In Naked, David Sedaris's message alternately rendered in Fakespeare, Italian, Spanish, and pidgin Greek is the same: pay attention to me.
Whether he's taking to the road with a thieving quadriplegic, sorting out the fancy from the extra-fancy in a bleak fruit-packing factory, or celebrating Christmas in the company of a recently paroled prostitute, this collection of memoirs creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all-too-familiar world. It takes Sedaris from his humiliating bout with obsessive behavior in A Plague of Tics to the title story, where he is finally forced to face his naked self in the mirrored sunglasses of a lunatic. At this soulful and moving moment, he picks potato chip crumbs from his pubic hair and wonders what it all means.
This remarkable journey into his own life follows a path of self-effacement and a lifelong search for identity, leaving him both under suspicion and overdressed.
David Sedaris is an author who was introduced to me by my best friend who gave me a annotated copy of "Me Talk Pretty One Deay" as a birthday gift & since then I've read & re-read everything he's written & wish there was more. Of his books "Naked" is my absolute favorite never before has any author been able to make me laugh out loud, need to smoke a cigarette & cry all in one collection of essays. Sedaris is the greatest writer n humorist of our time & gives such an incredibly personal look into every area of his life like no other author can. I've actually had the opportunity to go to one of his readings & if u ever get the chance I guarantee you will not be disappointed - not only was the lecture/reding hilarious & entertaining but afterwards he took the time to stay & not only sign a book for ea. & every person who was there but interact with & ask everyone questions which I was not expecting.55
Don't bother....unless you like painfully slow reads about nothing in particular.15
I completely loved this book and laughed the whole time!!55
I second everything that the previous poster said. I chucked it in the trash after finishing. Complete waste of time.15
Reading this narcissistic book was torture. Interesting up until his ticks..that's hilarious. From then on it's all downhill. The book had no point at all other than this gay man's awkwardness and his inability to interact. Serious issues are avoided thuought the book. Complete waste of time.15
Hard to put down, a completely addictive read.55
You really get to peek into the lives of a family who is twisted enough to be entertaining but real enough to be reminiscent of your own family...55
Great stories! So personal and so well written. And always very funny. Loved it.55
I got the book thinking it would be laugh out loud funny like Me Talk Pretty One Day. This book still made me laugh, but it is so incredibly personal and revealing that I found myself thinking about passages days after I read them. Highly recommended!55
Great stories and one of my favorite collections.55