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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  216,539 ratings  ·  5,365 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
Jun 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
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 Reeder
Feb 06, 2008 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
Michael
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Sardonic and droll, the abridged audio of David Sedaris’s Naked offers a series of scattered autobiographical pieces. As in most of his work, the author is ironic and self-deprecating as he alternates between recounting childhood memories and recollecting his travels as an adult. Because the audio is abridged, though, all the mediocre pieces that typically embellish a Sedaris collection have been removed. Naked offers the perfect introduction to the author’s work for that reason, but those who d ...more
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Here’s a dramatic reenactment of me in the car going to hell Wal-Mart with the husband while simultaneously trying to describe my feelings about David Sedaris . . . .



Ever since I finally got brave enough to attempt audiobooks several months ago, I’ve methodically been revisiting Sedaris’ work. If you haven’t experienced his stuff before, I’m telling you audio is the way to go and Naked is David Sedaris at his best. From being a littl
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Naked, David Sedaris
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 ذهنش لحظه ای او را آرام نمیگذارد، کلیدی برای خاموش کردنش در دسترس او نیست. فرامینی همچون لیس زدن کلید چراغهای کلاس درس، فشاردادن دماغ به در یخچال و کاپوت ماشین، کوبیدن پاشنه ی کفش ب
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FeReSHte
Feb 19, 2015 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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Tara
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
David Sedaris is an adorable little sassmouth. His idiosyncratic brand of humor possesses many fine, laudable traits; it is by turns indecently irreverent, snotty, crude, painfully neurotic, silly, self-deprecating, and even downright morbid. Unfortunately, this collection of autobiographical essays just wasn’t as consistently funny and entertaining as his other books. The first half was genuinely hilarious, and reading it frequently led to uncontrollable giggling and explosions of loud, rambunc ...more
Kim
May 28, 2008 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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Jason Koivu
Apr 29, 2011 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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kian
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
«عقيده پدرم اين بود كه هيچ چيز به اندازه كار بعد از مدرسه شخصيت آدم را نميسازد. خودش با سورتمه، روزنامه ميفروخته و خواروبار تحويل مردم ميداده. حالا ببين عجب آدم موفقي شده! من و خواهر بزرگترم ليسا، نتيجه گرفتيم بايد از هر كاري كه شخصيت پدرمان را شكل داده تا حد امكان دوري كنيم! گفتيم: ممنون! ولي نميخواهيم!
براي اينكه آتش اشتياقمان را شعلهور كند، پول توجيبيمان را قطع كرد و در عرض چند هفته، من و ليسا مجبور به كار در كافه ترياها شديم...»

«سداريس» رو با اين كتاب شروع كردم و خيلي صميمي، شوخطبع و خودماني
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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
Dana
Quality writing as I have come to expect from David Sedaris. Love his wit and dark humour. Can't wait to read another. I have started the habit of reading snippets of David Sedaris books in between book slumps and it has really helped! Great boredom breaker.

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy

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Tom
Jul 03, 2008 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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Gypsy

این کتاب برا من یه نوستالژی بامزهای داره. آخرهاش بودم، توی اتوبوس از مسیر دانشگاه تا خونهمون. پاشدم که پیاده بشم، یه نفر گفت ببخشید عزیزم! برگشتم دیدم یه خانمیه، میانسالطور. گفت میتونم کتابتو ببینم؟ و خیلی از اسمش خوشش اومده بود. گفت ینی بچههای ما بزرگ شن ازینا مینویسن؟ گفتم نه این یه حالت مجموعه یادداشت داره. همهشون محوریت اینطوری ندارن. و زود پیاده شدم چون دیگه رسیده بودم.

مهشاد گفته بود تعجب کرده ملت چطور اومدن گفتن ما با این کتاب قهقهه زدیم. منم موافقم، منم هیچجاش قهقهه نزدم. آره یه جاهاییش ب
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Calista
This was a good chuckle. The beginning with his neuroses was not all that funny, but then once he starts talking about his family - cracks me up. David took a trip to Greece with some good material. But the best part of the story is the nudist colony he goes too. I lost my mind laughing. That tickled me.

I do enjoy reading David and I need to read more of his books. He is such a joy to see how he sees the world. The world through his eyes is so interesting and he never seems to run out of materia
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Jen
Feb 24, 2009 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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Julie
Aug 11, 2007 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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Elham 8
Apr 14, 2015 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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. . . _ _ _ . . .
Ομοφυλόφιλος, ελληνικής καταγωγής, με μητέρα που πέθανε. Που εκδίδει βιβλία για την ομοφυλοφιλία του, τον γκόμενο του, την αρρώστια της μάνας του, τον πατέρα του, την οικογένεια του.
Τουλάχιστον ξέρουμε από ποιον εμπνεύστηκε ο Κορτώ.
امیر
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
خیلی از شخصیت یایا خوشم اومد. کتاب خوبی بود کلی خندیدم.
کتابخانه ي ما
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
Elizabeth
Jul 29, 2007 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
Maryam
Apr 13, 2014 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
Ali Frz
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خوب بود
خیلی دلم میخواست یک ایرانی یک کتاب خوب این مدلی مینوشت
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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 ۱۷ داستان داره و ترجمه ۱۱ 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
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LW
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for sympathy you'll find it between shit and syphilis in the dictionary.


Ciclopi è
una raccolta di racconti con una forte componente autobiografica, tra lavori bislacchi ,rapporti problematici, parenti squinternati ,anche se,
ovviamente, c'è un certo margine di invenzione nella ricostruzione dei ricordi d'infanzia ,con i tic e le manie compulsive, e negli aneddoti familiari
A parte Lisa noi non siamo gente che si abbraccia. Per quanto concerne il conforto emotivo, nessun contat
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fortuna.spinning
“I was a smart-ass, born and raised. This had been my curse and would continue to be so.”

I first read this in print 10 years ago or so. This was freaking delightful on audio! Sedaris narrates and his sister Amy pops in for the female speaking parts. Together, they are absolutely hilarious. I think I could listen to him tell personal stories all day long. I can't wait to continue rereading all of his books in this format.
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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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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Sara Bagheri
Jan 16, 2016 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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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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