The moments where David was a kid and shared stories about his experiences growing up; those were the priceless moments, those were the hilarious, tear-inducing scenes that were impossible not to enjoy. His description of his sarcastic mom, his crazy grandma, his golf-obsessed dad with mutilated friends were priceless. They were characters you could like and laugh at, at the same time. Then comes stories from Sedaris's college days and afterwards, and you begin to think, "You know, I don't really like this guy. This is a guy who is an unapologetic drug abuser, uses obscenities with graphic language and descriptions, takes advantage of people, looks down on others.
Some of these he tempers with a measly sentence at the end of a chapter showing that he has since learned better, but you don't believe it. It doesn't feel sincere, especially in the way he has written it. There are aspects of his childhood self that linger and allow you a view of the Sedaris that you miss, but alas, they are only glimpses. It was with great effort that I finished Naked, and it was with a bitter taste in my mouth.
If I could chance to read more from Sedaris's childhood, I might venture back into those waters, but until then I will avoid him and think of what might have been. View all 32 comments. Prior to publication, several of the essays Naked, David Sedaris Naked, published in , is a collection of essays by American humorist David Sedaris. Prior to publication, several of the essays were read by the author on the Public Radio International program This American Life. Nov 30, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog.
As in most of his work, the author is ironic and self-deprecating as he alternates between recounting childhood memories and recollecting his travels as an adult. Because the audio is abridged, though, all the mediocre pieces that typically embellish a Sedaris collection have been removed. Naked offe My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. Feb 01, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it it was amazing Shelves: memoir , audio , funny-haha , like-this-or-we-cant-be-friends , loveable-losers , non-fiction , favorites , liburrrrrry-book , read-in From being a little kid with O.
An added bonus is his sister Amy lends her voice to some of the selections as well. The only thing better than the Sedaris siblings? Their mother. Several years ago I used to wish I could be her when I grew up. View all 5 comments. Oct 01, Tara rated it liked it. David Sedaris is an adorable little sassmouth. His idiosyncratic brand of humor possesses many fine, laudable traits; it is by turns indecently irreverent, snotty, crude, painfully neurotic, silly, self-deprecating, and even downright morbid.
The first half was genuinely hilarious, and reading it frequently led to uncontrollable giggling and explosions of loud, rambunc David Sedaris is an adorable little sassmouth. The first half was genuinely hilarious, and reading it frequently led to uncontrollable giggling and explosions of loud, rambunctious laughter. The second part, however, had so many strained, awkward jokes that I spent most of the time cringing with embarrassment on their behalf; the poor things were trying way too hard. Failing to act even as a shield, their presence attracted everything from mild curiosity to open hostility.
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View all 4 comments. May 28, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporary , gr-friend-recommendations , essays. I'm being told that this is funny Okay, finished. Is it really supposed to be funny? I found myself pretty saddened by most of the stories. He's got a great writing style and I definitely felt pulled into each of the stories, but I think I felt more empathetic than anything. Especially in "C. G": I didn't want to quit my job. Quitting involved a certain degree of respo I'm being told that this is funny Quitting involved a certain degree of responsibility I didn't want to assume.
Rather, I hoped that Jon might remove that burden and dismiss me as soon as possible. I had felt contempt for him, even occasional hatred, and now I was fighting the urge to feel sorry for him. He must have known it, and clearing his throat he proceeded to cut me off at the pass. I'm not talking here about all the free coffee and rides I've given you. I mean used in here. You used my tools and my patience and now you want me to pat you on the head and tell you what a good little boy you are.
But you know what? You're not a good boy. You're not even a good girl. More, more There's definitely similar themes in each story. He has low self esteem, he sees himself as weak and effeminate and hardly useful.
He has strong ties to his family, although he isn't exactly sure why. Sure, they are told with a whimsical air, but I couldn't help but pick up on the self hatred and run with it. Maybe it's where I feel in my own life, but at the end of each story I reflected on his assessments and had to stop myself from breaking down. In 'Naked' someone asks him the question 'What if everybody in the world were allowed one wish, but in order to get it, it meant they'd bave to crawl around on their hands and knees for the rest of their life? Mabe if I were to wish for happiness, I wouldn't mind crawling -- but what kind of a person would I be if I were naturally happy?
