Friday, 24 June 2016

True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole by Sue Townsend (2/5)

First published: 1989
Page count: 163
The back says: Adrian Mole has grown up. At least that’s what it says on his passport. But living at home, clinging to his threadbare cuddly rabbit ‘Pinky’, working as a paper pusher for the DoE and pining for the love of his life Pandora has proved to him that adulthood isn’t quite what he hoped it would be. Still, intellectual poets can’t always have things their own way …

Included here are two other less well-known diarists: Sue Townsend and Margaret Hilda Roberts, a rather ambitious grocer’s daughter from Grantham.

I say: I don’t have much to say about this since I found it pretty lacklustre. Some of Adrian’s musings were a little bit humorous, but on the whole he’s a smug and boring person who thinks more of himself and his writing than there is.

Perhaps that’s his charm.

Why Sue Townsend and Margaret Hilda Roberts’ diaries were in there, I don’t even care to understand. They gave me nothing.

2/5 as the most redeeming factor was that it was short and required little effort other than rolling my eyes.

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