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Nine Kinds of Naked

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  528 ratings  ·  71 reviews
"Tony Vigorito has created that rarity... a novel of ideas that also happens to be entertaining... Like those maverick classics, Alice in Wonderland and Gargantua, Nine Kind of Naked is as fanciful and inventive in its form, its structure, as it is in its observations..." —Tom Robbins

"Linguistic gymnastics abound… Vigorito demonstrates once again that he's a wild stylist…
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 6th 2008 by Mariner Books
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Sandra Lazzell
The style of Vigorito's writing quite simply brings a smile to my face. Literally. I'm sitting here reading, fluctuating between wearing a goofy grin or a smirk :D ;-) His philosophical banter is endlessly amusing and hits its mark. Characters are real and quirky. (Aren't many of the most realistic characters quirky?) I love the plot revolving around synchronicity and showing seemingly random events through centuries -every moment of which is the only moment- coming together to effect one anothe ...more
This began as a kind of quirky, off-the-wall book (which I generally like) but about 3/4 of the way through it know how when some people are a little drunk or stoned they sometimes wax philosophical and may sound profound (if you're in a similar state), but in the light of day you only think it was b-o-r-i-n-g and long-winded? That's kind of the way I felt about the last quarter of this book--- long and talky, repetitious, without much happening story-wise--a dissatifying sec ...more
This book is the best book that I have ever read. Those that know me, know that I am given to speak in hyperbole. This time I really really mean it.
I feel enlightened after reading this book. Language is used beautifully, the story surrounds the spiritual awakening of the the world.
Jessie B.
This book was random to the point of being pointless and five or six chapters in I decided I didn't really care about any of the characters and didn't want to keep reading it.
Jordan Williamson

A satisfying heaping of philosophy, some human spirit, a dash of magic, a good portion of adventure, and a coating of humor make Nine Kinds of Naked a “feel good” book; the kind of book you take to a cafe on a snowy day, just for the nostalgia of snowy-day-book-reading.
Tony Vigorito has a talent for wefting and weaving multiple story lines into a quirky and quaint little quilt of reading pleasure. As many interweaving stories do, there is a bit of redundancy, but the whimsically wild and nakedl
An amazing piece of literature: delicious language, penetrating insight, a dynamic story -- everything you could want!
I really enjoyed this book. It was a wild irreverent ride, and in the end, it just felt good: a book that makes you smile, and we all need those. It made me want to pick up some Tom Robbins's books and reread them. The story here is timely, and the 'Walk away' catch phrase harkens back to Leary's 'turn on, tune in, drop out' slogan of the 60s, although the difference between now and then is that I can't really see this generation walking away from anything. Even the contemporary counterculture i ...more
Khitab Khan
More then half your waking hours spent droning over a mindless job, trying to keep a roof over your head and food in your belly, only 10 days out of 365 to spend "vacationing", rinse and repeat till you die. Doesn't make sense does it, neither to the author. Tony explores the absurdity of our society through his characters, be it the consumerism, organized religion, male hedonistic tilt of society or its violent nature.
The story itself intertwined through many threads over a couple of decades wa
The book was surreal and whimsical and philosophical and all sorts of adjectives making it hard to put down. Vigorito made me feel like I was dancing in and out of space time, and in and out of sanity. The philosophy wasn't too heavy and just seemed a lot like a conversation among inebriated friends (or a monologue you have with yourself after days of solitude). People comfortable at the thought of the unknown and the enormity of the universe should pick this up.
WTF! Written by an Austin author, I am sure it would read easier if I were stoned. Lots going on here about the nature of life and the universe.

Although nothing like Fight Club, it is about the same thing, giving up being controlled by Government Schools, mass media propaganda, out of control consumerism, and the eternal belief that you are in control of your life.