I've seen people like that on inspirational television shows and they scare me. Why did I have to think about this in the first place? I enjoyed his stories and I will most likely read more but I'll have to up my anti-depressant dosage first. View all 21 comments. Apr 29, Jason Koivu rated it really liked it Shelves: biography , humor.
Those of us in the front row received the full facial and were covered David the Elf's funk. I've still got Sedaris stank all over me and I'm loving it! While Holiday took a step back from unadulterated intimacy, Naked and Barrel Fever begins the unveiling of David Sedaris' inner, most personal life. It has all the markings of an early work, feeling like a skeletal version of Me Talk Pretty Sedaris does not delve so deeply, mining the depths of his own existence to locate the funny bone, as he does in later works.
His comedic flair has not yet fully caught fire. Even so, Naked presents some of the author's important first steps. Some are funny. Some are endearing. Some are tentative. Some are not pretty. All can be enjoyed by fans for what they are, a good beginning.
If I could, I would rate this 3. I'm feeling generous, so I've clicked the "4 stars" option. If you're a newcomer, you might want to start with Dress Your Family Apr 24, Jessaka rated it did not like it Shelves: humor. Get in this house right now David and put on your clothes, and if you say anything else that is foul mouthed out there on the streets or even in my house, I will wash your moth out with soap.
You think it is funny? Red Skelton once said that he saw so reason to use vulgar language in order to be funny. Never was. And who have you been hanging out with in order to be able to make fun of foul mouthed, low life people? And furthermore, what kind of business would allow your mouth in the room, some seeding cocktail lounge in the dangerous section of a city?
Geesh, I had to even turn off Trevor Noah for his nasty hand gestures, but then latter one she quit them. Someone must have told him that the hand gestures were not funny, so I watch him now. And if you want to be famous like Trevor Noah, be on a late night talk show, you had better clean up your mouth. Yes, put on some cothes. They go a long way to covering up flaws. View all 3 comments. Mar 30, Sh3lly GrumpyBookGrrrl. This is my second David Sedaris book and both were the audio versions. I really liked Calypso , which is his most recent. I wish this was longer!
It was the unabridged version, which was only 3 CDs! This author has a way of making tragedy and sad events humorous. Stories here include his earlier school years with OCD and his parents and teachers blowing it off. Thankfully, mental disorders are treated much better these days.
B This is my second David Sedaris book and both were the audio versions. But he would lick light switches, count the steps walking home, and make high-pitched voices. His actions were viewed back then as being quirky and something he would outgrow. The grossest thing by far in this was the part where view spoiler [someone was wiping poop on the family's towels! WTH lol Was it him? It is never specifically stated, I don't think? He also spends some time at a nudist colony. I enjoyed this! I definitely recommend the audio versions.
He reads his stories so damn well. Sep 04, Dana rated it it was amazing Shelves: , up-all-night , memoir , comedy , clever-characters , the-price-is-right , buy. Quality writing as I have come to expect from David Sedaris. Love his wit and dark humour. Can't wait to read another. I have started the habit of reading snippets of David Sedaris books in between book slumps and it has really helped!
Great boredom breaker. Jul 03, Tom rated it liked it. Maybe part of my problem with the book is that I first read the back cover, which told me two things that I didn't find to be true: 1.
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This book is side-splittingly hilarious 2. It turns the "mania for memoir on its proverbial ear. First, my sides are completely unsplit. I laughed a few times, found some things whimsical, and did find a few lines to be very funny. But a lot of the jokes f Maybe part of my problem with the book is that I first read the back cover, which told me two things that I didn't find to be true: 1.
But a lot of the jokes fell flat to me and sounded like watered-down Rick Reilly goofiness, and I don't get into Rick Reilly so much. It's pretty obvious even without the hype that one of the book's main goals is to make the reader laugh, but I guess I found the humor limited.
There's a lot of one-note humor maybe a little too smirky sometimes? Second, I don't see how this turns anything on its ear. I mean, the actual details of the plot are different from some memoir, but it covers some pretty well-traveled ground homosexual awakening at summer camp, dealing with mom's cancer, etc.
