Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays #2020

Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays David Sedaris Barrel Fever Stories and Essays In David Sedaris s world no one is safe and no cow is sacred A manic cross between Mark Leyner Fran Lebowitz and the National Enquirer Sedaris s collection of essays is a rollicking tour through t

  • Title: Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays
  • Author: David Sedaris
  • ISBN: 9780316779425
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback
  • Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays David Sedaris In David Sedaris s world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred A manic cross between Mark Leyner, Fran Lebowitz, and the National Enquirer, Sedaris s collection of essays is a rollicking tour through the national Zeitgeist a do it yourself suburban dad saves money by performing home surgery a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the world a teenagIn David Sedaris s world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred A manic cross between Mark Leyner, Fran Lebowitz, and the National Enquirer, Sedaris s collection of essays is a rollicking tour through the national Zeitgeist a do it yourself suburban dad saves money by performing home surgery a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the world a teenage suicide tries to incite a lynch mob at her funeral a bitter Santa abuses the elves.David Sedaris made his debut on NPR s Morning Edition with SantaLand Diaries , recounting his strange but true experiences as an elf at Macy s, and soon became one of the show s most popular commentators 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.
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    1. 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 If you must read this, borrow it from a library or buy it used It works well as a paper weight.

    2. 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 ou [...]

    3. Che immane fatica S alla fine ci sono arrivata ma che fatica Chi ti ha obbligata potreste chiedermi Un obbligo con me stessa dato che ho accettato di giocare al gioco adotta un autore Guarda che rtunella sono che la ruota della fortuna mi fa adottare tale Sedaris mai sentito nominare.Dato che difficilmente mi tiro indietro capatosta .comi, e questo anche il secondo libro che leggo Per tutta la lettura mi sono immaginata una di quelle scene da tele film americano dove il protagonista si posiziona [...]

    4. 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 Barrel Fever is a collection of short stories and essays, and for a debut collection it was not bad None of the stories are bad, but they re not amazingly great either however, I found the four essays [...]

    5. I loved Me Talk Pretty One Day, but Barrel Fever was painful The audiobook is read by the author with a few vocal appearances from his sister, Amy Sedaris I guess I was just expecting 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 narrator who happens to be gay It s like a terrible version of Curb Your Enthusiam which the narrator is plugged into ridiculous and awkward sce [...]

    6. To all of the reviewers who put down this collection of short stories and essays, I say Give the man a break Of course this 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 a first printing of short stories written by a man who later becomes a great speaker and autob [...]

    7. E il secondo che leggo, di suo, e credo che Sedaris si meriti un posto tra gli autori da seguire con pi attenzione.E umorismo americano ben fatto e soprattutto ha la capacit di passare da uno stile all altro, da uno stereotipo o un linguaggio a un altro, mantenendo una buona qualit del racconto.Ripeto quanto gi detto altrove trovo che negli ultimi anni ci sia stata una bulimia editoriale Non basta un libro, deve uscire la trilogia Non bastano 100 pagine, bisogna infarcirle di aggettivi ed avverb [...]

    8. Sedaris non uno scrittore umoristico nel senso pi stretto della definizione e chi si rapportasse ai suoi libri animato da simili aspettative resterebbe senz altro deluso Infatti le storie che racconta sono spesso spaccati di vita quotidiana, esperienze vissute o del tutto inventate che non hanno nulla di eccezionale o di insolito, tranne il modo in cui vengono presentate il suo tratto scarno, incisivo e graffiante nel caratterizzare i fatti e i personaggi a risultare umoristico, ma di un umorism [...]

    9. Definitely Sedaris worst book The stories are occasionally interesting and hilarious, but are, often than not, half baked ideas with a little bit of angst ridden humor that just doesn t work for the most part The essays, on the other hand, are were Sedaris succeeds He is funny and captivating and insightful The way that Sedaris sees life is staggeringly original and thought provoking and it s no wonder his later books have been so popular and sold so well It is a shame that his fiction does not [...]

    10. Tre stelle stiracchiatissime.Si tratta di una raccolta di racconti probabilmente parzialmente autobiografici, che tra loro non hanno nessun tipo di connessione logica o cronologica.I primi brevi capitoli sono veramente sconclusionati, piccoli aneddoti dimenticabili Pian piano i racconti si allungano e prendono un minimo di corpo.Il tutto pi che ironico molto agrodolce, con venature di autentico cattivo gusto Il tarlo del teatro e Nudo sono i brani che mi sono piaciuti e hanno arrotondato le stel [...]

    11. As I recalled from reading the print version several years ago, the personal stories are best The fictional essays are decent, too, but not quite as entertaining On audio, it s still a pick, though I love Sedaris

    12. David Sedaris has become one of my favorite writers He s funny, he s brutally honest, and he looks at life through a unique lens that I ve grown to love But I ll be honest if this had been the first book by Sedaris that I read, I probably wouldn t have found any of this out because I wouldn t have been tempted to pick up another of his books ever again.Okay, so it wasn t unreadable In fact, it was often funny and it did shed a light on the stupidity in society, something that I ve come to apprec [...]

    13. A collection of short fiction pieces parodies, flights of fancy bordering on the absurd, and the blackest of black humor riffs on dysfunctional families followed by Sedaris debut and best known memoir, SantaLand Diaries, and a few other humorous essays.As a great fan of Sedaris, I ve read all of his work, and enjoyed this book the least As a fiction writer, Sedaris makes a damn fine essayist I found his stories to be either too fantastic to be meaningful Don s Story, in which an obnoxious unempl [...]

