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Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years (Adrian Mole #4)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  3,769 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Adrian Mole has at last reached physical maturity, but he can't help roaming the pages of his diary like an untamed adolescent. Finally given the heave-ho by Pandora, he seeks solace in the arms of Bianca, a qualified hydraulic engineer masquerading as a waitress. Between his dishwashing job and completing his epic novel, 'Lo! The Flat Hills of My Homeland', Adrian hopes t ...more
Hardcover, 182 pages
Published August 31st 1993 by Methuen Publishing Company (first published 1993)
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Yawar
People have said here that they were fascinated and repulsed by the character, and wanted to avoid being like him at all costs. Well guess what, there are people like Adrian Mole out there, and I'm one of them--so close in fact that this book stopped being funny when I realised as I read on that I am becoming exactly like him ... or he is becoming exactly like me. Well, at least until I got to the part where someone called the novel he is working on, Lo! The Flat Hills of My Homeland, a parody. ...more
Kimberly  O'Meara
I really read the book but this says audio. This is my favorite all time book. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Funny. A british nerds diary. what more can I say?
Sophie Elizabeth

As I mentioned in my review of the first novel in this series, I love these books. I absolutely adore them.

That aside, I warn anybody who has read the first three and is about to delve into this one - aside from its humor, this is where the series gets more grown up and a little more realistic in Adrian's tragedies. On reading bits of it again this weekend I actually found it saddening more than funny - but that shouldn't put anybody off because I've read it several times and it's a funny, funny
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Svetlana Jovanovic
I reluctantly took this book to my Greek vacation this year. Reluctantly because in Greece, I just like to enjoy Greece with all my senses, at all times.

Suffice it to say I read almost a fifth of the book at the airport. Not being able to put down a book is a good sign for me. I laughed out loud in public several times reading it. Adrian is such a pretentious git. He is a pioneer hipster.

Unfortunately, I skipped several books between The Secret Diary... and this one, which was a gift. I plan t
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Jana
Aug 01, 2015 Jana is currently reading it
The continued adventures of Adrian, who is now almost 24 years old. This time I found him on audible. But how will I underline all the funny bits to re-read and share with my fellow Adrian fans? (You know who you are!)

"I walked into her office with the self esteem of an anorexic aphid..."
Simon Taylor
Adrian Mole is back to his brilliant best in The Wilderness Years. The return to the original daily diary format is a welcome decision after a very experimental third instalment.

Following Adrian’s life in 1991-1992, the latest edition sees many changes in the life of our hero, aged 23 to 25. Picking up where the True Confessions left off, he is still in now-married Pandora’s box room. His parents have split and Bert Baxter, 100, continues to make demands of his time.

The decision to introduce a n
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Richard Barnes
Mole never fails to amuse, even when he is genuinely hitting the depths of depression. The Wilderness Years documents a transition in Mole's life.

He hits the rock bottom, homeless, jobless and loveless - his infatuation with Pandora is stamped out once and for all (by Pandora), his old nemesis Barry Kent has become everything that Mole dreams of and he finds himself sleeping on Bert the obnoxious OAP's couch.

Townsend brings us Mole's voice and inner anguish with her usual style and wit. Mole is
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Jennifer
It's been ages since I read the old Mole diaries but they still make me laugh out loud. Adrian is 23 and 3/4 , completely self absorbed, pretentious, annoying, and completely hysterical. Start with his first diary (13 and 3/4) and don't stop until you get to the prostrate years. Sue Townsend, where is our next installment??
Ria
At this point in the diaries Adrian is 24 and one day old. Pandora has finally tired of him so he fixates on her therapist friend Leonora Dewitt.
After Pandora throws him out and trying various means of avoiding it he ends up back at his parents for a while.
His parents have split up and his father is with the tyrannical Belinda Bellingham while his mother has taken up with one of her lodgers, Martin Muffett.
He eventually gives up lusting after Leonora and starts a relationship with Bianca who wor
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Saqib Khan
I came in contact with this character millions of years ago when I played the game Secret Diary of Adrian Mole on the ancient Commodore 64.

However, I never got to reading the book.

Over the years I've been hearing so much about this Mole guy which has spawned a complete series. I finally got hold of the fourth book in the series.

It is not humorous or hilarious in the same vein that I expected it to be. But it is one of those satirical pieces of literature that you just can't ignore.

You can't h
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Ben Baker
By the time Adrian Mole reached his mid twenties, I had myself finally hit 13 and three quarters and whilst I can't admit to the same level of emotional drama, heartbreak and glue-related accidents of A.A.Mole, I did find myself rooting for him like never before. This fast became my favourite of the books and on this Sue Townsend-inspired return through the collection, I still think it holds up nicely, albeit with slightly more yelling at the hero for his cluelessness. The end felt satisfying an ...more
Juwi
adrian mole seems to have delusions of grandeur but then he has seen a therapist and she says he's fine. hahaha.

so in this book he's 23-25 and he eats a lot of bananas and is so so so stupid i can't even. like bianca obv likes him but he's too dumb to see.

oh he's writing a novel and we get to read this masterpiece (hahahahahahahaha).

also his family is insane and there's so much drama.

he moves to london and is good at chopping vegetables!

he also grows a beard.

the ending is good though.

the
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Anna Janelle
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As always, I greatly enjoyed reading this installment of the Adrian Mole chronicles – maybe even more so than the previous books. Unfortunately, I seemed to have skipped the third in the series, Adrian Mole: Minor to Major, reading the piece of crap teaser/compilation of unreleased essays, The True Stories of Adrian Albert Mole, instead. The mistake was mine alone; however, because I already requested this novel through ILL, I decided to go ahead and work my way through the book tha
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Graceann
Adrian goes from ages 23 to 25 in this fourth entry in the series. From Leicester to Oxford to London to Greece, he's certainly taking some journeys.