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And that's fine too. But I felt like a there's an unfulfilled promise which probably isn't Sedaris' fault, but still and b he could have wrung more out of the material than he did. All that said, I liked the book. It's just that there's not a lot of stuff here I think I'm going to remember for very long. I read it, I enjoyed it, and now it's done. View 1 comment.
Mar 25, Calista rated it really liked it Shelves: genre-comedy , bage-mature , award-various , , genre-memoir-biography , famous , lgbtq , z-david-sedaris. This was a good chuckle. The beginning with his neuroses was not all that funny, but then once he starts talking about his family - cracks me up. David took a trip to Greece with some good material. But the best part of the story is the nudist colony he goes too.
I lost my mind laughing. That tickled me. I do enjoy reading David and I need to read more of his books.
He is such a joy to see how he sees the world. The world through his eyes is so interesting and he never seems to run out of materia This was a good chuckle. The world through his eyes is so interesting and he never seems to run out of material. Feb 24, Jen rated it really liked it Shelves: need-to-review , psychadellic-memories. Let's start off with the cover. In hardback the shorts are adjustable, and if you pull them up over the title you will see an x-ray of legs. I assume, since Mr. Sedaris is so willing to sacrifice himself at the altar of humor, that those thin white bones are his own.
Visiting a nudist trailer park in the name of research, really, the man is so selfless. Licking light switches, wiping his face on towels soiled with excrement Why this is funny I ca Let's start off with the cover. Why this is funny I can't explain. But it is. The wrongness is just so right. One story in the collection stands out to me because it has more than self-deprecating humor. It is the story that chronicles his sister's wedding and his mother's slow decline into death. I suspect many readers of Sedaris are bigger fans of his mother than he is, and I cannot deny that I am a part of that crowd.
The drinks, the caustic retorts, the ability to laugh at your child who can't walk into a room without caressing lampshades, the humane hospitality of welcoming a whore into your living room with Christmas cheer- the woman was the sinner's saint. Although some might argue with me, I can and will now provide proof that the woman didn't do so bad.
Yes, I am biased. Because of the late Ms. Sedaris, I can now with full confidence tell my children when they complain, "Just think of the material I'm giving you for your memoirs! Aug 11, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: modern. I can't get enough of this guy; his books are what I would imagine crack would be like, had I ever tried crack. Which I haven't. Seriously -- I just sit and read and laugh, read and laugh. He's just so damned candid about things. For example, the story of how he was sent to Greece for Greek-American summer camp as a teenager: "If my sister was anxious about our trip, she certainly didn't show it.
Prying my fingers off her wrist, she crossed the room and introduced herself to a girl who stood picki I can't get enough of this guy; his books are what I would imagine crack would be like, had I ever tried crack. Prying my fingers off her wrist, she crossed the room and introduced herself to a girl who stood picking salvageable butts out of the standing ashtray. This was a tough-looking Queens native named Stefani Heartattackus or Testicockules. I recall only that her last name had granted her a lifelong supply of resentment. I was used to having a semiprivate bathroom and could not bring myself to occupy one of the men's room stalls, fearful that someone might recognize my shoes or, even worse, not see my shoes at all and walk in on me.
Sitting down three times a day for a heavy Greek meal became an exercise akin to packing a musket. Jul 29, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing. I started reading this book at a particularly pathetic stage in my life. I'd just left grad school and was sharing a room in my parents' house with one of my sisters. One night, she started yelling at me because for several consecutive nights I'd stayed up late reading, giggling out loud in my bed. Luckily, whe I started reading this book at a particularly pathetic stage in my life. Luckily, when I was finished and she read the book, she was a little more understanding.
This had been my curse and would continue to be so. This was freaking delightful on audio! Sedaris narrates and his sister Amy pops in for the female speaking parts. Together, they are absolutely hilarious. I think I could listen to him tell personal stories all day long. I can't wait to continue rereading all of his books in this format. If you do not wish to accept these cookies or wish to accept only specific categories of cookies such asonly the social media cookies , please click on the "customise your cookies settings" button below.
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