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Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (Adrian Mole #5)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  4,288 ratings  ·  115 reviews
End of Century Mole. An accidental celebrity, with a spreading bald patch, despairing of current family values, Mole is still worrying: Is Viagra cheating? Why won't BBC1 produce The White Van, his serial killer comedy? Will the Millennium Wheel EVER turn? Will Pandora Braithwaite MP become Blair's favourite babe? Will Pauline Mole throw caution to the winds with a pre-mil...more
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published 1999 by Michael Joseph
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Andrew Lasher
Before I picked up this book, I had no idea who Adrian Mole or Sue Townsend were. It just so happened that the novel was sitting on the bookshelf in my office one day and I decided to give it a go.

From page one I fell in love with Adrian Mole. Basically, he is a failure. He means well, he does everything he can to be a success, but it always backfires. His story is a true tragic comedy, which fortunately is light enough on the tragedy to keep us from feeling bad.

The best point about Adrian Mole...more
Brianne
Townsend is a comic genius who presents am unsparing vision of England in all its (fallen) glory, Chavs and Cocaine Socialists alike. Adrian is the post-modern anti-hero, our generation's Holden Caulfield, if Holden Caulfield had been funnier, more human, and even more readable. (I got through Catcher in the Rye on my eleventh birthday in one sitting. The Adrian Mole series is funnier, more original, and a far better satire of society.)

My laughing fits started in the introduction where Townsend...more
Leonie
Must say my opinion is completely different to the other reviewers! I read the teenage Adrian mole books as a teenager and enjoyed them. Now as an adult I decided to read the adult ones but read the teen ones again first I didn't find them half as amusing as I did as a teenager but I loved the wilderness and the cappuccino years. I find Adrian's distress at becoming a single parent to not one but two children hilarious. His continuous failure to become some kind of celebrity or hold down a stead...more
Anne
I first met Adrian Mole when I was in high school and I was introduced to the young adult novel, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4, soon thereafter followed by The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole. Adrian lives outside of London and fancies himself somewhat of an intellectual. Unfortunately, life doesn't always go so well for Adrian - his parents' marriage is always on the rocks, he has issues with his teachers (and all sorts of authority), and he never ever seems to get the girl. But, al...more
L.
OK, so I didn't finish this. I've read all the others in this series, and Adrian never fails to make me laugh, but he is such a frigging narcissist. Dunno--it doesn't play well at age 30. Then again, I know a few people who would make him look pretty other-centered!

We find him, in this book, working as a chef in an upscale trendy restaurant in London, in spite of not being able to cook. His young son is living with his parents in Leicestershire. He is hired to do a TV show on cooking, at which...more
Lynne
Re-reading in honour of the recent passing of Sue Townsend. Initial reading (when it was first published) proved a little disappointing, however, the passage of time seems to have highlighted the satirical elements (particularly of Blairite Britain). Adrian remains convinced of his intellectualism and his creative potential (horridly familiar!!) but has to tackle the fact that the entire world doesn't seem to appreciate him. The diary opens with Adrian apparently successful; he is head chef at s...more
Ben Baker
Why!? Why would she write another? Adrian was happy! He found love! Why would tear all that apart, Sue Townsend? Thats is pretty much my reaction to this book upon first reading it in 1999. I was eighteen with a suitably Pandora-esque girlfriend of my own and after years of not having to worry about Adrian Mole, here he was back again with a broken marriage and a child. The TV adaptation two years later made things even worse with a slightly off balance unpleasantness aimed at Mole, which didn't...more
M
Thirty or so pages into this, I thought Townsend had lost it. The writing felt more linear than Adrian's usual diary style, and there seem to be so much going on around him - too many characters that weren't as interesting or funny as Townsend thinks they are. But she pulls it around. By the middle of the book, Adrian is as pretentious and as annoying as ever. Just how we like him. And the depiction of 90s England is almost as good as Townsend's 80s.
Caitlin
I still re-read the earlier adrian mole books and they always make me laugh. This wasn't as entertaining - not as funny when an oblivious character is 30+ instead of a hapless teenager.
Pandora is still much the same - seems only natural she'd become a Labor MP now that I think of it.

