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4.0 out of 5 stars Adrian Mole - Modern History, 11 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (Paperback)
I would agree that, at first, the style of this book deviates from Adrian's first diaries in that the entries are really long-winded (and less funny), but perhaps that's deliberate (and that Townsend is showing Adrian trying to be more of a "writer", which he is renownedly crap at). It also coincides with a time in Adrian's life when he seems to have more time to write lengthy nonsense. Later in the diary, when he's more busy with "real life" tasks, his entries become shorter and more personally reflective (and therefore, more funny).
What I think is brilliant about these books is remembering the era I grew up in. Adrian, as always, chronicles current events in his diary: such as Princess Diana's death and the new Blair government coming to power, and makes statements about these events, thus recording history in a way that portrays, more than most, how the "ordinary person" viewed those times. It then becomes more like a discourse of modern history - which I think is great. It's like having a (modern) 'memories museum' in book format. Fantastic!
The Sunday Telegraph says it best - Townsend 'has held a mirror up to the nation and made us happy to laugh at what we see in it'.
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