IBG Tuesday Meetup - Diary of an Oxygen Thief by Anonymous

Hi All,

We had a great meetup last night when we discussed The Monk.

I thought i'd get this up so you can all get the book.

More wordy write up to follow....

Below is a synopsis from Wikipedia:

"Diary of an Oxygen Thief is a 2006 Dutch novel, written anonymously and published in Amsterdam by NLVI. Diary of an Oxygen Thief was called a "surprise dark-horse Williamsburg best seller" by New York Magazine, referring to the independent art, literature, and music scene in Brooklyn, New York.

Summary[edit]

Purporting to be an autobiography, Diary of an Oxygen Thief begins with the narrator, an Irish advertising executive living in London, describing the pleasure he used to receive from emotionally abusing women. After the narrator starts attending AA meetings, he sobers up, abstains from sex for several years, and looks back on his past relationships with a measure of remorse. After taking a job in the United States, the narrator is confronted externally by the absurdity of corporate America, culture shock, and the conflict of moving from the lower to upper-middle class. Internally he grapples with paranoia, addiction, and a legacy of pain. Later, he meets a young, aspiring photographer in New York and falls in love with her. The relationship rapidly goes south and culminates in her humiliating him in public, thereby giving him a taste of his own medicine. The titular Oxygen Thief refers to the low self-esteem of the narrator who, because of his sense of self-loathing, seems to go through life unworthy of the very air he breathes "

 

I'm looking forward to reading it :-)

Hannah :-)

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  • Janet J.

    What's the next book and when? Thanks Janet

    February 19

  • Hannah

    Thank you Renaud for coming along and joining our small but perfectly formed meetup. Please do come again soon :-)

    February 19

  • Renaud

    Very nice first meetup for me. Thanks Hannah for organising!

    1 · February 19

  • Janet J.

    Just been given a script to learn for tomorrow morning so I'd better not come tonight. Sorry. I was looking forward to discussing this book. Have a good one, Janet

    February 18

  • Sharona S

    The good news is, I just got handed a manuscript! The bad news is, it's due in a week so I can't come tonight. :( I miss you!!

    February 18

  • Hannah

    Hi all, I'm trying to confirm The Canonbury for tomorrow night. Please keep your eyes peeled for an update by 12pm :-)

    February 17

  • Hannah

    Hi All, I've moved the meetup again due to the tube strike. I hope you can all make it on the 18th.

    February 10

    • Sam D

      Hi Hannah

      Sorry but can't make 18th. Almost March! Presume that is still the plan even though strike called off.

      Sam

      February 11

  • Hannah

    Hi All, Just to let you know that if the tube strike is still on I will move this meetup to the 18th of Feb. I will find a venue closer to the time

    February 9

  • Hannah

    The book is available on Kindle. If you have a smart phone you can download the kindle app and do it that way.

    1 · February 3

  • Eleanor M.

    Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find this book, so won't be coming on Tuesday.
    Hopefully, see you for the next meeting in March.

    January 30

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