Lots of high folutin' vocabulary. "Cherry Shit"

I liked it.
I'm in the middle of the book right now, but it is sooooo amazing! This may be my new favorite book by my new favorite author. The philosophy and univerise view is so right on and though provoking. And the writing is complex and engaging - I'm reading it slowly in order to soak every word in. And as things happen the way they do, this book could not have come to me at a better time. I recommend it to everybody!
This is the second book by Vigorito. He is clearly worshipping at the teat of Tom Robbins and I was so hoping that he would find his own voice by his sophomore outing, but no can do. He tries so much of the literary cleverness that he has observed in Robbins, but without the substance. Reread Still Life with Woodpecker if you think you have a jonse for this book.
This book is truly inventive and very original. Wonderfully absurd and reminiscent of "A Confederacy of Dunces," and not just because part of it is set in New Orleans. It is somewhat crude, so not for those with delicate sesibilities or who are easily offended. Somewhat insulting to Christianity in general and Roman Catholicism in particular.
No synopsis I've read adequately covers this book, nor will I presume to do so here. It was a delightful melange of fantasy, mysticism, and exuberant self-help psychobabble. Plus it has the added bonus of nobody at work (after seeing the title) asking questions about it, and thus breaking the rhythm of the read.
Pete Camp
I'm glad the author thanked Tom Robbins in his acknowledgments because this felt like a complete rip off. Especially Jitterbug Perfume and Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas. Skip this one.
This book is so fascinating! A little bit of fantasy, a little bit of reality - you're tossed in so many directions, but find youself coming to the end desiring more! It is a whirlwind six-degrees-of-separation-butterfly-effect-cannot-put-down!
Paul V
I read a couple books by Tom Robbins. I highly recommend him instead. This book is just pretentious psychobabble. Felt like the author was trying to hard to be clever and funny.
Tep Mayo
Playful and brilliant wordplay. A surreal and poetic feast. Wise, HILARIOUS, and crazy. Vigorito breaks all the rules of literature. An intensely delicious read!
Ahhhhh... Tony is surely one of my all time favorite writers. If I didn't have screaming kids all around, I'd explain why. Just read it.
Melissa Spiga
After 100 pages, I still couldn't get into this one and moved onto the next book.
The book was ok- interesting story but too much philosphy meets fiction writing.
Different and interesting book. An absolute delight to read.
Jeremy DeBottis
Reading this book is like letting your brain dance.
Anna Fannoe
Beyond amazing book. Excellently written. Fabulous.
I got a lot out of this crazy book. It seems like the more whimsical books are speaking to me the most right now. "and he was awkward but he was smiling just the same and no longer was there loss as herky-jerky he danced, high stepping his feet as his arms flailed the fool but no one was judging and least of all he, for he became we and we are Spirits embodied and our bodies are but leotards for the soul and we are here to caress this Earth with the dance of our lives and there is nothing we can ...more
H R Koelling
Neal Pollack, Bill Fitzhugh and Christopher Moore, three of my favorite authors, praise this book on the covers of Tony Vigorito's second novel. He thanks these three authors in his Acknowledgments along with other masters of contemporary humorous fiction: Chris Genoa and Tom Robbins. Had he added Kinky Friedman, Carl Hiaasen and Garrison Keillor I would have felt bowled over by Tony's list of Muses.

Alas, despite some truly great starts and early chapters I felt this book fizzled toward the end.
I loved Vigorito's first book, Just a Couple of Days. 9 Kinds of Naked had a much weaker plot, way too much tedious discussion of the same ideas, and just wasn't very tightly edited. I enjoyed it; I learned some new things and was exposed to some ideas that have helped me make sense of the world. The characters were, for the most part, well-developed, entertaining, and likable. However, the discussions between Diablo and Billy Pronto were incredibly repetitive, circular, and, ultimately, boring. ...more
Tony Vigorito loves words in the same way that Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore love words. There is a distinct, similiar rythum that each of these authors employ.

There are a few places in the book that were laugh out loud funny. That's why I picked this one up. There was a chapter at the end of Just a few Days that I remember being hysterical.

The book was enjoyable, but I had to be careful about reading it. Vigorito is so wordy, that if I'm tired I tend to skim and, after a few pages, I have
Ken Deshaies
Stylistically, Vigorito could be another Tom Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues). He has no problem with bouncing through time and circumstance on seemingly whim. But, of course, it all gets tied together in the end. The characters are also larger than life and hell bent on finding out about what makes us all tick. Much of the story revolves around discussions of religion, philosophy and superstition, often equating each with the other. It's a fun read, though, and once you get the names, loca ...more
I love when books are delightful, joyous, and thought-provoking.
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