Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays. David Sedaris, Author Little Brown and Company $ (0p) ISBN In David Sedaris’s world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. Sedaris’s collection of essays and stories is a rollicking tour through the national Zeitgeist: a. The NOOK Book (eBook) of the Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays by David Sedaris at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Barrel Fever by David Sedaris. Stories and Essays by David Sedaris. With a perfect eye and a voice infused with as much empathy as wit, Sedaris writes stories and essays that target the soulful ridiculousness of our behavior.
Barrel Fever is like a blind date with modern life, and anything can happen. Paperbackpages. Lambda Literary Award Nominee for Humor To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Jul 26, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it liked it Shelves: Find all of my reviews at: Feber decided for my own mental health maybe I should try an audio book, and what better person to choose than my beloved David.
What can I say????? However, mediocre Sedaris is still waaaaaaaay better than no Sedaris at all — and daviv better than the alternative. May 15, Calista rated it liked it Shelves: This is not my favorite book of David’s, but this had moments that cracked me up.
He was telling a story where the father tried in vein to have an athlete in the family and he gave the son a football and that son said all he wanted to do was ‘bottle and diaper it.
I was on the floor. My second favorite story was about his youngest brother who is a foul mouth with a high pitched voice.
If he likes you he will only call you ‘bitch’ or ‘motherfucker’. The best part is he even say This is not my favorite book of David’s, but this had moments that cracked me up. The best part is he even says that to his dad. That story was hilarious. The first few stories were the best and I didn’t think the stories at the end produced the same tickle effect. Still, I had fun reading these stories. David is quite witty. View all 4 comments.
May 29, Minnie Romanovich rated it did not like it. Another “bestseller” from the humorist; I bought this in blind faith only because it was a Sedaris. However, I admit I was a tad disappointed. In some of the essays, it felt like he was trying too hard to be funny; the stories seemed to lack the punch found in “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” or “Holidays on Ice. It works well as a paper-weight. View all 5 comments. Feb 01, Vanessa rated it liked it.
The first couple of short stories didn’t hit the mark for me so I was a little concerned going in to what I had actually signed up for, but going forward I started to comprehend the authors voice and it fell into place for me, which makes rating this one hard.
Although not all the essays worked for me, I gather from other reviews this maybe isn’t his finest work but I can see some glimpses of genius at play. His style is distinct however with many of his characters being mean spirited, down and The first couple of short stories didn’t hit the mark for me so I was a little concerned going in to what I had actually signed up for, but going forward I started to comprehend the authors voice and it fell into place for me, which makes rating this one hard.
His style is distinct however with many of his characters being mean spirited, down and out seedy characters who most of them happen to be gay, making it quite obvious what the author’s orientation is, not that that matters at all in any way, but most of these characters he chooses to portray here are pretty vile leaving a bad taste in my mouth, but luckily that didn’t turn me off, so I’m happy to see what else he has to offer and will be keen to explore his later publications as I enjoyed his wicked acerbic characterisations and observations Aug 02, Julie Ehlers rated it liked it Shelves: As just about every other reviewer has noted, the tone of this is pretty different from Sedaris’s subsequent work that’s earned him so much adoration.
It’s darker, more misanthropic, occasionally shocking. But if you can resist comparing this to later books, it stands on its own. I thought some of these stories particularly “Don’s Story” were hilarious, and they were definitely unlike any other short stories I’d read—you can see why this collection made such a big impact on critics when it was As just about every other reviewer has noted, the tone of this is pretty different from Sedaris’s subsequent work that’s earned him so much adoration.
I thought some of these stories particularly “Don’s Story” were hilarious, and they were definitely unlike any other short stories I’d read—you can see why this collection made such a big impact on critics when it was released. My one complaint is that the main characters’ voices in most of the stories were very similar, so it got a little samey after a while. But finishing with a few essays was a good idea. You can’t really think poorly of any book that ends with “Santaland Diaries.
