The seventh book of Mole's totally dysfunctional life and known as the 'lost' set of diaries is actually a series of newspaper columns, and covers his life in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire 1999-2001. Nothing in this pitiable man's life seems to get much better. He started off as a teenager in a downhill direction into the bottomless pit of unhappiness, and continued in that direction ever since with absolutely nothing brightening his horizons or enhancing his lifestyle.
He is a failed poet, failed cable television offal chef, failed husband, a failure at any sort of relationship (other than with his two children) whether it be with his parents, ex and current girlfriends or even his doctor who is convinced Mole is a troublesome hypochondriac, and he is unemployed. There is little good going in his life but still he blunders on getting himself into most absurd situations and predicaments partly spurred on, it seems by his overwhelming delusional obsession with his childhood 'lust' fantasy Pandora Braithwaite, whose mother has just married Moles father and her father has married Mole's mother! Pandora is a high flier in the political world and definitely does not reciprocate Mole's fixation and is dreadfully unpleasant to him.
Sue Townsend has made a tremendous and unique contribution to literary humour worldwide, particularly with her Adrian Mole Diaries which are very well constructed, interesting and very funny. She has the skill of the very best of comedy writers of interweaving into the storyline several diverse 'running' gags.
Whilst an enjoyable read, having read 4 of the previous Mole books, I suppose one becomes a accustomed to the gist of the plots used, characterisation, and the wit of the author, and so the 'wow' factor gets a little diluted. This of course must happen to regular readers and viewers of Harry Potter books and James Bond films, where prolonged series take away some of the edge of the earlier experience. This said, take nothing away from the fact that the pen of Sue Townsend writes some of the very best comedic masterpieces of these, or any other times.
Might there I wonder be a final book, in which happiness and personal fulfilment enter this wretched man's existence which allows him to live in harmony with his family, friends, and the rest of society for the last bit of his life? It would be the perfect and unexpected conclusion to this celebrated series of Sue Townsend books.
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