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Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
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Mar 18, 2010

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bookshelves: read-in-2010, humour, diaries
Read in March, 2010

Adrian Mole's nearly forty, and I've lost track of how many of his diaries have been published now. You probably remember him when he was thirteen and three quarters. I love the chronicle of a life that Sue Townsend has unfolded at intervals over the last twenty years, not quite up to the standard of John Updike's Rabbit Angstrom sequence, but a humorous barometer of the times and chronicle of failure.

That said, this is one of the weaker books to my mind - but maybe it's me who's changed; everyone else seems to like it. Adrian's marriage is disintegrating - though he isn't aware of it, playing the naive cuckold right up to the death knell - and he has some prostate trouble at age thirty nine, as he works in a secondhand bookshop and tries intermittently to write a play. There isn't enough driving the narrative and the diary format becomes limiting.
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