Chi ti ha obbligata potreste chiedermi? Dato che difficilmente mi tiro indietro capatosta!!! Per tutta la lettura mi sono immaginata una di quelle scene da tele film americano dove il Che immane fatica! Per tutta la lettura mi sono immaginata una di quelle scene da tele film americano dove il protagonista si posiziona davanti ad un pubblico annoiato in un bar di periferia e cerca di “scaldarlo” con battute a raffica.
Almeno in ” Me parlare bello un giorno ” c’era un filo conduttore basato su alcune sue esperienze e sulla sua strampalata famiglia. Visto il titolo, qui ti aspetti che il tema sia il tabagismo; ridicolizzato, ironizzato come Sedaris sa fare; invece, salta di palo in frasca tra l’altro inventando delle cose assurde che non reggono proprio.
Un “No, grazie” ripetuto all’infinito!!! Jan 23, Anthony Chavez rated it liked it Shelves: When I purchased this at Beer’s Books in Sacramento I had no idea it was Sedaris’ debut book, I just knew that he was a hilarious guy and the cover just made me laugh, I loved it and had to buy it.
I sort of went in with high hopes, a few people I know had recently seen him live and said he was great. None of the stories are bad, but they’re not amazingly great either; however, I found the four When I purchased this at Beer’s Books in Sacramento I had vever idea it was Sedaris’ debut book, I just knew that he was a hilarious guy and the cover just made me laugh, I loved it and had to buy it.
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None of the stories are bad, but they’re not amazingly great either; however, I found the four essays that conclude this book much more engaging than the short stories that take up the majority of the book. This is not to say that the short stories are bad, just that they are more forgettable and don’t quite match up to the quality of the essays. Sedaris often invites us to laugh at ourselves, and he does so in a peculiar way that leaves his audience gasping for breath.
I will say, this collection would have received a two star rating if not for 1 story and 1 essay in this collection. I found both to be laugh out loud funny and downright crazy. Throughout the collection Sedaris’ characters were quite obnoxious, such as his blatant attempt at formulating a hipster-esque character in “After Malison;” however, I did enjoy that one just for its daviv, it sorta reminded me of Bret Easton Ellis’ characters in “Rules of Engagement.
You’ll have a moment of giggles when you hit “Season’s Greetings You’ll also never look at Macy’s around Christmastime the same way again. Overall, a solid collection of stories, but from what I hear it is his strongest work. Will you laugh while reading it?
Why yes you will. Will you remember these stories after checking out some of his other works? Eh, it’s not likely, aside from maybe “SantaLand Diaries. Apr 13, Glenn Sumi rated it it was ok Shelves: After reading Sedaris’s much better written and funnier Me Talk Pretty One Day earlier this year, his barrrel book of stories and essays is disappointing.
The short stories, in particular, are uneven, many of them contrived, failed attempts at being whimsical, absurd or shocking. I guess he’s just not very good at making stuff up. The one gem is the final piece, sedariis now famous SantaLand Diaries, chronicling his experiences as a year-old working as an elf at Macy’s elaborate holiday display. Th After reading Sedaris’s much better written and funnier Me Talk Pretty One Day earlier this year, his debut book of stories and essays is disappointing.
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The tone is witty and self-deprecating, the pacing immaculate, the observations detailed, vivid and pee-your-pants um, like one of the SantaLand visitors hilarious. I only wish the rest of the sedwris had been this good. Apr 26, Andrea rated it did not like it Shelves: The audiobook is read by the author with a few vocal appearances from his sister, Amy Sedaris I sedarls I was just expecting more from them than a tangled mess of sub par short stories – all of which seem to feature the same narcissistic, celebrity obsessed, accident prone, substance abusing, deadbeat davld who happens to be gay.
It’s like a terrible version of Curb Your Enthusiam Jan 22, Cassie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: To all of the reviewers who put down this collection of short stories and essays, I say: Give the man a break!
Of course eavid book is nothing like “Me Talk Pretty One Day”–it’s Sedaris’ first novel and has very little of his own memoirs inside the cover. Authors are allowed to grow and better themselves and change their style as the years pass, so let’s all just take a moment to take this book for what it is: Now, with that being said: I quite enjoyed the fact that this was nothing like other Sedaris works that I’ve read.