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Naked by David Sedaris

Naked (original 1997; edition 1998)

by David Sedaris

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Authors:David Sedaris
Info:Back Bay Books (1998), Paperback, 224 pages
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Naked by David Sedaris (1997)


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I've read and loved other books by Sedaris. This one just didn't do it for me. There were moments of humor, but I confess that most of it was just strange, and somewhat pitiful. While the Sedaris presented in other books seems very much to be someone I'd like to know, or at least have dinner with, this man is someone I would just look at with incomprehension. It took me over a month to get through this one; I even lost it for awhile. ( )
  LeslieHurd | Jan 11, 2017 |
I always enjoy reading David Sedaris and Naked is alternately laugh out loud funny and heartbreaking. A memoir that also manages not to be too self indulgent, which makes a nice change. ( )
  essjay1 | Jan 11, 2017 |
Library Journal calls his irreverent humor "well worth his generous human sensibility"!
  mcmlsbookbutler | Nov 1, 2016 |
This is, I believe, Sedaris' first collection of autobiographical essays. (There may have been some in the earlier Barrel Fever, but I remember there being more fiction than non-fiction in that one.) It features stories -- admittedly, probably fairly embellished ones -- from his childhood, college years, and young adulthood. Also that one time he spent a week in a nudist trailer park.

I've read some of his later collections, and my vague impression is that maybe this one is a little darker, a little less funny than most of them. It certainly deals with some fairly serious stuff, such as his mother's cancer diagnosis. But his dark, sardonic, self-deprecatingly self-aware sense of humor is still very much in evidence, and, as usual, it's hard not to feel drawn in to wacky pathos of his life. ( )
  bragan | Aug 21, 2016 |
David Sedaris may be 'a smart ass born and raised' but he's also insightful, self-depreciating, appalling, and downright funny. In the last of the 15 essays in this book, also titled 'Naked', David chronicles his week in a nudist - no, not a colony - in a nudist trailer park. Yes, he makes lots of (various body parts) jokes but at the same time he convincingly portrays the nudists' lifestyle as a relaxed alternative to the clothed world around them. ( )
  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
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Deggerich, GeorgTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I'm thinking of asking the servants to wax my change before placing it in the Chinese tank I keep on my dresser.
Every gathering has its moment. As an adult, I distract myself by trying to identify it, dreading the inevitable downswing that is sure to follow. The guests will repeat themselves one too many times, or you'll run out of dope or liquor and realize that it was all you ever had in common.
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Hip radio comedy fans and theater folks who belong to the cult of Obie-winning playwright/performer David Sedaris must kill to get this book. These would be fans of the scaldingly snide Sedaris's hilariously described personal misadventures like The Santaland Diaries (a monologue about his work as an elf to a department store Santa) seen off-Broadway in 1997. In a series of similarly textured essays, Sedaris takes us along on his catastrophic detours through a nudist colony, a fruit-packing plant, his own childhood, and a dozen more of the world's little purgatories.

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The author recounts hitchhiking across the country with an odd cast of quadriplegics and deadbeats, working as a migrant worker in North Carolina, and other adventures.

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