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Bittersweet, moving and funny.,
This review is from: Adrian Mole and The Weapons of Mass Destruction (Paperback)
This latest instalment in the Mole series is probably the most absorbing, touching and bittersweet of them all. There are a number of various themes running through the book including debt, trust in politicians, dealing with incompetent and bullying authorities, and aging parents. However, the main purpose of this book seems to be a vehicle for anti-Iraq war sentiments, which is where my only (and very mild) criticism arises. The arguments, made subtly and not so subtly, are obviously made with the benefit of hindsight. Adrian is made to look something of a fool for supporting the war, but he was certainly not in the (more vocal) minority at that time (2002/3).
As ever, there are some hilarious moments that make you laugh out loud, but a few more moments of despair and sadness. The unrealistic adventures of Pandora and Barry Kent thankfully take a back seat in this diary, but there are some new and strange characters for Adrian to deal with. And at 450+ pages, there is plenty to get your teeth into.