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Diary of an Oxygen Thief Review: No Middle Ground

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Diary of Oxygen Thief Review

Diary of an oxygen thief was self-published in 2006, by an author who remains anonymous. It is widely speculated to be an autobiography about an alcoholic man for whom emotionally tormenting the women he allegedly loved was his favorite fun pass time. He is just your regular guy who has a stable job and has averagely handsome looks. From the very first lines of the diary of an oxygen thief, the narrator describes how he takes pleasure in hurting women psychologically, not physically. Although there’s an instance in the book about him physically hurting one woman, he tells us that it is only a one-time thing. The narrator of the diary of an oxygen thief is an Irish man, who works as an advertising executive in London. 

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The narrator shows no remorse, no sympathy as he hurts those women. He feels entitled and privileged because he can easily get away by mentally tormenting as it, not a legal offense. He purposely decides to piss off men twice his size and gets into bar fights. 

Later in the book, the narrator of the diary of an oxygen thief tells us that he wants to get his life together. He starts distancing himself from women, he joins AA meetings to battle alcoholism, and he also makes an attempt to improve his career by taking up a job in Minnesota. Soon after he realizes that he stuck in a loop and he hates his job and Minnesota. During his desperate attempts at looking for a way out, he falls in love with a smart, beautiful, young, and ambitious woman.

She’s working as a photographer’s assistant living in New York. Karma will strike you when you least expect it. The narrator who is now obsessed with the girl, and she just toys with his emotion. The narrator follows her to New York and starts falling in love with her, but the girl is least bothered and treats him in a humiliating and cold manner. He’s nothing but a tragic muse to inspire her photographs. 

Diary of an oxygen thief ends with the narrator realizing how much his supposed lover hated him after taking him to a bar and staging a bar fight with her male friend to take some photographs.

Diary of an Oxygen Thief Book Review

The narcissistic, apathetic, cold, and deluded personality of the narrator is made abundantly clear from the start. He thinks the sun and the stars revolve around him, and that he’s the tragic hero of his story. He’s blinded by his narcissistic behavior and thus feels a great need to explain his behavior to the audience. The narrator is brutally honest and raw about his emotions and the things he did in the past.

The entire book is written in a way that will make you hate him in the first half and pity him in the next. ‘Hurt people, hurt people;’ the narrator looks back on all his past actions and tries to justify them to the audience. He paints himself as a tragic hero and victim of Karma who got him real good. His lady’s love interest at the end of the book was the real-life punishment for all of this crime towards the innocent women he hurt in the past. She hurt him exactly the way he did to women in the past. 

I believe you will either love or hate this controversial book depending upon how you look at it. There’s no middle ground. 

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We at TRB would love to see Sam Claflin play the male lead role, and Amanda Seyfried should play the female lead role for a movie adaptation of this book. Sam Claflin would knock us out with his ruggedly handsome looks and exceptional acting skills. Amanda can adapt to the feisty, ambitious, and girl next door role better than her counterparts.

The Final Verdict

This book is dark, heart-wrenching, and takes you through a roller coaster of emotions. According to my interpretation, the title of the book is a descriptive term for how the narrator, for many years, stole the oxygen out of the many women in the past. He suffocated them with insults, humiliation, and pain so much that they couldn’t breathe.

Overall it’s a good read, and I’d rate it 3.5/5.

What’s Next?

Read Chameleon in the Candy Store- next book in the diary of an oxygen thief series if you haven’t had enough of the narrator. 

However, if you want something new, why not check out the books that have been adapted into a series?

If you want something unapologetically real and to your face, Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck should be your next pick.


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