    14. Il primo libro di Sedaris che io abbia letto, e rischia di restare l unico Questo racconto semi autobiografico a singhiozzo, nonostante alcuni momenti resi godibili dall acuto spirito di osservazione dell autore, mi ha talvolta irritato ma pi spesso annoiato Pu darsi benissimo che io non capisca il suo senso dell umorismo, sempre che a infastidirmi non sia stato invece il gigantesco e sfacciato egocentrismo di cui mi pare dia prova il narratore, e che solo a tratti viene interrotto da benvenuti [...]

    15. Sedaris first book and it shows I am glad that he switched to the autobiographical stories and left the straight up fiction behind reads like a john waters film, but could be better i d say this book is for sedaris completists and that others should just stick w Naked Very weak Just go ahead and read the later books.

    16. Please see my review at Grace s Barrel Fever ReviewTerrible, terrible book With the sole exception of Santaland Diaries, this was a waste of time and paper Borrow it from the library, commit Santaland Diaries to memory, and ignore the rest.

    17. Although many of his stories are filled with delusions of grandeur and insane self absorption, when Sedaris does it, somehow it s still funny For example The press is having a field day over my relationship with Mike Tyson We tried to keep it a secret, but for Mike and me there can be no privacyWe look so good together, everyone wants pictures Mike and I are arguing over what to name our kitten For the record, a long haired cat is one thing, but a big white Persian Himalayan blend named Pitty Ti [...]

    18. I m actually surprised I read this whole thing From the opening stories I felt as though this was nothing than an amateur author testing his skills, attempting to find his voice, struggling to be humorous On than one occasion I actually checked the sexual preference of the author for fear that the entire thing was just supposed to be one horrible gay joke, as opposed to the working out of demons that it likely is Perhaps the issue is my knowledge of current David Sedaris and his rather clever [...]

    19. First, a disclaimer I listened mostly to the audiobook which, upon closer inspection is titled Barrel Fever and Other Stories, not the subtitle from the print version Stories and Essays , even though the cover art is the same I was so confused by the audiobook that I was moved to check out the print version from the library to see what the he e double hockey sticks was happening It was like David Sedaris on shuffle and I did not understand it at all There were these like 5 minute pointless rambl [...]

    20. Yeah, uh, no I didn t like 95% of this book I have now read all of David Sedaris books and I can unequivocally say this is the book I liked least I liked it even less than I liked Naked or should I say I disliked it even than I disliked Naked This is Sedaris first book and IMO it s obvious There are twelve stories allegedly fiction and four essays, supposedly non fiction As far as I know, all subsequent Sedaris books are essay collections I can see why The difference between the fiction and the [...]

    21. I love David Sedaris Lately I ve been listening to audiobooks but I can really only stand to listen to books that are 5 6 discs or less I get kind of impatient if they take too long, unless there s a really good narrator David Sedaris, reading his own work with a little help from his sister Amy Sedaris, is a great narrator I think most authors reading their own work just know the correction delivery they re aiming for, and David Sedaris is better than most because he s got delivery like a stand [...]

    22. After reading some books that had little to no comedic value to them whatsoever, I thought it d mix it up a bit with a work from a comedian that I found to be funny in the past, David Sedaris I had first heard his comedy a few years ago when my mom had me listen to the audiobook version of Lets Explore Diabetes With Owls during a long car ride As Sedaris has had a very interesting and somewhat checkered past, some of the stories he told the book was a collection of essays were pretty awkward to [...]

    23. This is a pretty funny collection of Sedaris short stories, augmented with a few essays Observant, profane and at times hilarious, the book shows its age a bit as some of the stories are fairly dated I was a 90s kid but even I wasn t familiar with some of the celebrities he lampoons.

    24. I listened to the audiobook and, because I believe it is an abridged version, I decided to not give it a star rating But I didn t enjoy this the jokes were forced and there was nothing particularly interesting in the stories.

    25. I hate I do not love this, because I love him That said This is some of his earlier short stories and essays I can completely see how his writing as evolved I also prefer his semi biographical stories and this collection did not have very many of those.

    26. The books begins with a tempestuous tabloid recount of the author s numerous affairs with famous figureheads, including boxer Mike Tyson who apparently has a softer, gayer side that none of us knew about Throughout the first chapter, the most prevalent thought in my mind was What the fuck am I reading But of course, this is David Sedaris we re talking about here, and perhaps the barrage of non fiction literature I ve been reading up to this point hadn t prepared me for the silliness.Although the [...]

    27. Many hilarious moments the rare laugh out loud event occurred a few times in the car, especially his depiction of his brother Rooster with sister Amy in You Can t Kill the Rooster essay My brother politely ma ams and sirs all strangers but refers to friends and family his father included, as either bitch or motherfucker Friends are appalled at the way he speaks to his only remaining parent The two of them once visited my sister Amy and me in New York City, and we celebrated with a dinner party W [...]

    28. Even though this is one of David Sedaris s earliest offerings, I did not read it first I came onto Sedaris s sardonic wit through the fantastic essay collection Me Talk Pretty One Day After laughing my way through those 200 plus pages I was hungry for by the author Being a completest, I usually read everything I can by authors that I enjoy.Coming from the high that was Me Talk Pretty I was a little put off by Barrel Fever, the next title I attempted from the author Where as Pretty contains most [...]

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