Naked was a mid-life crisis book. However, as an old soul in a young person’s body, I could relate to many of the same feelings of Annie, the main character.
Annie lives in a sea-side village in England where words like “wanker” and “fish and chips” are colloquial. She wastes 15 years with the same man, in a noncommittal, common-law marriage that ends with an anticlimactic conclusion when Duncan sleeps with another woman. However, Duncan is the old professor type that immediately begins to question his own actions.
Annie and Duncan do not resolve their differences; instead, they find a different sort of happiness in the unsteady life of single, middle-aged people who crave the excitement that they missed while sharing an uneventful life with another person. The story begins to pick up as Annie has a one-night stand relationship with Duncan’s musical icon – Tucker Crow. The novel ends on an ambiguous note from online commentators about Crow’s new album “So Where Was I?”
Old fans don’t enjoy his new style and new fans begin their own version of Duncan’s obsession. So what was the message?
Doing nothing will leave you with more regrets than doing something and regretting living a life worth regretting. Did that make sense? Now I must go do something worth regretting instead of writing this post ;)!