A Life Discarded

A Life Discarded

148 Diaries Found in the Trash

Book - 2016
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"An unorthodox investigative literary biography of a mysterious graphomaniac whose nearly 150 diaries are rescued from a dumpster by the author"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780374178185
Branch Call Number: 828.914 MAS
Characteristics: 258 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jun 19, 2018

Picked this up to read with a book group. Saw a video of the author being interviewed about the book. Liked the interview much more than the book itself. Found it difficult to enjoy reading the diary entries -- perhaps a portion of my disconnect is the British/American language barrier? Any which way, I found the book to be tedious except when the author would reveal a previously unknown detail about the writer of the diaries. Also his occasional philosophical comments on the diaries were quite pithy.

Jan 24, 2017

With immense dedication Masters diligently took us inside the life of a diarist after finding discarded notebooks in a dumpster. "Many of the books were rotting along...as if I caught them secretly returning to trees." The diarist was quite an oddity, writing but not reading or even understanding what she wrote. I was caught up with the search for the author and was wonderfully surprised at Masters discovery and what it revealed.


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