It produced a reasonably good number of laughs. But if a hundred pages could have been excised from the book, that would have improved my opinion of it.
Fans of David Sedaris have had a big treat to enjoy this year : access to (many!) selected entries of his personal diaries, dating from when he first started documenting weird and quirky things observed during the day when he was a poor and drug addict art student in Chicago and Raleigh NC, to his raise to fame with his first published book 'Naked', to his experience with domesticating a common spider that was living in his kitchen by feeding it collected live bugs.
As usual, readers will marvel at the amount of grotesque persons he meets and events that happen around him; for instance, that time he met a vegan who seriously thought groceries would start selling human meat soon (that was in 1980).
As with all David Sedaris' books, it's preferable to choose the audio version vs. the printed/ebook, as he records them himself and he can best convey his stories with own peculiar voice that you'll find endearing.
Read this. Seriously.
If you're a fan of Sedaris's work, you'll absolutely love this. I so enjoyed reading his diaries and realizing where the seeds to his stories came from. It was like watching the bonus features on your favorite DVD.
I enjoyed the getting-to-know-David in this, his book of diary entries. His early days, how he viewed the world was enjoyable and allowed the reader to get to know the author in his formative years and his quirky view of the everyday. Glad to have read it.
It's better than every book review will tell you. If you enjoy Sedaris stories, this is all the meat and no fluffy side distractions. All the humor while opening up his most embarrassing moments, as well as the serious, backbreaking, bone crushing hard work it took to become Mr. easy-going David Sedaris. He made it look easy, but he is worthy of genuine respect.
And did I mention humorous? Just the right amount of self-deprecation and other-deprecation to make the world seem survivable and so very enjoyable. I feel like I can't dislike the less enjoyable aspects of my family when he has so much material to work with, and make it sound survivable and beyond that, heartwarming.
Definitely not the Sedaris book to start with but if you've read everything else he's written (as you should) this is a logical next place to go. A fun read to be consumed like junk food and reality tv: in small, digestible bites or as one big binge. Entertaining throughout and I learned exactly nothing from enjoying it.
Theft By Finding is not my new favourite David Sedaris book, and I don't think it's the right place to start if you're looking for your first Sedaris book. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of diary entries! Readers familiar with Sedaris' body of work will see inspiration for many of his future essays sprinkled throughout this volume, and you're sure to enjoy the progression of his writing style: somewhere around the mid-nineties, his trademark manner of storytelling begins to emerge. I was particularly delighted by Sedaris' early days with his long-time partner, Hugh, on whom he had an adorable, immediate crush.
It's fun to see where some of the inspiration for of his other books comes from through snippets from his diary entries in this book whether it's abusive neighbor Helen in New York or all the characters he observes being a regular at various I Hops in the cities where he lived.
I find his writing entertaining and laugh out loud funny but also touching and sometimes sad such as writing about the great relationship he has with him mom and then finding out she has lung cancer.
Funny (as you'd expect) but also shows the growth in both writing skill and confidence as Sedaris grows from a quite young and inexperienced man into the author he is today. Can't wait for book #2!
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