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Eating Naked: Stories Hardcover – May 11 2000


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books; First Edition edition (May 11 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805060227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805060225
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Format: Paperback
and boy was it a bargain. I found these stories to be mesmerizing and I barreled through them in just a few days. One of the other reviewers mentioned that the themes of these stories are similar, but I still was riveted by the characters, their unusual situations and what they chose to do in them. Highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
I'm a fan of the short story, and I'm always interested in finding new books of short story collections. Dobyns' title of this collection grabbed my attention immediately (Eating Naked), and hence, I had to buy it.
The first few stories I read in Stephen Dobyns', Eating Naked, I was really impressed. The stories flowed nicely, the characters were interesting, and the stories made you think.
Then, I realized, Dobyns has a fascination on marriages and/or relationships that are falling apart, cheating, and dreams of murdering a loved one (or used to be loved one). Having one or two or even three stories like this in a collection is fine, but having almost all of them repeating the same pattern, with just the characters and circumstances changing all the time, gets slightly tiring. I even had to check the author's bio to see if it said whether he was married or not because his characters seem so bitter about their marriages (possibly a reflection on his life?).
I was most impressed with the last story in the collection, mostly because it strayed a bit away from the theme of marriage as a wreckage in life, and centered on younger people. While the theme of ruined relationships was still there, it was tucked away a bit more than the others.
All in all, I did enjoy Dobyns as a writer, and would like to read some of his longer fiction. If you can get past all the stories being somewhat similar in nature, then Eating Naked is a great find.
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Format: Paperback
Stephen Dobyns has a wonderful talent for making light-hearted, almost comic narratives work in conveying a deeper message to his readers. Eating Naked is a wonderful collection of short stories that will never stop amazing you with thier simply written, yet highly intriguing, not to mention- very original- plots. It is not simply a book of stories, but a book on some very interesting modern day/pop culture philosphies. You won't regret reading it, it can really inspire. And it's good reading material for those long but not too long bus rides.
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Format: Hardcover
This collection of short stories tells the tale of otherwise normal human beings, explaining their lives in matter-of-fact and humorous voices. It is truly a delightful read. You'll want to explore the author more after fininshing.
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