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Dark, troubled man......,
This review is from: Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography (Paperback)
Since a young age I had known about Steve Jobs, from his diary, hiding in the bathroom in school during the late 70s, and ultimately his tragic death during a blazing row with Bill Gates. But until recently I had not read the diary. I had been read extracts from it but never picked it up and read it from beginning to end. If I try to think of reason behind why it took me so long, I fail to think of one.
I started reading on Tuesday and quickly found myself in a state of being half surprised. Growing up, though knowing it was non-fiction, and had actually happened, I only ever really read fictional books so a part of me imagined reading the Diary would just feel like reading a rather realistic fiction. What took me (oddly) by surprise is how aware I was of the fact that it is a Diary. It wasn't at all like the `realistic fiction' I imagined when I was younger. This I discovered quickly, and thus made me hang on every word.
Another thing I noticed early on was Steve's sense of humour, which I didn't expect. There were entries that not only made me smile, but if I was with someone, they'd notice I was somewhat amused, and I would then read them what I found funny.
"I was being discussed and they decided that I'm not completely stupid after all." - 21st September, 1999.
I'm aware of how odd, if not disrespectful, it may sound, laughing at the Diary, considering the situation he was in. But don't get me wrong, it wasn't laugh out loud funny. Steve wasn't telling a joke, he had a very subtle sense of humour that really wasn't obvious. You could see it was present though, in the way certain comments were worded.