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The Diary of a Nobody (Wordsworth Classics) by George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith

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List Price: £2.50


Paperback: 176 Pages.

Published: 05 May 1994 by Wordsworth Editions

Edition: New edition

ISBN: 1853262013

EAN: 9781853262012

'Why should I not publish my diary? I have often seen reminiscences of people I have never even heard of, and I fail to see - because I do not happen to be a 'Somebody' - why my diary should not be interesting' Charles Pooter


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A classic

The nobody of the book's title is Mr Pooter who lives in a suburban villa with his wife and has a job as a clerk. Mr Pooter has small ambitions, a few friends, a wayward son and considerable pride. In his diary he shares the minor events of his life, his successes and his humiliations, with his readers.

This book has been a humourous classic for about a century. The things about which Mr Pooter writes may not be immediately familiar to us (adventures with a bootscraper, problems with tradesmen, etc.) but we have all experienced his feelings of pride, humiliation, anguish, delight, etc. at the small things which happen in our everyday life. It is easy to laugh at Mr Pooter for his pride and his obliviousness to what others must think of him but it is also easy to identify with him. The authors succeed beautifully in balancing the two.

In the end, we might laugh at Mr Pooter but we can also see his finer features. He has a fierce sense of loyalty and an overwhelming love and admiration for his wife which rescue him from being solely a figure of fun and make him more lifelike. This is a more complex book that it might immediately appear.

An enjoyable and amusing read.

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