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Naked by David Sedaris
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Sep 30, 2008

it was ok
Read in November, 2008

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) hadn't had an underlying "poor me" type of theme to it. The title 'Naked' is pretty honest. He wrote about a lot of different experiences in his life, and didn't seem to attempt to gloss them over or bend the truth in order to make himself look better. It seemed he went out of his way to portray himself as a self-preserving, self-centered type of person who has constantly been dealt a bad hand (and doesn't handle most situations well, crazy as some of them are). I give him credit for his honesty, but at the same time, this book didn't help me to like Sedaris as a person. His writing style has an easy flow, but the subject matter of this book came across to me as semi-depressing.
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Valerie Are you laughing your @ss off reading this? I did :)

Carolyn Yes I am! I had read 'Holidays on Ice' some years back and I think this book is better. I'm happy I finally decided to dust it off and read it.

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