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The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith
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Apr 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 1305-read


May 16
I'm floored - positively flabbergasted - that I've never heard of this book until now. It took my looking for something to read from my list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.This is the hysterically funny account of Mr. Pooter, a typical, suburban, middle-class Englishman written in the late 1800s. And yet, it rarely read like a "classic" - it felt contemporary.

May 17
It reminded me a lot of a movie called The Money Pit with Tom Hanks in the beginning as Mr. Pooter shared his experiences and pitfalls with common home improvement projects. And, all throughout the book, I envisioned the narrator's voice as that of a stuffy, English person - making it that much more enjoyable. All throughout the book, Pooter attempts to be funny making puns, and while they are occasionally cute, the best part is Pooter's reaction to these puns, laughing outrageously at himself and thinking himself so clever. He's a riot!

It's a fairly quick read, and it's not heavy at all. Just the normal everyday life of a normal everyday man trying to get a leg up in this world. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a recommendation for one of the books on THE LIST.
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Reading Progress

April 12, 2012 – Shelved
May 16, 2012 – Started Reading
May 16, 2012 –
0.0% " I've read this is supposed to be hilarious."
May 17, 2012 –
20.0% "HOW is it that I've never heard of this book? It's on the 1001 list, and is a classic. HYSTERICAL! It doesn't even FEEL like an old book - I LOVE IT!"
May 17, 2012 – Shelved as: 1305-read
May 17, 2012 – Finished Reading

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Travelling Sunny oops. typo.

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