Year 12, Book 48

48. Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977 – 2002 by David Sedaris and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

I’m reviewing book number 48 as two books that I quit partway through. I figure adding the amount I read of each constitutes enough that I can call it a whole book. The David Sedaris book as the title suggests is a series of entries from his diary. I know my diary entries have certainly always been rambling thoughts that probably only mean anything to me and that even I probably don’t care that much to read again. I felt the same way about David Sedaris’. If you ever wondered if he actually works at all those humorous, autobiographical essays this book should assure you that he does.

I was very much looking forward to Roy’s new book. I loved reading The God of Small Things back in the 90s. This book that from what I read seemed to be somewhat about an Indian child born intersex, raised as a boy, but who decides she is a woman instead and winds up living with a bunch of trans people and adopting an abandoned girl. I gather there are other characters that weave throughout her life, but I never got that far. I found this book meandering and boring. I didn’t not hold my interest enough to devote several hundred more pages to it.

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