Overall entertaining, but sadly no poems about spawning salmon or letters to the BBC.
Ute
"I expect that by tomorrow I will have embellished the story and given myself a heroic status I do not deserve, but all the same, on this night at this hour, I am pleased to record that i acquitted myself well."
Lindsay Nichols
Oh, Adrian Mole...just when you think life is going to work out, someone comes and pulls the rug right out from under you!
Karolina
I liked this one a lot more than the previous part.

Adrian, while still totally oblivious to so many things happening around him, seems more mature here than in any of the previous books. (view spoiler)...more
Nicola
I'm really not sure if the whingeing, woe-is-me formula works as well for a thirty year old man as it does for a thirteen year old boy. My future husband is the same age as Adrian in this book, so I do feel qualified to judge.

That said, I think this is the best diary since Moley came of age! He's cute and moving as a teenager, but such an annoying little bastard when he reaches eighteen then moves in with Pandora in True Confessions. Cappuccino years is just better all round. Pandora is still a...more
Andrew
Adrian Mole was one of my favourite books when I was a kid, and I have really enjoyed revisiting those books now, but I was not sure that I would actually like the ones that were about him as an adult. I did read this one over ten years ago when it first came out, but my memories were tainted somewhat by the dreadful TV adaptation of this story. I need not have worried, it was actually a very funny tale but, as is always the case with these, it was tinged with some sadness - in this book life se...more
Richard Barnes
Townsend takes Mole from the years of Tory rule and into the bold new world of Tony Blair.

Taking aim at the cult of celebrity while letting Mole stumble through unexpected parentage, the ongoing failure to marry (or anything else) with Pandora and his parents' marital saga - Townsend proves, once again, why she was one of Britain's foremost humour writers.
Elmeri
Luin itse asiassa suomenkielisen, mutta luulen että alkukieli ei olisi pelastanut vähääkään. Kökkö tarina, joka muistutti miten vähän kannattaa luottaa mainstream-hypeen. Kun on alle lukenut valtavan sarjan hyviä, tai vähintäänkin "ihan ok" -kirjoja pettymys on varmasti suurempi.

Henkilöhahmot olivat pinnallisia ja vastenmielisiä, tarina.. No, jos tuota nyt voi sellaiseksi kutsua, ei oikein vakuuttanut. Kaikesta huolimatta luin kirjan loppuun, köykäinen kun oli, halutessani epätoivon vimmalla ti...more
brandnewcycle
I decided I should read more contemporary fiction and found this on a friend's bookshelf. I wasn't looking for anything difficult and was told it was a quick easy read. Perhaps I should have started with earlier books in the series, I don't know. But I found this to be bane and not nearly as good as I needed it to be. I struggled to get into it (but had nothing to substitute it with, so I kept it on). I wouldn't re-read it, though in my non-failing optimism, I may try and get my hands on one of...more
Nandhini Kumanan
Witty! adrian manages to see fun in his chaotic life! or thats what dear diary sees ! Hiss love for glenn and william so subtly n beautifully potrayed.Makes u feel light !
Carissa
an interesting read. one of those books that i wonder how different it would be if i were reading it myself instead of having someone read it to me. it’s a diary-format book of a british guy who has lots of mostly bad things happen to him and who’s life seems inherently tragic anyway. this isn’t the first book in the series, but it’s the only one our library has on audio. so, maybe if i had begun reading them at the beginning i would care more deeply for adrian. as it was, i just kept getting ir...more
Julie Greenstreet
I love Adrian and reading about his passage through life - makes me laugh out loud
Redfox5
Acutally enjoyed this alot more the second time round, maybe becuase I'm older now? Poor old Adrian, his life is not turning out quiet how he expected. Bit depressing actually although his son William seems sweet. Glen, not so sweet but he might do better in life now he's finally learned to read. I don't remember Pandora being as much as a bitch as she is. I don't like how it finished, thought things were starting to turn around for Adrian. I really don't remember anything in the next book so am...more
Ana Ramos
Para matar saudades do diário do Adrian que li na adolescência. Notável a capacidade da autora de se adaptar ao crescimento e ao contexto da personagem.
Cathy
Hmmm... I loved Adrian Mole when he was a teenager, found him annoying in his twenties, and wasn't sure what I would think of him in his thirties. Now that I've finished the book, I'm still not sure.

