Diary Of An Oxygen Thief by Anonymous was very easy to become interested. Even the first sentence got you hooked. This book is written as if it is an actual diary entry, I’m almost certain it was at one point. Even the strange cover, and the fact it is an unknown writer makes it so mysterious and unpredictable. I had very high hopes towards the beginning and I am glad to explain how satisfied I am!
Diary Of An Oxygen Thief is about an alcoholic who used to enjoy emotionally abusing women. His philosophy through the whole book is “hurt people hurt people.” So, he would take the pain he felt from the booze, and passed it on to the women that fell in love with him. He felt that he could experience joy, from watching people close to him feel pain, especially if he is the cause for it. He continues to tell the readers all the instances of the girls he has broken. Example after example, He finally sobers up by frequently attending AA meetings, and staying away from women, both for five and a half years. He eventually meets his newest love, Aisling. Soon, she gives the narrator “a taste of his own medicine,” mentally abuses him, by breaking his heart. All during this, the narrator is in a bad state of mind, and uncomfortable living place, and a critical work position.
The main character, the author of the book starts out as a very unlikeable man. As I was first reading, the actions he took with women and alcohol made me judgmental and frustrated. I felt that if I were to meet him in person, I would not be his biggest fan, and judge him based on his past actions. However, as I kept reading, and realized what he did to stop his ways, he seemed like an overall better developed person and character. As I kept reading and understanding, I started to root for the villain all the way through! The way he explained his terrible actions in the beginning later made sense, because it led to the point of Aisling’s hypocrisy, and the author’s want for revenge. The revenge would be the book overall, to get his side of the story published before her. Aisling was described as a very kind, beautiful lady. As introduced, one would think she would be a perfect influence on a recovering alcoholic. I later found her cruel and gloating with superiority. The other characters, all the affected women were not a large part of the story, but all were described in their unique ways, and how they were differently hurt and reactant towards the narrator’s oxygen stealing.
The author’s writing is very unique. It has a mixture of deep literature, accompanied by snarky opinions, and at some points, it’s as if the reader and the writer are having a conversation. The author even said that he intended to make the book as if the reader was “invading” his diary privacy. Take this quote from page 53:
“I was in a lot of pain, you see. But it had been caused by an abstract blade. What I mean is, the pain was physical, the cause wasn’t. I suppose people would say I was suffering from a broken heart. Or you might say it’s just life.”
The deep, emotional part talks about the abstract blade, and physical pain. His opinion isn’t stated, but the reader can infer that he doesn’t know the cause of his hurting, he just knew the pain was there. The conversational text would be the words such as “you see,” and “you might say…”
Overall, I enjoyed Diary Of An Oxygen Thief, and would now consider it one of my favorite books. Personally, it wasn’t a book I couldn’t put down right that second, and blow through it in an hour. Although, it was good enough to read in a couple days, and I was happy with the outcome. It was a very honest and in a weird way, pure story, and I liked that he was in some ways “owning up” to past mistakes. However, I would recommend this book for older kids, probably 14 or 15 and up. It has graphic sexual scenes, and some mature-choice words. Worth it!