Friday, July 28, 2017

Book Review - Theft By Finding by David Sedaris

Theft By Finding by David Sedaris is a treasure trove from his diaries 1977 – 2002.  This is book one.  I now eagerly await the release of 20023 to 2017.  Meanwhile I may go back and meander through this book again.  I’ve enjoyed Sedaris’s writing since The Santaland Diaries – his short story about his time as a Macy elf. It is freakin’ hysterical. The descriptions, the humor…I laughed out loud as I read that .  That was also his huge breakthrough. He read it out loud on NPR and got a huge response. Suddenly, everyone wanted his essays. He wrote about his wacky family, his upbringing in the South, his being a fish out of water, and just his droll wit on every day  occurrences is read-worthy.

Cover blurb: In his diaries, he’s recorded everything that has captured his attention – overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secret confided by strangers. These observations are source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences.

p. 242  September 25, 1990  Dad doesn’t pay attention when you talk to him, so Paul’s taken to throwing the term IRS into his sentences. Then it’s suddenly, “Hold on a second, what did you say?”

p. 255  February 5, 1991  Elaine called last night with a possible job. (work for a small press as a personal assistant)  I think it involves typing, which might be a problem.  We’ll see.

He’s quirky and unique. Theft by Finding offers a glimpse into an American humor author who’s gifted with a keen eye and a sharp pen. Sedaris also goes deep in regards to the death of his dear mother (quite a character herself and a huge influence on David), and also his troubled sister Tiffany. His writing is not all laughs. He addresses his addictions and obsessions too. These are diary entries and he does not edit out the bad and just keep the good. This is a peek into a life and you see his growth as an author with each entry. Oh, David Sedaris is different and you have to “get” his humor, but it’s worth the journey and laughs.



14 comments:

  1. Hi Joanne - sounds an interesting book .. and one we could utilise if we have diaries around - I don't write one ... but I do have a set of an aunt's diaries for 5 years about general life - weather, gardening and odd notes ... so this is interesting ... cheers Hilary

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  2. Good that is sounds more raw as he doesn't pull any punches and keeps it how it was.

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    1. I did not sense much self editing

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  3. I'll add it to my list. I've read other books by him - he's very entertaining.
    Ann

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    1. Not all fun and games, but unique writing

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  4. Very interesting Joanne. Thanks for a very detailed review.

    Yvonne.

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  5. I've read some of his other work. I'm sure this one is well worth reading. I'll have to watch for it. Thanks! Have a good weekend! :)

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    1. if you like his work, this is a good one to delve into. No need to read in one sitting. you can peruse. He opens up his life, that's for sure

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  6. I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but I've never read any of his work. I think it's about time for me to do something about that... (Thanks!)

    Have a super weekend... OK? (giggle)

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    1. Indeed a humorist should read another humorists work

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  7. The BBC runs frequent series featuring David Sedaris reading aloud to a live audience from his work. It's unmissable listening! If you don't get it then it may be available on BBC World Service, BBC Radio Four or Radio Four Extra online.
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    1. I have heard him read and saw him live. So genuine.

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