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Adrian Mole and The Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend

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List Price: £7.99

 

Paperback: 480 Pages.

Published: 01 September 2005 by Penguin

Edition: New Ed

ISBN: 0141015888

EAN: 9780141015880

Adrian Mole is thirty-four and three quarters, almost officially middle-aged, when Mr. Blair asserts in Parliament that weapons of Mass Destruction can be deployed within forty-five minutes and can reach Cyprus. Now living in a minimalist loft apartment at Rat Wharf, overlooking the Grand Union Canal (an area optimistically tipped to become Leicester's equivalent to the left bank in Paris), Adrian finds solace in a literary life, working in an antiquarian bookshop owned by the saintly Mr. Carlton-Hayes.

But Adrian is worried. About the “pathetic slide towards gum disease, wheelchair ramps and death”; about whether or not he can get a refund on his holiday to Cyprus; about his engagement to flaky New Ager Marigold Flowers; and about his failure to find a celebrity speaker for his writing group's Christmas dinner.

Meanwhile, his baby-boomer parents, Pauline and George, are busy renovating two pigsties in the spirit of togetherness (one to live in, one to let), Pandora is storming up the career ladder in Parliament and Adrian's seventeen-year-old son, Glenn, is training at Deepcut Barracks.

Will Adrian find it in himself to break off his engagement to the tenacious Marigold and start a meaningful relationship with her voluptuous sister, Daisy? Would Mr. Blair have been quite so keen to liberate Iraq if his own son was in charge of a road block? And just how does a slightly balding, middle-aged bookseller muster sufficient forces to bring about regime change in his own life?

Reviews

1.0 Stars  by Bill Stilling

What is this book supposed to be about?

 I am sure that my review of this book will anger many other readers. 

I believe that it is intended to be a humorous book, but I cannot recall any page even generating a smile from me!   I suspect that this is due to what is known as the generation gap. I must confess to having started reading books more than 60 years ago, which should give a clue as to which side of the gap I am on. I found the “humour?” to be similar to that delivered by the modern generation of so-called stand-up comedians, to which I have a similar lack of response. 

 The style of writing I found to bear some similarity to “The Catcher in the Rye”, but at least the Catcher had a vaguely recognisable theme which progressed to an expose of the narrator by the end. To be very pompous I would also say that Adrian Mole's financial activities were a very bad example for members of the younger generation who might chance to read this book.

A Challenge!  I have given my views.  Let's have some other reviews, from the other side of the Gap!

 

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