Welcome to the
hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked,
Sedaris’ message, alternately rendered in Fakespeare, Italian, Spanish, and pidgin
Greek, is the same: pay attention to me. He turns the current mania for
the memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his
life, his family, and his unique worldview, a sensibility at once
take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable.
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
personal essays 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.
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. Through it all is Sedaris’ unmistakable voice, without a
doubt one of the freshest in American writing.
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"Cynical humor that leaves you to think. The author is a genius in revealing some of the darkest secrets in lives that most of us are never willing to admit. If you are looking for a light read with nonstop laughter, this is the book to read. Highly recommend!!!
Cherry (4 out of 5 stars)