Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction

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See this thread for information.Susan Lillian Sue Townsend is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Adrian Mole series of books Her writing tends to combine comedy with social commentary, though she has written purely dramatic works as well She suffered from diabetes for many years, as a result of which she was registered blind in 2001, and has woven this theme into her work.

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  • Hardcover
  • 503 pages
  • Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Sue Townsend
  • Finnish
  • 05 October 2019
  • 9789510345207

10 thoughts on “Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction

  1. says:

    This is the eighth book about Adrian Mole don t ask who started his literary life in 1982, at the age of thirteen and three quarters The series of books has kept pace with his age and it feels as though it is winding down The running joke about the inept Adrian is wearing a bit thin, and to put him in the idiotic situation of writing letters to the prime minister so that he can get a refund on his upcoming foreign holiday, seems too ludicrously contrived to be funny The book was written at the time when Tony Blair warned that Saddam Hussein s weapons of mass destruction could target the island of Cyprus in 45 minutes Perhaps you had to be there At this distance in time it all seems tiresome and irrelevant Perhaps it is the sort of flash in the pan book which is wryly amusing just for a few months, and then would disappear without trace unless it is part of a series I do not read books about party politics, nor reviews of them, nor usually comment But this has made me wonder if there are many such humorous books about Brexit, and what chance there is that any future readers will read them or even talk about the event in fifteen years time Kind of puts it all in perspective.I read very little of the book, so hesitate to rate it However, one star is my default for abandoned books It would very probably come out at less than one star if I forced myself to plough through the thing, so one star is what I must put Two stars on Goodreads is an OK rating, but there is no way in which this would be OK reading for me Apologies to those who get their humour from party politics, or depictions of feebly plodding, very English, middle aged, middle class men and the women who surround and bemuse them, or those who just love the series Please do not let my boredom put you off The series started on a high note, but for me it has now fizzled out I have just one book about Adrian Mole, but my hopes are not high.

  2. says:

    This is yet another laugh out loud Adrian Mole diary This time he begins the diary at the age of 34, but he is still the same earnest, pedantic, letter writing Adrian.He has moved away from his flaky parents home into a pricey loft apartment on Rat Wharf, not realizing that there s a reason for the rat appellation It could also have been called Aggressive Swan Wharf for that matter, but we ll get back to that later.Adrian is a great admirer of Tony Blair and a staunch believer in the existence of Saddam s weapons of mass destruction, and is thus a supporter of Britain going to war.He is a would be published writer but hasn t as yet achieved any success in that field he is working on a book to be entitled Celebrity and madness but neither has he yet persuaded any celebrity to allow him to interview him or her on that subject, not surprisingly, considering the title.Adrian is the arranger of a creative writing group that meets regularly though he does not wholly appreciate the literary efforts of the others One of the members is the elderly Gladys, who keeps writing soppy poems about cats, such as Poor Blackie s up in Heaven,God took her life away,He said, you ll go to Devon,And have a holiday Unfortunately, he has little success in persuading celebrities to visit the group and give a talk as far as I recall, Cherie Blair doesn t even deign to reply to his letter Thus, the group rapidly dwindles to only two.Adrian has two sons, Glenn, 17, who is in basic training in the army, and in danger of being sent off to war in Iraq, and a younger son, William, who now lives with his mother in Nigeria.Glenn writes frequent letters to Adrian, but unlike his verbally proficient father, Glenn is sadly lacking in basic grammar and spelling skills Adrian is still madly in love with his childhood sweetheart, Pandora, who is now a junior minister and a household name He somehow becomes involved with a woman called Marigold and then with her sister, Daisy, even though Marigold is insisting that he marry her There are numerous complications.He furnishes his loft apartment with stylish new furniture not to mention curtains for his glass lavatory, whose see through walls are extremely irritating for the prudish Adrian but he does so through the kind services of MasterCard and Barclaycard who insist on forcing him to accept thousands of pounds in credit and sending him blank cheques this, of course, leads to poor Adrian getting into a pretty pickle as far as his finances are concerned.It now only remains to mention the aggressive swans that inhabit the canal adjacent to Adrian s abode The leader of the pack, Gielgud, is particularly vicious and takes an instant dislike to Adrian The town council member to whom Adrian complains fails to understand the problem they won t help him get rid of the swans but will grant him help with conflict resolution work with his supposed neighbour, Mr Swan, whom they understand to be the source of the problem.There are many complications and convolutions in Adrian s story, including the problems of his parents who can t find out which romantic partners they wish to have, and those of his gay, blind friend, Nigel.The book is brilliantly written and uproarious and reminds us of what was going on in Britain and the world in 2002 and 2003 The main theme concerns, of course, Adrian s obsession with the weapons of mass destruction and the war in Iraq.

  3. says:

    I am deducting one star because the general politics of the book is a strangely British combination of do nothingism and liberal fetish But I am still a bit awestruck that Townsend wrote a book of this size with a humour that never, ever got tedious, even with the politics, on a beach in eastern Europe with 30 lesser books cycling through my brain It s possible I am the most demanding of all when it comes to humour, and I have such an absolutely begrudging, absolutely astonished admiration for this style of picaresque in diary form, that I am sharing my admiration for your potential pleasure, even if the politics once made me entirely skip this review.

