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The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith
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Apr 18, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: british-literature, humor, victorian-fiction, gilbert-and-sullivan, authors-gh
Read in May, 2006 , read count: 1

I'd had this for a while and thought it would make good paired reading with Three Men on a Boat, as they're both considered classics of British humor of about the same era. George Grossmith is perhaps best known as a long-time star of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, performing the comic baritone roles (Ko-Ko, Major-General Stanley, Sir Joseph Porter) in Gilbert and Sullivan's operas; his brother Weedon was largely an artist.

Their hero, Charles Pooter, is an ordinary middle-class clerk in London, who decides to keep and publish a diary, on the grounds that "I have often seen reminiscences of people I have never even heard of, and I fail to see -- because I do not happen to be a 'Somebody' -- why my diary should not be interesting." It is interesting, as a very funny, sometimes almost painful depiction of his small, suburban lifestyle, and although it's impossible not to laugh at Pooter, it's also impossible not to like him.
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Manny Oddly enough, we were talking about Grossmith just yesterday, after seeing the rather fine Topsy-Turvy. He plays an important part in it...

Margaret I love that movie. I think it was fairly soon after seeing it for the first time that I actually made the connection that the D'Oyly Carte Grossmith was the same as the Diary of a Nobody Grossmith.

Janina Kudos for mentioning Three Men on a Boat. I love that book :)

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