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4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  190,155 Ratings  ·  4,743 Reviews
Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the mania for 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. A tart-tongued mother does dead-on imitations of her young son's nervous ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published 1998 by Back Bay Books (first published March 1997)
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Joeji
Dec 05, 2008 Joeji rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir, humor
On the inside of this book, David Sedaris signed it and wrote, "Joe, I am so happy you're alive."

He then proceeded to write in my girlfriend at the time's book, "You can do better."


Marty
Feb 06, 2008 Marty rated it did not like it
About a third of the way through David Sedaris's book, I wondered how I had not heard of this guy before. This guy was funny. No, not just funny, he was really funny. He didn't just make me laugh while reading his book, he made me cry I was laughing so hard. So why, why had I not heard of someone so side-splittingly funny? A couple chapters later, I understood why. A few more chapters after that and Naked went into a dive bomb. While there were some redeeming moments near the end, he never fully ...more
Jason Koivu
Jul 23, 2015 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, humor
Naked David arrived first, but it was Holiday David who made the NPR splash. 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... or Dress Your Family...,
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FeReSHte
Mar 10, 2015 FeReSHte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: دوستداران طنز
!!!! تموم شد؟ باور کنم؟ چه قدر طول کشید.. خدایا شکرت


این کتاب سداریس رو هم دوست داشتم. طی خوندنش همیشه یه لبخندی روی لب هام بود بعضی جاهاش هم که لبخندهای ملیح تبدیل به قهقهه می شدند. کتاب شامل 17 داستان از خاطرات نویسنده است که به زبان طنز مطرح شده و کاملن منطبق بر لایف استایل امریکاییه

تعداد زیادی از داستان ها به شغل هایی می پردازه که دیوید قبلن تجربه کرده.شغل هایی که مبهوتتون میکنه:کارگر چیدن سیب از درخت ، کارگر کارخانه ی بسته بندی سیب ، داوطلب کمک تو بیمارستان روانی ، نیروی کمکی خوابگاه دانشجوی
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Kim
Jun 29, 2008 Kim rated it really liked it
I'm being told that this is funny... but so far all I want to do is gather David Sedaris into my arms and rock him back and forth and tell him everything is okay.

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.O.G":

I didn't want to quit my job. Quitting involved a certain degree of respo
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Jen
Nov 14, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
Let's start off with the cover. Magnificence. 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. Genius.

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...and it doesn't stop there. Why this is funny I ca
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Tom
Jul 08, 2008 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. This book is side-splittingly hilarious
2. It turns the "mania for memoir on its proverbial ear."

Sure, maybe it's not fair to judge the book based on my preconceptions, but there's some merit to this I think.

