Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
HOMOSEXUALITY & CATHOLIC GUILT IN AMERICA
am 30. Juli 1999
I read Naked in one day and enjoyed the book. I did not think it was as funny as I had expected, however I did enjoy the transitions throughout the book seemingly giving a poingnant picture of his "life", I recommended it to my mother. Nevertheless I was left wondering about the Christianity aspect of Naked. Is Sedaris attempting to make a joke out of religion, or is he trying to redeem himself as a homosexual male that seems to possess some form of Cathoic guilt? He never lets the reader forget that he is gay and this is "unhealthy". This is further illustrated by Curly, the epitiome of American trailer park trash, and his extensive 'collection' in his mother's trailer. As I pawed through the many reviews of this book, I noticed two concepts frequently repeated; dysfunction and stress. Whenever I hear the word "stress" all I can think of America. I have made a conscious decision to cut this word out of my vocabulary because it is a mere invention. Where else can a person lazily describe every bit of daily minutia and annoyance in one word? In my opinion generalizations are "unhealthy", causing dullness- of- the- brain. Isn't it better to say 'my job is making me feel anxious', than 'I'm so stressed at work'? The same goes for "dysfunction", a disease that every American family seems to prescribe to. What makes Sedaris so special? Certainly not that he can laugh in the face of misery, don't we all do that anyways? Sedaris, however, has the patience to write it down and perhaps invent some new stuff to fill in the serious-adult-gaps. Overall this book was an enjoyable read, even though I had to eat an entire box of Altoids to remove the taste of cliche from my mouth.