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Book Club Wed Jun 04 2008

Naked Discussion Questions

Below are some questions we'll use to discuss David Sedaris's Naked at our meeting next week. I can't wait to hear everyone's opinions on this unique form of memoir.

  • How would you describe Sedaris's style? How does it compare to other memoirs you've read?
  • Do you trust Sedaris as the narrator of his own story? Do you question the veracity of any of his stories?
  • How are the essays in the book linked together? Did they flow together well or did you feel they were distinct and separate?
  • Is Sedaris's portrayal of his family fair? Does it seem honest to you or do you think some of their characteristics were embellished?
  • How does Sedaris deal with his sexuality in these essays? Do you find it an important element or do you think it could have been omitted or toned down?
  • Do you find Sedaris as the narrator a sympathetic "character"?
  • Do you think Sedaris is trying to elicit a certain response from his readers? Has the book changed or enhanced your view of the author?
  • Sedaris uses a comic tone to deal with several sensitive topics. Does this tone take away from these issues?
 
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marge josten / June 7, 2008 4:09 PM

Hi, The discussion questions sound like something that would interest me; but I probably can't get out of a previous commitment for Monday.

Is it recommended that the people who are coming for the book discussion purchase the book at the Book Cellar?

Is there any parking in the area?

Thanks for your help, Marge

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