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
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Farnoosh Farahbakht
داستان ها اونقدر صادقانه نوشته شده که وقتی کتاب رو می خونید کاملا احساس می کنید که یه دوست صمیمی داره با بیانی طنزآمیز از خاطراتش در مورد خانواده، دوستانش ،دوران دانشجویی و سفرهاش براتون تعریف می کنه.کتاب شامل 11 داستانه که ظاهرا در ترجمه چند داستان از نسخه اصلی به دلیل اشاره به تمایلات همجنسگرایانه "سداریس" حذف شده، شاید حذف این داستان ها به کیفیت کتاب لطمه زده باشه چون کتاب رو برای من که تجربه خوندن "بالاخره یک روز قشنگ حرف می زنم" رو از سداریس داشتم در سطح پایین تری قرار میده
کتابخانه گوگولی
اين دومين کتابيه که از سداريس با ترجمه پيمان خاکسار ميخونم و برعکس يکي دو نفر از دوستان به نظرم ترجمه خوبي هم داره ،البته هنوز ترحمه هاي ديگه اي نديدم ولي بايد گفت اين کتاب و همچنبن کتاب قبلي رو نبايد با رمان يا مجموعه داستان کوتاه يکي دونست ،به نظر مياد اينها شبه خاطراتي هستند که ممکنه در زندگي همه ماها پيش بياد ولي هنر واقعي اينه که بتونيم همين اتفاقات به ظاهر ساده را با زباني شيرين خوندني کنيم و سداريس تو اين زمينه واقعا به نظرم استاده،از اون کتابهايي ست که موقع خوندنش چندين بار با صداي بلند ...more
Julie
Aug 11, 2007 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
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Sara Bagheri
Jan 22, 2016 Sara Bagheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
طنز بود و واقعا هم بود. این که کتابی باعث شود در حین خواندنش لبخند به لب بیاوردی و حتی از آن هم بیشتر، خنده های بی صدا بکنی تا در مترو و مکانهای عمومی مزاحم بقیه نشوی برای من به معنی یک کتاب خوشایند و دلچسب است.
این طور که در نوشته های دیگران خواندم کتاب عنوان دیگری داشته و 6 تا از داستان هایش هم به دلیل پرداختن به موضوع همجنسگرایی ترجمه نشده اند. البته در سرشناسه کتاب نوشته که این کتاب ترجمه چند داستان از کتابهای مختلف نویسنده است. نمی دانم کدام روایت درست است، ترجمه داستان هایی از کتاب های مختل
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Faeze Taheri
مثه داستانای سلینجر یه جور ارتباط بین چند تا داستان کوتاه احساس میکردم، شایدم احساسم بیخود بود:))
کتاب رو با یک طنز بسیار خوب شروع کردم و انتظار ادامه همون رو تا انتها داشتم، اما خوب در داستانهای بعد طنزش تلطیف و جاهایی حتی محو شد .
مورد علاقههای من، طاعون تیک و سیارهی میمونها بودند. اولی واسه همون طنزش، دومی هم واسه حس ماجراجویی و غبطهای که بهم داد. اما در کل نثرش رو پسندیدم
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Maryam
Mar 07, 2015 Maryam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اولین بار با سداریس توی همشهری داستان آشناشدم .طنزی صمیمی که آدم رو با خودش همراه می برد .توی این مجموعه هم داستان اولش یعنی طاعون تیک همین طور بود تا بقیه ذاستانها بخصوص خود داستان مادربزرگت رو از این جاببر.پدر ومادر بامزه هم دارد بخصوص مادرش
somuchreading
Oct 20, 2015 somuchreading rated it liked it
Ας βγάλουμε κάτι από τη μέση: αγαπώ τον David Sedaris. Βρίσκω πραγματικά αστεία τα αστεία του και με πιάνει κάτι με τα όσα αυτοβιογραφικά διηγείται. Το Me Talk Pretty One Day μου άρεσε πολύ και το Holidays on Ice είναι ένα από τα καλύτερα Χριστουγεννιάτικα βιβλία που υπάρχουν*, κι εγώ αν ξέρω ένα πράγμα αυτό είναι τα Χριστουγεννιάτικα βιβλία.

*Μια από τις ιστορίες του Holidays on Ice, το SantaLand Diaries, κυκλοφορεί στα ελληνικά από τις εκδόσεις Μελάνι με τον τίτλο Ημερολόγια από τη χώρα των Χρι
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Elizabeth
Aug 02, 2007 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. I had a 1.5 hour commute each way to work and even though I had to go to bed at like 9 p.m. to have the energy to face the next day, Monica (said sister) always thought I was up too late. 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 ...more
Elham 8
Apr 14, 2015 Elham 8 rated it really liked it
سداریس رو با کتاب «بالاخره یه روزی قشنگ حرف می زنم» شناختم. کتابی که تو روزهای تلخی که می خوندمش، خنده های بلند برام به همراه داشت. براساس اون تجربه، انتظار بیشتری از این کتاب داشتم، اما خب، این کتاب به خودی خود کتاب خوبی بود . اگرچه شیرینی های کتاب قبل رو برام نداشت .
سداریس قصد طنز نوشتن نداره، دلقک بازی درنمیاره و حرفای مسخره نمی زنه. شخصیت اصلی کتاب، واقعا یه شخصیت طنزه. همینه و کاریش هم نمیشه کرد. این که تلاشی برای خنده دار بودن توی این کتابها نبود، برام از همه چیز دوست داشتنی تر و طبیعی تر
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Saeed tavakoli
خاطراتی است که به فرم داستان نوشته شده. خوشخوان و دوست داشتنی.
تو خوندن کل کتاب داشتم فکر میکردم نویسندههای کشورهای دیگه و یا شهرهای بزرگ کشور خودمون چقدر ممکنه زندگی ماجراجویی و اتفاق داشته تو زندگیشون.حرفی که امروز هم با دوستم پیش اومد؛ این که مثلا من اگه بخوام چیزی از زندگی خودم تعریف کنم تو یک صفحه خلاصه میشه.
با پیشفرض بدبینانهای کتاب رو خوندم. ولی الان ازش راضیام.
برخلاف چیزی که شنیدم، نوشتهها طنز نیست. فقط تشبیههایی که به کار برده بامزه است که کمی از زهر درونمایهی حرفاشو میگیره.
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Ahmad Sharabiani
داستانهای کوتاه: «طاعون تیک»، «گوشت کنسروی»، «مادربزرگت رو از اینجا ببر!»، «غول یکچشم»، «یک کارآگاه واقعی»، «دیکس هیل»، «حشره ی درام»، «دینا»، «سیاره ی میمونها»، «چهارضلعی ناقص» و «شب مردگان زنده». کتاب با ترجمه پیمان خاکسار در 152 صفحه از سوی نشر «زاوش» منتشر شده
طاعون تیک: داستان پسربچه ای ست که ذهن اش لحظه ای او را آرام نمیگذارد، کلیدی برای خاموش کردنش در دسترس او نیست. فرامینی همچون لیس زدن کلید چراغ های کلاس درس، فشاردادن دماغ به در یخچال و کاپوت ماشین، کوبیدن پاشنه کفش به پیشانی و ... از مت
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Richard
Feb 02, 2009 Richard rated it it was ok
Sometimes I finish a book that feels good despite some of the uncomfortable things I found among the pages. Naked is the opposite, for despite the humor and insight I wanted to rub many of the passages out of my memory. I can't, and I cannot recommend the book. It was an exercise of wading through too much waste for too little worth.