I think this one is funnier than "The Lost Years," but nowhere close to the original diaries. There were some funny moments - for example, Bridget Jones makes a cameo - but the story dragged. The ending, which I won't spoil for you, didn't work for me - too abrupt.

I need a few days to process - the j...more
Mailis Viiand
I had real trouble categorizing this one,is it serious fiction, is it comedy fiction?... i gather its supposed to be a follow up to the Adrian Mole teenage escapades showing us what kind of man he became...was it supposed to be funny? really?, so did the cover reviews promise, but i found it to be more so, a story about meaningless and pathetic life...nothing remotely funny, maybe witty in places with quick observations of situations, but...nothing to laugh out loud about...
Jackie
Mixed feelings, some is sort of funny, most is kind of blah, but I liked this better than the last as in this he's got kids and I like how he interacts with them. If you like Adrian Mole this is a good one, if he annoys you I found him less annoying than usual here, but it's still Adrian Mole.

I found the character glossary at the beginning unnecessary and also think it kind of ruined the book as you had an idea of what/who was going to show up before they did.

GONZA
Crollo verticale delle prestazioni di Adrian Mole, perseguitato inultilmente dalla sfortuna, assolutamente impermeabile al sarcasmo, e doppiamente padre. Qui le avventure riprendono dopo che la sua ex-moglie lo ha lasciato con il duenne William, tra un lavoro al ristorante, uno show in televisione e l'onnipresente Pandora, Adrian comincia a sembrarmi un po' ripetitivo, ma siccome ad ogni brutto libro della serie, ne segue di solito uno migliore, avanti il prossimo!
Jacqueline
i was a bit disappointed with this book,i expected so much after reading the 13 and 3/4's diary when i was about the same age but this just wasnt as funny. It felt like nothing really happened as such for the whole book and then it was over,i did enjoy the fact that mole is so oblivious to the way his behaviour affects the people around him,and his selfcentredness is both hilarious and irritating, but it didnt really do it for me.
Lisa Weber
I listened to the audio CD version of this book. Difficult, since it was in bad shape form the library. Not a bad book, cute, late 90's British political black humor. I realized I had heard it before, and had a similar reaction. Not completely my cup of tea, I won't be desperate for mare Adrian Mole books, but by the end, i had come to respect and like Adrian Mole quite a bit (and that's saying something).
Peculiarblend
It took me over two months to complete the book but it thanks to my lovely partner - I didn't give up and made sure I read til the end. Post 250 pages I was in splits and now I think it's one of the hilarious book that I have ever read.

Thank you Adrian Mole and of course Sue Townsend — you are just what I ever wanted to read when I am feeling down and out of place in this world.

Lots of love xxx
Billy
I had this on audiobook, while I was commuting to Washington DC to work from my parents house; big audiobook kick then. Not as awesome as Steve Martin reading "The Pleasure of My Company", but comprable: balancing hilarity and pathos.

The new one, I finished, but I can't find the listing for the damned thing on here... O, I've got an advanced readers edition. La-de-dah.

I'm bragging
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Susan Lillian "Sue" Townsend was a British novelist, best known as the author of the Adrian Mole series of books. Her writing tends to combine comedy with social commentary, though she has written purely dramatic works as well. She has suffered from diabetes for many years,...more
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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4  (Adrian Mole, #1) The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (Adrian Mole, #2) The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (Adrian Mole, #6) Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years (Adrian Mole, #4)

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