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Naked Came the Stranger Paperback – June 10, 2004
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The book is indeed terrible. But I have to admit that I gave it a second read recently, this time knowing what it was, and I do have to give the authors credit. They did their job well. As others have pointed out, the plot nonexistent, the characters shallow, the sex is boring (actually, sort of funny on some level), the organization of the book is terrible and it was the type of book that you did not want to be seen reading. As I said, the authors did their job.
Now it is easy to set back now that we know the full story behind the writing of the book and knowingly nod our heads, but I can actually remember some pretty well know T.V. types that were quite impressed with the work and I can remember some book reviews that actually give it pretty good ratings. I do feel the book showed us something about ourselves, and that is a good thing, even if we don't particularly like what we see.
I have often felt we have been duped from time to time, not only in literature, but in art (Andy Warhol comes to mind), and suspect we will be again in the future.Read more ›
The Stranger can be read for fun and sexual titillation, if your literary instincts aren't so developed as to get in the way. It's intended as farce, not serious fiction. But the novel can also be read for what it tells us of the sexual hypocrisy of the 1960s and 70s -- and today. Originally slanted to illustrate how vulgar our popular American culture had become, in hindsight it may actually illustrate something deeper. The lingering anti-sensualism of western culture and religion have continued to cast a deep shadow of sexual repression over all of us, denying us the enjoyment of a major dimension of our humanity.
There was once a school of psychology which entertained the idea that the primary source of all neurosis (a term no longer used in professional practice) was not getting laid often enough or with any trained skill. Even if we aren't willing to go quite that far, it must surely be apparent that when our culture cannot embrace sexual desire and transcending ecstasy without labeling them "naughty", there is something profoundly wrong with the way we're [STILL] being brought up!
So read the Stranger and let yourself be pleasantly aroused between your groans over the writing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Literary lark sends up all those tawdry "sin in the suburbs"- type erotic novels that were popular in the 60s. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S Shepark
The introduction tells the story of how the book came to be... a deliberate attempt by a group of writers to produce shlock. What can I say? Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Seymour
Exactly what I thought it would be, based on the origin story I read. Lots of taboo (for the time) sex scenes and some good old-fashioned bigotry thrown in for fun!Published 6 months ago by Jonathan Wallace
The very first section of the book, copyright 2003, promises a lot that the book does not deliver. It possibly did deliver at the time when it was published in 1969, but today... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ron K
This is a delightful spoof. Anyone who has ever howled with laughter or winced in embarrassment at the pretentious and overwrought sexuality of Harold Robbins and his imitators... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mike G
This book is worth it's weight. If you are looking for a somewhat quick read now this is your chance.Published 24 months ago by sue d.
Captured me from the beginning and the end left me wanting more. I loved the main character then hated her then loved her, then just gave in to the love hate relationship. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Kitten
I've read quite a few books which have been poorly written before, but this is the first time that I've ever read a book which was INTENTIONALLY poorly written- Which is what... Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Scott Benowitz