David Sedaris has a voice that is real, blemished and unapologetic. Whether 100% or 10% of the book is factual is not important; it's how he tells the stories that m
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John
Feb 16, 2008 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, essay, memoir
If I read The Da Vinci Code for all those people who prefaced their enjoyment of the book with "I don't read much," I finally read my first Sedaris book for all my smartass indie literary-type friends who stared aghast at me every time for the last five years I said I'd never read him.

"You mean you've read Eggers, but not Sedaris? I'll bet you like the Stones better than the Beatles too, dont you?"

"You think your family's bad, wait'll you read about his!"

"No, I don't like him because he's cool,
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Kevin
Sep 04, 2007 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This wonderfully amusing book took me by surprise. Each chapter is a short memoir of David Sedaris' childhood, filled with some unusual adventures, from hitch hiking with a paraplegic to having servants wax your change. Sedaris writes in a very humorous tone, basically turning some of his misfortunes into the readers entertainment. Come to think of it, it really wasn't the stories that made the book enjoyable. It was how Sedaris wrote them. A very unique, consistent style throughout the book, lo ...more
Negar
Jan 23, 2016 Negar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
اولش و آخرش از میانه های کتاب خیلی بهتر بود، حتی به چند تا داستان اون ته پنج میدم ولی بیشترشون سه و چهار بودن...
کلا سه و نیم.