There are times in the first two-thirds of the book that I find it hard to believe a person could be so obtuse. When I was that age, young men assumed that if you looked in their direction, you wanted nothing less than to have their babies; there's a girl here who does everything but jump him and he doesn't get it.

The last third of the story is re
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Joanne
Apr 19, 2007 Joanne rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I don't really recommend it
In this book, I both identified wit the character, and loved to hate him. The book is written in first person, in the form of a diary and tells the story of Adrian Mole, a completely unsuccesful 24 year old, who is horribly analitic and thinks that he's awfully tallented while he is writing the worst novel in the world.
He is really scary and creepy, something about the way he views things and reacts to people is almost autistic and it crept me out. It gave the whole book a sort of macabric humou
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Tilly
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Michael Roy
Picked this up on Saturday morning whilst 'er indoors was still in bed and didn't put it down until I had polished it off. Long time since I'd done that. Read the first two books YEARS ago and only realised I also had the third book after I had finished this.

Mole continues being utterly clueless with women, anal beyond belief, utterly pretentious, with an incredibly inflated sense of his own intellectualism.

The scary thing (for me, that is) is that I increasingly recognise myself in Townsend's
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Beth Dale
I read it rather quickly and it was good if you wanted something short to read and not pay much attention to. Adrian rather got on my nerves rather quickly and I did find myself forcing myself to continue because I simply didn't care for the story nor the characters like I did with the books previously in the series.
GONZA
Adrian Mole stavolta non delude e con un tuffo nel 1991 (quando Bush padre vomitò sull'ambasciatore giapponese) torna a farmi ridere come un tempo. Archiviato il terzo libro che è penoso, questa quarta parte (su 8) del diario di uno dei più illusi scrittori wannabe del panorama letterario è notevole, non tanto per la sua storia, ma per quanto questa entri a fare parte del suo romanzo, ogni volta che qualcuno gli mette i bastoni tra le ruote, Adrian lo fa uccidere virtualmente dal suo alter-ego l ...more
Matti Karjalainen
Sue Townsendin kirjasarjan neljäs osa "Maailma murjoo, Hadrianus"(Otava, 1994) vie lukijansa 1990-luvun alkupuolelle, jolloin Adrian Mole on noin kahdenkymmenenviiden, ja joutuu jo kyseenalaistamaan voidaanko häntä enää "Ah! Kotiseutuni matalat vuoret!" -esikoisromaanin ilmestymisen jälkeen nimittää nuoreksi keskienglantilaiseksi kirjailijaksi. Mikäli teos nyt koskaan valmistuu.

Epäonnistuneet ihmissuhteet (mukaan luettuna nuoruudenrakkaus Pandora), surkea työpaikka ympäristöministeriön vesilisko
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Paul
A laugh-out-loud commentary of British politics from a young wannabe undergraduate point of view.
M
Poor Adrian Mole... In his teenage years, he was amusing and endearing. In his twenties, he is pretentious, annoying, pedantic, and the kind of guy you'd probably end up punching if you knew him. I'm not sure if I'm going to get on with him as he ages... He annoyed me so much in this book that I started hoping he would get mugged by someone, just to give him something genuine to moan about (and also so at least someone would get to punch him). I will stick with him and read on, but sadly he seem ...more
Leah
Meh. I read the first Mole book and really loved it. This one was annoying. Adrian is delusional about his looks, talent, and ability. His girlfriend takes off with his mom's boyfriend, then his grandma dies and we all feel even more sorry for him. Then he finds a new exotic girlfriend and goes off to Greece to try and be a writer, but we already know he sucks because of the boring book clips we've been forced to read.

At times, there was dry wit that made me smirk, the rest of the time, I just
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Caroline
I remember really enjoying the first two Adrian Mole books (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole) but the later books just didn't do it for me.

1 star - I didn't like it
Erica
I think this is the first time I've read an Adrian Mole book at a point where I'm the same age as the character. I read this originally aged about 12 and didn't particularly like it - now I'm a 20-something based in London with a string of bad jobs and bad relationships behind me I really got a lot more out of it. Great to see Adrian growing up a bit and becoming a little less gauche.

I still want to read the full manuscript of Lo! The Flat Hills of My Homeland.

- by Erykah, aged 25 3/4.
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Merja Pohjola
Aidy is my male counterpart... albeit with a lot of differences, but also a lot in common... I will not start explaining how, but he has lived with me so to speak and I am so sad there will not be more books due to the sad passing of Sue Townsend.... I still feel better after reading about Aidy, Townsend sure left a wonderful legacy. Must have read each book a couple of dozen times, and it was time to pick up one of the volumes again. Always five stars....
Kaz
Watching the Tuesday Book Club the other night, they were talking about their favourite comedy books and this just happens to be one of mine. Adrian is oblivious at how annoying and petty he is but his arrogance really makes me laugh and this particular book at least had a happy ending. From love lost to love found to love lost again and everyday situations satirised. I couldn't put this down! I read it in 2 days! Can't wait to read the next in the series!
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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,
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Other Books in the Series

Adrian Mole (8 books)
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4  (Adrian Mole, #1)
  • The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (Adrian Mole, #2)
  • True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole (Adrian Mole, #3)
  • Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (Adrian Mole, #5)
  • Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (Adrian Mole, #6)
  • The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999-2001 (Adrian Mole, #7)
  • Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years (Adrian Mole, #8)
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4  (Adrian Mole, #1) The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (Adrian Mole, #2) Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (Adrian Mole, #5) The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (Adrian Mole, #6)

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