To keep things fresh in the world of reading, my experience dictates that you cannot read the same kinds of things all the time. It’s well to read a book like TransAtlantic by Colum McCann, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, or even Dennis Lehane‘s World Gone By. All bring different experiences, narrative styles, and points about life and family to their individual work. It is precisely because they have different things to say that I found myself interested and reading them.
I leave it to you to determine if David Sedaris belongs listed with the likes of McCann, Angelou, or Lehane, or if any of these four belong together in a comparison. In the book Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002, you as the reader are introduced to a diary of personal observation, obscure and shocking tidbits of appalling human interactions of a cruel and unfeeling nature, gossip, an overwhelming desire to eat at International House of Pancakes, troubles with lasting employment, and ultimately the glue of his relationships with both his mother and father.
(David Sedaris wrote Theft By Finding)
Much of the sharing within this book, ultimately a collection of his own diary tied together and told chronologically, gives you a sense for Sedaris‘ humor. The observations are quirky and revealing about the author and the world he inhabits. The cultural exchanges he has with a particular teacher of the French language to non-native speakers strike me as a particularly inviting example of humor that is well executed. If you tend towards an open mind on the world with a comfort for exploring experiences away from home, then you will do well in reading Theft By Finding.
The book Theft By Finding is bill as the first of two books of the collected diaries of David Sedaris. My rating for Theft By Finding is 4-stars out-of 5. This ranks relatively high for the books I have read so far in 2018.
Matt – Sunday, July 15, 2018