- Title: Naked Came the Stranger
- Author: Penelope Ashe
- ISBN: 9781569802625
- Page: 143
- Format: Paperback
In 1969, a group of reporters at Long Island Newsday decided to have some fun They were appalled at the poor writing in the then current best sellers They decided to have a contest to see who could write on an even lower level of tawdriness.
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In 1969 a group of male journalists perpetrated one of literary history's lamest hoaxes: they wrote a smut book devoid of literary merit, to prove that readers are jackoffs. The book was a bestseller, partly due to the fact that they all announced the hoax pretty quickly.Legend* has it that head smutwriter Mike McGrady edited many chapters because they were too good, which explains why the book has a uniform tone despite its writing by committee, and also why that tone is so shitty. Each journal [...]
Yes, I know the book is a hoax perpetrated on the gullible public in the late 1960's by a group of New York newspaper reporters. In all honesty, the fact that it was written as a joke is the only reason I wanted to read it. I mean, if you want me to read your book, one of the (many) things you could do that will NOT catch my interest is to write, in total earnestness, a book all about a sexually frustrated suburbanite and her many affairs. But if you write such a book in order to make fun of the [...]
I remember finding a copy of "Valley of the Dolls" in my grandparents' house in 6th grade. The cover was a pretty pink and a valley of dolls sounded like a magical place I would want to visit (let's just say I was a late bloomer). I read it, was confused, and showed it to my mom saying "Mom, this isn't about dolls. And the book is really bad." They started paying closer attention to what I read after that.It also taught me about trash novels, or BM books - Big Money books. Ridiculous plots with [...]
We were allowed to check books out from the college library at the high school I went to, and this andThe Story of O were the ones that someone daring checked out and then passed around to everyone else. Sadly, it was not really that racy or even terribly interesting. Bummer.
Wonderfully silly hoax. I read it, perfectly aware it was a 'fake' book (each chapter written by a different author), and it was a romp. Plus it's short, and there's plenty of sex.Don't know how it would stick with you if you didn't know ahead of time it was fake.
This team of authors set out to purposely write dreck and they managed it.
I don't know where to begin, yes I read about why it was written, but wow it is unlike Atlanta Nights really really bad. And not in a fun way. Yet being what it is I can respect that.One can easily feel that it is written by journalists and not by actual writers. Hey, some journalist are also good fiction writers but many are not and this book shows that. It is tough an interesting book to own and have read. Its, boring, really boring, really factual boring flat written. So unlike Atlanta Nights [...]
There are missed opportunities for humor on every page, but that's the trouble with a parody intended to pass for the real thing. Once you grow accustomed to the wan social satire and the repetitive, modular structure, the book reads like a reasonably efficient attempt at what it purports to mock. In other words, it's possible to write a BM (Big Money) book simply by setting your sights on the target and taking the shot. Which raises the question of whether Jacqueline Susann, Harold Robbins, and [...]
After years of groaning and head-slapping my way through this century's most popular best-sellers, appalled at the ridiculously inept writing, Naked Came the Stranger was the perfect antidote to my literary distress. Written by 24 journalists, this parody of crappy writers was a bestseller in 1969 and went on to even greater success when their hoax was revealed. enpedia/wiki/Naked_C
Knowing that this book was essentially a parody of the "big money" books of the late 60s going into it, I didn't take it seriously. Which was a good thing. There's not much to say about itexcept that the way it flowed was a pleasant surprise since each chapter was written by a different author.
Um, can one give less than one star? What a waste of print and time. Simply put, I hated it! Had to read for not one, but two book clubs. Can’t wait to hear others’ reactions. Do not read this!
This wasn't a good book, but that's the point. It was a fun read and knowing about this being one of the best practical jokes ever made me enjoy being part of it.
Absolute filth. I couldn't put it down.
This was a ridiculous thing that I'm glad I read. Hilariously bad and engaging at the same time.
Not a great book. I think I only read it because I recently read an article about books that are hoaxes. I wouldn't call it a hoax, just mediocre writing.
The literary hoax is a somewhat problematic genre.As we all know, Naked Came the Stranger was never meant to be a good book. It came together as a project by a number of professional writers, who sought to write a by-the-numbers bestseller of their age, which apparently amounted to an unhappy housewife having a lot of adulterous sex and ruining everyone else's lives. Their motivation for this literary prostitution was to highlight and expose the perceived lack of taste of the reading public, in [...]
