Naked Paperback – 15 Feb 2001
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I just love Sedaris's stories. They're honest, funny and uncompromising, and they read as if they're effortless to write, which is a mark of how brilliantly crafted they are (Rebecca Front) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
*A collection of personal essays - surprising, disarming, heartbreakingly funny - from the #1 bestselling writer Time named America's Favorite Humorist. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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There are seventeen stories in this collection -some of which are quite good and often entertaining. But at no stage was I in convulsions laughing at the humour. In common with a few of the other reviewers I too was dismayed to read of people laughing out loud at some of the stories. The funniest ones, to me, were 'Get Your Ya-Ya's Out' and 'Dinah The Christmas Whore'. These were very engaging and well-written. However, the title story 'Naked' was far too long and ended up being tedious.
For me, Sedaris displayed much more impressive skill when he dealt with more serious subject-matter. He seemed to be on much firmer ground and more compelling. The story 'Ashes' about his mother's impending death from cancer manages effortlessly to be both funny and very poignant. I finished it wanting to read more stories in this style rather than the forced style of a lot of the other stories.
In this book Sedaris tackles such diverse topics as his time on a nudist colony, his Greek grandmother, his volunteerism in a psychiatric hospital, his sister Lisa's friendship with a prostitute, a pornographic novel discovered in their home, Lisa's first period and her marriage, and his childhood issues with his homosexuality and OCD among others.
I felt when reading 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' that Sedaris' childhood made anyone's seem dull and tame, and 'Naked' expands on this, the man's life is full of incident and wild stories to tell at dinner parties, whilst what happens to David the majority of the time is unfortunate and often cringeworthy, you feel slightly envious that he had all these experiences. It beats the heck out of childhood Saturdays spent traipsing around garden centres.
The funniest stories this time round for me were 'The Drama Bug' a story in which Sedaris becomes taken with Shakespeare and begins to address his family in Shakespearean Language, which genuinely made me laugh aloud, The Women's Open : the story of Lisa's first period which distinguishes itself for Lisa's reaction to her father in the car.Read more ›
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Nicely written with a good flow and some beautiful observations. If you are a fan of his talks on radio 4 the colourful tale of his teenage years may come as a bit of a surprise. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great book and very funny in places. Once I got past the horrible hype on the cover about this being wittier than Wilde and Allen and took the book for what it is, I really got... Read morePublished 5 months ago by 31001
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to the very end. David Sedaris tells a wonderful story, in a raw humorous fashion. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Katrina McManus
I love this man! He is a superb writer/observer. He makes me laugh and cry. I can't recommend him highly enoughPublished 10 months ago by Mrs S Howell
I have loved listening to David Sedaris on Radio 4 over the years, crying with shock and laughter at times. So when I saw this book on Amazon I had to buy it. Well... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Katy P
I've loved David Sedaris' series on BBC Radio 4 and after hearing him read live, a couple of weeks ago, and discovering the slightly (majorly) darker side to his humour, I decided... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Zest_ee