+ من از افکار این طرف خیلی خوشم میاد =))بعدن که وقت داشتم چند جا رو نقل قول می کنم رو منظورم مشخص بشه :)
+ بالاخره یه روزی... رو بیشتر توصیه می کنم، ولی اینم بدک نبود
+ عایا کسی بقیه داستانا رو داره؟
Homa Sharifmousavi
نمیدونم چرا از اول نسبت به ترجمه ی کتاب خوشبین نبودم وقتی متن اصلی رو دیدم فهمیدم ترجمه خوبه اما یه مشکل خیلی بزرگ هست،کتاب اصلی داستان داره و ترجمه داستان!
نویسنده ی کتاب و خیلی از کسایی که کتاب رو خوندن اصرار دارن که داستانها خنده دارند اما من نه تنها طنز و خنده ای توی داستانها ندیدم بلکه بیشتر غم دیدم
چون ماهیت بعضی از داستانها برام ناراحت کننده بود ترجیح میدادم با لحن عادی نوشته میشدند،حس میکردم طنز و خنده به زور به داستانا تحمیل شده اما در کل دلنشین بود خوندن داستانهایی از خاطرات زندگی دیو
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Martha
Jan 03, 2014 Martha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
بطرز ابلهانه ای تصور می کردم با یک داستان طنز روبرو هستم... و خب وقتی سه شنبه غروب داستان رو تمام کردم تنها حسی که داشتم این بود که بزنم زیر گریه بلند وبلند وهای های گریه کنم!!!!!!چرا؟خب از خودم در اواسط داستان پرسیدم چی دارم می خونم و جوابش این بود داستان راجع به ادمیه که بطرز غیرقابل انکاری فرد معمولی محسوب میشه درمورد همه چی معملیه و بطرز مرگ اور و کشنده ای باور داره که اتفاقا یه نابغه است که باید کشف بشه و خواسته هاش اصلا با واقعیات و توان فکری و جسمیش منطبق نیست. مثل این که می خواد خواننده ...more
Katie
Jun 16, 2008 Katie rated it liked it
Naked is my first exposure to the humor of David Sedaris, and not only did I enjoy it, I will definitely read more by him. The comedic memoir is a collection of short stories from his childhood through his adulthood, including his experiences with OCD, the death of his mother, and coming out. I can't say that I can relate to his tales, but I experienced many laugh out loud moments. One of the more hilarious chapters chronicles the time he spent in a nudist colony. Underneath all of the silliness ...more
Raheleh pourazar
از جنبهی علمیاش آگاهی ندارم ولی به محض این که سیگاری شدم عادتهای عصبیام کم کم ناپدید شدند. شاید اتفاقی بود و شاید هم تیکهایم در برابر دشمنی که علی رغم مضراتش برای سلامتی، از نظر اجتماعی مقبولتر از جیغ کشیدن از ته حلق بودند عقبنشینی کردند. اگر سیگار نمیکشیدم شاید باید داروهایی مصرف میکردم که همان اندازه برایم خرج داشت ولی مرا از این تجهیزات محروم میکرد: فندکهایی که میتوانستم دمبهساعت بازوبستهشان کنم، زیرسیگاریهایی که بهانهای مشروع برای بلند شدن از روی صندلی دستم میدادند و سیگارهایی که باعث میشدند ...more
Carolyn
Nov 16, 2008 Carolyn rated it it was ok
I enjoyed this book more in the beginning than I did toward the end. At first it was entertaining to read about all of Sedaris's mishaps and "woe is me" type of moments, but that theme got too repetitive (for me) and eventually I just wasn't impressed anymore. It seemed like he was looking for sympathy while trying to put a humorous spin on pretty humbling and shitty moments in his life. There were parts that were truly funny, but I think it would have worked out better if every story (almost) h ...more
Jesse Keenan
Jan 17, 2008 Jesse Keenan rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to personally thank David Sedaris for this book but I don't think I was able to fully articulate what it meant to me at the time. This was in no small part due to the fact that I was standing before a personal hero of mine. Also I was drunk. I will attempt to write what I wish I could have expressed that night.

Naked played a significant role in one the fonder memories of my adult life. It was during Fiesta in Santa Barbara (Old Spanish Days), which if you live in SB and are
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Spider the Doof Warrior
I don't know how to feel about this book. Parts of it are funny, parts of it are deeply sad but he's insisting that it's funny. Like when he talks about having OCD. I feel so bad for him. It makes me think people in the past sucked. The poor kid has a disorder and needs help, but his father's slammed on the brakes and made him hurt himself and his mother made fun of him for this.
A lot of the humour is kind of cruel in this book. The best story was probably about David dealing with his mother dy
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Shilan
Apr 23, 2015 Shilan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب باحالی بود، بعضی جاهاش خیلیییی خنده دار بود، خوندنش تو کتاب خونه خیلی کار سختیه،اصلا توصیه نمی کنم! بهترین داستانش هم همون اولیشه، طاعون تیک.البته تازگی فهمیدم که در نهایت نامردی 7 داستان از این کتاب حذف شده به خاطر اشاراتی که به هم جنس گرا بودن نویسنده داشته. از داستان مربوط به مادربزرگش خوشم نیومد،خیلی با تمسخر راجع بهش حرف زده و کلا یونانی ها رو ترکونده. ولی در کل کتاب باحالیه،مخصوصا اگه بی حال و حوصله و غمگین باشین این کتاب تاثیر خوبی رو روحیتون میذاره.
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David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated American humorist and radio contributor.

Sedaris came to prominence in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "SantaLand Diaries." He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. Each of his four subsequent essay collections, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Fa
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