  4. says:

    As a teenager I loved the Adrian Mole books, and even re reading the original two again recently I found them still a funny read, for nostalgia than anything I think.Moving on to Adrian as an adult, I didn t love the Cappuccino Years, but it was okay This however tested my patience Adrian as a teenager was amusing as an adult, down right irritating but it was Marigold that killed it for me I know she is meant to be an emotional vampire that you hate and that it the point of her character but knowing so many people like this in my past I just couldn t read any of it Adrian is such a pathetic woos too, he was actually getting somewhere in the last book, in this it s just regressing to childhood idiocy.269 pages in and I gave up and won t be following his journey through life any further because frankly Adrian, you are pathetic.

  5. says:

    fifth book in our series of readings from Adrian s diaries, written by Sue Townsend It starts in 2002 and covers the controversial period of the Iraq War.Adrian is 34, working in a bookshop in Leicester and about to become the proud owner of a trendy loft apartment His single status is about to change too, putting further strain on his already stretched finances As war looms, Adrian is unwavering in his support for Prime Minister Tony Blair and military action, even though his eldest son Glenn is facing deployment to the Gulf.Sue Townsend was born in Leicester in 1946 She left school at 15 and was a single parent with three young children by the age of 23 Like Adrian, she wrote in secret for many years, and acknowledged that they often shared the same views Adrian C est moi, she once said.First published in 1989, Adrian Mole s diaries were instant bestsellers and Adrian, the remarkably resilient underdog, quickly became a national treasure While recording the experiences of one individual and showcasing Sue s fearless and razor sharp wit, the diaries also illustrate how socio political matters of the time affected the lives of ordinary people.Copyright Siegfried Sassoon by kind permission of the Estate of George SassoonReader Harry McEntireAbridger Sara DaviesProducer Alexa MooreA Pier production for BBC Radio 4

  6. says:

    I feel like I ve grown up with Adrian Mole I ve been following his exploits since I was 13 years old, and as a character fixed in time, he s a year or two older than me.This book chronicles Adrian s life in 2003, age 34, with the backdrop of the war in Iraq He worries about his 17 year old son, who has joined the army and has been deployed to Kuwait, he struggles with a debt problem that s spiralling out of control, and still his love life is as disastrous as ever he s trying to extricate himself from the clutches of a needy, clingy young woman called Marigold, whilst fancying her free spirited sexy sister Daisy.Adrian Mole is a comic character, and it s his flaws and foibles that we laugh about But ultimately his heart is in the right place, and that s why we re fond of him In a way it s good that as Adrian grows older he growns no wiser, and he retains the ability to make us laugh And the fact that Adrian s life is always such a disaster is a source of some reassurance no matter how bad life gets, it s never as bad as Adrian Mole s.

  7. says:

    Quite simply the finest and funniest and most moving skewering of Blair s era and his grand folly.The shallowness of early 21st century Britain is exposed as even Mole, surely the most unfashionable man on Earth, gets caught up living a lifestyle, not a life as one character puts it His love life goes through one of its most tumultuous periods with one of his most appalling partners which is saying something.Townsend s skills hit their height here, where she deftly brings the laughs and then the tears together She hated the Tories, but it seems that her reaction to Blair and his war are harsher still this is precisely what a Labour Government shouldn t be doing, this is an act of appalling betrayal and Townsend aimed her pen right into the heart of it.

  8. says:

    Sue Townsend did it again with this poignant tale of a grown up Adrian, working in a seedy second hand bookshop in London I wonder if Adrian was secretly a bit autistic, as some of his behaviour, especially towards his girlfriend, Marigold,seems redolent of Don Tillman in The Rosie Project.I just read that Sue Townsend had gone blind from diabetes when she wrote this novel She dictated it to her husband also, she was working on a sixth Adrian Mole novel when she died, entitled Pandora s Box She was only 68, 3 year solder than I am now

  9. says:

    I did not realize there were several Adrian Mole books and while I did recognize a few references to earlier storylines that I of course did not have the background knowledge on while reading this book, I did not feel in any way lost because I had not started with the first book.I found this story entertaining and I enjoyed the diary entry format.With that said, I cannot see myself rushing out to locate the rest of the series This was a good one off light read.

  10. says:

    Adrian Mole is now 34 3 4 years old and as the story begins he has canceled his holiday in Cyprus because of Tony Blair s warnings that Saddam Hussein s weapons of mass destruction could target the island in 45 minutes Unfortunately, his travel agent won t refund his deposit until evidence of the WMDs is put forward Soooo, true to form, Adrian writes a series of letters to Mr Blair requesting that Mr Blair provide this proof to said travel agent.Although the war does bring a sad note to the story Adrian s son is called to action , this is still a humorous glimpse into the life of a mostly lovable but clueless character Despite the fact that he is now in his thirties, Adrian is still touchingly naive and surprisingly gauche The naivete still works for me but some of his blundering simply isn t as humorous as it was when he was a teenager That said, I still enjoyed the book I love the accounts of Gielgud the Swan and the related correspondence between Adrian and Trixie Meadows of the City Council I love the relationship between Adrian and his son, Glen I love the Robbie storyline even though it is heart wrenching I was annoyed by the relationship between Adrian and Marigold but c est la vie.Others reviews of Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction have been mixed as well There is much praise for Sue Townsend s flair for satire which is warranted There is some debate over Adrian s likeableness this time around, but I don t think there s any doubt that he comes across as a very real, human character.

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