Bulletin Email address:. Graphic Novels. Literature in Translation. Story Collections. Graphic Nonfiction. Investigative Journalism. Social Sciences. Lithub Daily.
Barrel Fever and Other Stories
We laugh at the unexpected or when a man or woman, oblivious to the dynamism of life, tries unsuccessfully to remain static in a fluid context. To say that Sedaris plays this material straight is to do it a disservice; deadpan is probably the more appropriate term. She wore, I remember, a skirt the size of a beer cozy, a short, furry jacket, and, on her face, enough rouge, eye shadow, and lipstick to paint our entire house, inside and out. Her voice was nothing special but she never allowed that fact to dampen her spirits.
This was my first venture into Sedaris and I was thoroughly entertained. These stories and essays are very strong-willed none are alike, and they each reach so high and deliver that it is a great enjoyment to read them. This was great! This book reminded me of a friend Trag I had at university so named as everything in his life was always so tragic and terrible. Trag was a bit of a Queen, and in small doses his scathing wit was
NPR storyteller Sedaris chronicles a society slightly removed from the mainstream and characters who don't quite fit in with the masses. Deadpan exaggeration gives this first collection a satirical edge. Distancing himself from both parents, Dale tries not to rock the boat while keeping some secrets to himself. These and nine other stories are followed by four essays.