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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 19 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 July 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ9IXE
The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999-2001 Audio Download – Unabridged
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My only real criticism is Sue Townsend's annoying trick of inserting herself into the story. This looks like she's trying to be 'clever' for its own sake but it really falls flat. It's pointless and only undermines the brilliant creation that is Adrian Mole. Otherwise, this book is well worth a few happy hours of your life. If you have enjoyed the previous volumes you will like this one, too.
What we have, therefore, missed. Infinite hypochondriac Adrian greeted the new millennium obsessed with potential illnesses, fruitless search for his part of cake and immersed in always interesting reflections on life. He entered into the thirties, occasionally employed, eternally dependent on his parents, the father of two sons conceived with different women and still fascinated by Pandora.
Apparently, the situation over the years has not changed too much. However, Adrian's glorious career as a writer is richer for two published cookbooks (which, as we will learn, he has not written). These two works are waiting for another three completely failed attempts of novels that sit in his desk drawer waiting for a rush of inspiration.
On the emotional level, Adrian continues to lose and, despite his undying love for Pandora, he is in an unstable relationship with the social worker Pamela Pigg, who like the entire world successfully revolves Adrian around her little finger. The only thing where he didn’t fail was rising of his distinctive sons.
The specificity of ' The Lost Diaries' as always, lies in the brilliant observation that the author is not afraid to criticize British society wherever she can, as well as her character which, despite many years of companionship and the occasional argument, she does not protect the least. Even in adulthood, Adrian world walk with a draft in his head, seemingly resistant to many failures, and at times completely unaware of them.Read more ›
If the column entries aren't supposed to be canonical, then releasing them as a book was a mistake, for whatever reason - certainly lodging them deep within the canon via inclusion of Adrian's introduction was an error of judgement. And at the end of the day, it's just not hugely funny - the jokes fall flat, the satirical touches are a little too obvious and it's a long way from vintage Townsend. As much as I hate to say it, I think 'Mole' fans should give this one a miss.
Townsend's writing still has the ability to make me howl with laughter and I devour the books in a single sitting like a guilty pleasure.
Here Adrian is living in a council estate with his two sons, Glen and William whilst attempting to find a woman who can satisfy him intellectually and not wear blue eye liner. His parents still continue to be an eternal source of shame and his fledgeling novels Sty and Larry Topper languish in the rejected pile.
Plus ca change, plus la meme chose, and thank goodness for that.
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Hilarious as with most of Sue's (as I like to call her) books. Worth every penny. Along with Tom Sharpe the funniest writers of all time and I should know as I've read nearly 4... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stewart Shandley
As expected, comical & a little sad, but thoroughly enjoyablePublished 20 months ago by Tracy Carter