Friday, June 01, 2018

Book: David Sedaris' "Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)"

When I checked out my latest read from the library, I wasn't sure if I would like it or not.  I like David Sedaris' writing.  We went to see Sedaris live a few years ago (eight years ago?!?) and had an enjoyable evening.  "Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)" is exactly what it sounds like - excerpts of Sedaris' diary entries spanning twenty-six years.  Diary entries can be awesome or they can be boring.  Fortunately for me Sedaris' life, as documented in his diaries, is hilariously odd.

The book is organized one year per chapter.  Each chapter is broken up into dated entries that sometimes are connected and sometimes comes out of left field.  As you read the book you learn about this life and how his writing has progressed as his life moves along.  I was never bored with this book and often found myself shaking my head at what was happening to him.  The number of strange encounters with odd characters is amazing.

The only shortcoming for me was the entries covering the aftermath of September 2001.  I expected more during that chapter.  I suppose in times of great turmoil, writing in your diary, understandably, is not a priority. 

I enjoyed the book.  I gave it four stars out of five on Goodreads.  I took my time reading this book but enjoyed it every time I picked it up.

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