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Nude Men

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  318 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Rarely has a first novel generated so much excitement, here and abroad, as Amanda Filipacchi's utterly beguiling Nude Men. The story is told by Jeremy Acidophilus, "a man without many pleasures in life, a man whose few pleasures are small, but a man whose small pleasures are very important to him." Jeremy is twenty-nine, and his life is going nowhere. Until he meets a beau ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Viking Books (first published 1993)
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Cherise
Mar 09, 2009 Cherise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I am not quite sure what to say about this book, except I absolutely loved it.

Jeremy leads a pretty mundane life as a fact checker/filer at a local celebrity magazine. He has a messy apartment, a cat he converses with and a girlfriend he barely tolerates. His life takes an exciting turn when he is approached by a beautiful woman, Lady Henrietta, who asks if he would pose for her nude. He accepts.

He’s completely infatuated with the stunning artist and long after the painting is done, he continue
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Dominique
Feb 26, 2009 Dominique rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I despised this book. It represented everything I hate: humor over statutory rape (sexy sex scenes between an 11 year-old-girl and a 29 year-old-man?!), humor based on the coarseness of low self-esteem (people calling themselves maggots constantly), brain tumors, car accidents, knives, beating up parrots, killing fish... and all of this is supposed to be funny, witty, and avant-garde. Please. May the world be a place where we don't need to seek humor in the smells of rotting flesh and scenes of ...more
Linda Smolenski
May 22, 2011 Linda Smolenski rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hated
The worst book I have had the misfortune of reading. I felt sick after reading it. I am forever haunted by it. I wish I never touched this vile creation.
Betsy Robinson
Dec 16, 2015 Betsy Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The surrealistic adventures of protagonist Jeremy Acidophilis, a fact checker with a kind of Asperger's way of perceiving the world, feels like a twisted sex dream—the kind of dream where you know you're all the people: a child who is not remotely childlike but behaves and sounds like an oversexed woman; a man with good intentions who, although he is appalled by the child, does the worst thing a man can do; an overbearing, sexually inappropriate, omnipresent punishing mother, etc. This is the ki ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
3 1/2 stars... Initially read this years ago but decided to re-visit it. It is an uncomfortable subject (11 yr old seductress) on one hand, but on the other it carries us with it's strangeness. Filipacchi certainly plays with the reader, and is never predictable. Handling the untouchable subject using humor is what makes the novel clever. When Jeremy is approached to pose nude in the name of art by the beautiful Lady Henrietta, this 'unremarkable' man is seduced by her 11 year old daughter. To p ...more
Kerri
Jan 17, 2008 Kerri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Hmmm. Well its been a while since I've read a book in one day. I've never felt so guilty for laughing out loud for a book that deals with a 29 year old man being seduced by an 11 year old. This book was hysterical, up until this turn around point where it just gets depressing and even creepier. The main character has an amazing voice and view of the world. This is the story about Jeremy, who hates his job, his girlfriend, his messy apartment, and talks to his cat. One day at his new favorite cof ...more
Lauren
Apr 08, 2016 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my third Amanda Filipacchi book. The first, The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty, was one of my favorite books of last year. I couldn't finish Love Creeps. And this was fine, I finished it, but won't be passing my copy along to anyone. Her books are SO similar I'm wondering if this variety in reaction more has to do with ME. Are these books mirrors to me? Or whatever? You know.

None of the worlds Filipacchi writes seem real. The characters don't talk like real people. But I think they th
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Ludmilla
absürt olayla dolu bir kitap. güzel ressama çıplak poz vermeye razı olan kahramanımız kendini karmaşık durumlar içinde buluyor: ressamın erken gelişmiş kızının ona aşık olması, ne dans ne sihirbazlık içeren danslı sihirbazlık gösterisiyle üne kavuşan aşığı, oğlunun yanlışlarını yüzüne vurmak için adam kiralayıp senaryolar yazan annesi vs vs. bir solukta okunacak, çokça güldürecek bir kitap. tabii 11 yaşındaki kız ile ilişkisinin komik gösterilmeye çalışılsa da rahatsız edici olduğunu gizlemeyece ...more
Gaele
Aug 28, 2014 Gaele rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
3.5 stars

The first of this author’s books, and undoubtedly the most difficult in terms of premise and characters, this black comedy is certainly not for everyone, and seems to skewer Lolita with a disturbing May – December relationship that is only the starting point for characters that will either alienate or disturb readers.

An eleven year old girl sets out (and succeeds) in seducing a 29 year old post-grad writing student with low self-esteem and other issues that feed his need for validatio
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Nicole
Feb 05, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been sitting here, trying to think about what I want to say about this novel. I absolutely think it was worth reading. It's a funny, ridiculous, surreal, heartbreaking, and upsetting piece of literature.

