By Sue Townsend
This 5th installment of Adrian Mole's diary (The mystery Diary of Adrian Mole elderly thirteen 3/4; Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years, etc.) breaks new flooring with its problem for present affairs and its sympathetic remedy of not-always-exemplary characters. Adrian, as ordinary, is being affected by a variety of relationships and with consistent monetary difficulties, consistently attempting to do the precise factor, yet frequently giving in to his baser urges, in love and in spending. He turns into by chance engaged to dollhouse-building homebody Marigold whereas spending flirtatious evenings with early life love Pandora; fires off missives to the likes of Tony Blair and Tim Henman; and works, surely, to be an outstanding father, pal and ex-husband to a solid of usually strange yet continually human characters. Townsend, writer of various non-Adrian novels, performs and nonfiction, makes Adrian's grownup disorientation palpable as he attempts to determine how he went from internet hosting a well-liked tv convey to operating in a failing second-hand bookstore, and copes with the surprise of seeing early life bullies make stable and formative years desires cross awry. Arguments concerning the conflict determine prominently: one in all Adrian's sons is distributed to Iraq; his ally, Robert, is there, too. Adrian's reactions to the battle are advanced, humorous and wrenching. by the point the diary breaks off (on Sunday, July 22, 2004), issues are having a look up for Adrian and a bridesmaid—and he's contemplating (to her consternation) writing an autobiography.
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Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend