- File Size: 219 KB
- Print Length: 101 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 22, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0070YZ0ZE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,555,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Beach Diaries 2011 Kindle Edition
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At turns both hilarious and heartbreaking, we're given sketch after sketch, presented usually in no more than a few sentences, of all the truth and lies and pretense of people who don't know they're being documented. It's voyeuristic, but rendered beautifully with just enough compassion and self-awareness to not go too far or take too easy a shot. And either way, they are gone before you can feel they were too wounded by the scrutiny, save for a few who become part of elaborate narratives that exist only in the voyeur's head, the fantasy that makes the reality that much more grounded.
Part of that comes from the author's running internal monologue about his own state, as broken and twisted as the strangest of people he comments upon. Nobody escapes under the glare of the sun, not even the author's ego, hoisted again and again, in turns both sly and grossly self-loathing, petard. Without it, we'd have no frame to understand, but it's the key to unlocked this desperate attempt to connect through chronicle, to approach humanity like you would a dangerous species observed only under glass.