It's worth noting (after reading some of the reviews here) that you can like the book and not condone or dismiss the sexual relationship between the 29 year old man and the eleven year old girl. It's a huge part of the story, and despite the fact that the girl is repeatedly described as woma
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Scott
Apr 21, 2016 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: keepers
This is one of the best books I've ever read. Terribly funny, disturbing, painful and haunting. The story centers around an incident that our culture find politically incorrect, but who cares!!! Just read this. It is amazing!
Therese Wiese
Oct 26, 2014 Therese Wiese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Interesting...a "magic" dancer, a painter of nude men, and her 11 year old daughter who is ready to get laid. Oh, and the man who sleeps.with them all.
Yara Hatem
Feb 11, 2016 Yara Hatem rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I think my book might have had a couple of chapters torn out of it or something, cause I just finished reading it and I understood absolutely nothing! I feel that I've missed something. But then again I was reading it on my kindle, so! There was so much going on and with a very fast pace that I just didn't have the time to register any thing.

I get why most readers label it as a controversial book and why it got lots of "Ewws" but that was not really my problem with the book. Okay a 30 old man ch
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Jenn Ballmann
Sep 06, 2014 Jenn Ballmann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was sent a copy of the book for review through Net Galley, as always, all opinions are my own.

I just can’t seem to get into Filipacchi’s writing style, this is the second book I’ve read recently that I wasn’t able to finish.
Jenny
Mar 12, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this book and have no idea if I really liked it. It's certainly an original story, just not sure I'd call it good. But, I also wouldn't call it bad.
Christopher Roberts
This novel savages so many sacred cows that it is bound to get on some people's nerves. Black comedy is always tricky, but Filipachi seemed determined to make it as tough on herself as possible by choosing the most difficult of subject matter. The plot also veers dangerously from one subject to the next, in a way that could have made it seem unfocused but ultimately added up to something satisfying. Though it has some rough patches (her two later novels are more polished overall) exhilarating is ...more
S.
Dec 24, 2012 S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dutchess
Filipacchi's little known book (only 18 reviews at present on goodreads, 25 Jan 2013) has some stylish and European sensibilities added to the 'May-December' romance concept, although the girl in question is barely prepubescent and the guy, rather than being a white-haired dignitary, is a unattractive thirty-something.

put through rigorous Columbia Univ. writing training, resulting in a hidden little work; not known to many, but liked by its fans.

4/5. certainly not unforgettable, but skillful in
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Shirma
Feb 14, 2011 Shirma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011, fiction
hhmmm.. Feel as though I've wasted my time. Yet, there is something very creative, imaginative about this book. It was like reading the ramblings of a mad man. It made me laugh. It made me angry. But mostly I felt frustrated, I wanted to be over with it. An eleven year old having sex with a twenty-nine year old, brain tumor and low self-esteem are all part of this bizarre story. Maybe I just haven't yet acquired a taste for this writer's work.
D
Jan 28, 2014 D rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Waardeloos
andrew
Jun 29, 2015 andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
what the ever-loving hellfire is this book supposed to be.
don't read this but maybe do? she certainly created something I can't get out of my head, but I want to get it out of my head and also I hate it and her.
first I clicked four stars but I'm switching it to two because of anger but now four again because a book made me FEEL but now two again because good lord.
Headley Mist
Boring, boring, boring.

All postmodern, child porn, brain tumor, killing things, MILFs, deep philiosophy, and more and somehow not a bit exciting.

Somehow you always feel not that some old truths are told but rather like the author is constantly trying to feed you with food somebody has eaten before, yuck.

That's a talent, truly a talent.
Heather
Jan 02, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
This book was a really good one. Although the perspective that Lady Henrietta has about sex and her daughter and the relationship with Jeremy really threw me off. It was different than what I thought i would be but still unlike any other book I have read. some of the things are really out there.
Andi
Sep 23, 2013 Andi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books from adolescence, specifically that pseudo-dark Lolita period that entails black and white photography, kohl-rimmed eyes, journal spewing, and Kerouac boys. I remember it corrupting my thoughts and igniting my own pen.
Kim Wallihan
The writing is really witty. However, I'm still trying to sort out the last 1/4 and am not quite sure what to make of it. The protagonist is a pretty unlikeable character, but the actual writing itself is quite funny and entertaining.
Wisteria
Ik las het in het Nederlands als MANNELIJK NAAKT.
Hilarisch en bizar boek, met een niet zo sympathiek hoofdpersoon, waarvan je toch wil weten hoe het afloopt. Bovendien goed geschreven.
Kris7ian
Jun 04, 2010 Kris7ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was well written, and quite compelling, but then - at the end - I had no idea what I really thought of it. It was good, just hard to have an opinion on.
Donald Fox
A strange and somewhat sad little tale with some disturbing undertones of children whose limits are not set by parents.
Aeli
Jun 26, 2007 Aeli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
hilarious and totally ridiculous. this author is a sexual deviant for sure!!! easy read and a very creative mind.
Paul
Aug 26, 2012 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Postmodern cleverness for the sake of postmodern cleverness. But at least the cleverness is, well, clever.
Choi
Jun 26, 2007 Choi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
funny and creative and weird. please read this and explain it to me. anyways, its ridiculous and awesome.
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Amanda Filipacchi is the author of three previous novels, Nude Men, Vapor, and, most recently, Love Creeps. Her writing has appeared in Best American Humor and elsewhere. She lives in New York.
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“I am a man without many pleasures in life, a man whose few pleasures are small, but a man whose small pleasures are very important to him. One of them is eating. One reading. Another reading while eating.” 11 likes
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