I had to read this book, predicting it would hilarious to read knowing what I know (about its entire concept and conception) and it was. If I hadn't known that the point of it was to be bad on purpose, I would have thought the terrible plot was satirical in a really clever way (Is there a difference?) Anyway, I think despite their best efforts, the writers managed to make some parts of the book clever and well written anyway. There were several instances of irony I found enjoyable. And by today' [...]
ok, so, writing reviews really ain't my thing--but, I figured I should explain why I rated this title so high, given that some may raise an eyebrowAfter hearing a very generic synopsis of the title on a favorite podcast <>, I thought it'd be worth looking into--I mean, a trashy novel that was essentially written for the purposes of establishing that any kind of smut can be a best-seller? Sounds like a challenge well worth taking, and a text well worth readingTo be honest, I had thought abo [...]
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 there is nothing remarkable except the basic premise that twenty four people would write 24 chapters of a book that would somehow appear with a coherent theme. Gilly is betrayed in her marriage and decides to get revenge on her husband. But the husband gets away pretty light. Instead, Gilly intentionally destroys the relat [...]
I'm giving this book three stars out of five, but in all fairness I should state that I am giving it three stars because three is the average of five and one. This book was that. It had many five star moments surrounded by one star writings. This should not be a surprise really. For those who know, Penelope Ashe is a pseudonym of many different writers who contributed a chapter a piece. To be fair to the one star chapters, they were trying to poke fun at the cheesy sex novels of the late 1960's. [...]
Before "Fifty Shades of Grey", there was "Naked Came the Stranger". They are both erotic books. The difference? Naked Came the Stranger was intended to be a joke. Several writers got together and decided to write a book poorly, include sex and some violence, and try to get it published. It was a hoax and a commentary on the sad state of fiction in the nineteen-sixties. Another difference? The writing in this book (although they intended it to be written poorly) is 1,000 times better than the wri [...]
Amusing, in an in-on-the-joke sort of way.The chapter about Joshua Turnbull (the rabbi) was absolutely ridiculous, though. If I didn't already know this was a literary hoax, I would think something was amiss after reading that. (The scene with the dog! How the chapter ends! No one could possibly take this at face value)Oddly enough, it disappointed on the trashy side of things. I was actually expecting it to be even more over-the-top with the sex scenes. (I can only imagine what the chapter abou [...]
Well, I think the authors succeeded in going to a lower level of tawdriness in this novel. I read this back in 1969 when it first came out and for a 19-year old, it seemed more than risque - very sexy and nasty! Rereading it now, it was just a series of sexual encounters that hammer you one after another. Not very original or sexy. And it is very dated - written during the heyday of hippies and falling out of society - especially the chapter about the homosexual and the attitudes of the time. An [...]
I actually wasn't able to finish this, which means the author(s) did the job properly. This book was written by a group of Newsday staff members, who were appalled at the state of the best-seller list in the late 1960s. The goal was to write the worst-possible, most lurid book, in an attempt to take advantage of the wretched state of American popular fiction. i found out about this book when the columnist who had the initial idea, Mike McGrady, died, and it was mentioned in his obituary. Ironica [...]
Okay, this is actually a two-three star book, but, if you remember that it is a parody, it is brilliant. Some godawful writing, but it was on purpose, so, it is okay. I listened to this in audiobook, and the narration actually enhanced the book, in my opinion. The narrator did an excellent job bringing the characters and humor to life. This was also made into an adult film in the 70's, which actually retained quite a bit of the humor of this book. It was one of those plot driven ones, so, it is [...]
For a book that was written to be bad intentionally, it's not quite up to par with the books it's mocking (Harold Robbins, Jacqueline Susann.) However, publishing standards today are such that Naked Came the Stranger is BETTER than many things I've read (particularly in the romance and horror genres) in the past decade. I have no shame.Some of the scenarios were LOL outrageous. Definitely worth a read as a period piece and novelty.
Not bad, for a bad book!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? They produced the oxymoronic marvel of good schlock. Read it with the intention of not taking it seriously, ignoring the vapid parody of suburbia, and with the willing suspension of disbelief of a book with no moral justice read it with that intention, and you may actually like the book.
Splendid trash. Emphasis on trash. I never read any of the books that this book parodied, so it's difficult for me to assess how successful the authors were in this send-up of the trashy novel. I can only say that, if the "real" novels in this genre are anything like this one, I'm glad I stayed away. Still fun to read, but to paraphrase a similar work, One is Definitely Enough.
From Flavorwire’s 40 Trashy Novels You Must Read Before You DieThis book is actually a hoax of sorts. Penned by a group of journalists frustrated with the success of the pulpy bestseller, the book has only the loosest of plots and is chock full of sex scenes of every kind imaginable. Naturally, it sold as well as the tricksters behind it thought it would
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