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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason [Paperback]

by Helen Fielding
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Book Description

February 1, 2001 0140298479 978-0140298475 Reprint
With another devastatingly hilarious, ridiculous, unnervingly accurate take on modern womanhood, Bridget Jones is back. (v.g.)

Monday 27 January

"7:15 a.m. Hurrah! The wilderness years are over. For four weeks and five days now have been in functional relationship with adult male, thereby proving am not love pariah as recently feared."

Wednesday 5 March

"7:08 p.m. Am assured, receptive, responsive woman of substance. My sense of self comes not from other people but . . .from . . .myself? That can't be right."

Lurching from the cappuccino bars of Notting Hill to the blissed-out shores of Thailand, everyone's favorite Singleton Bridget Jones begins her search for The Truth in spite of pathetically unevolved men, insane dating theories, and Smug Married advice. She experiences a zeitgeist-esque Spiritual Epiphany somewhere between the pages of How to Find the Love You Want Without Seeking It (can self-help books really help self?), protective custody, and a lightly chilled Chardonnay.


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Fans of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary will recall that at the end of that sly and funny version of Pride and Prejudice, singleton heroine Bridget landed her Mr. Darcy at last--Mark Darcy, that is. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason picks up four weeks later, and already the honeymoon is over. In addition to discovering that the man of her dreams votes conservative, left-leaning Bridget is also feeling just a mite uncomfortable with the realities of sharing bed and board with another person:
V. complicated actually having man in house as cannot freely spend requisite amount of time in bathroom or turn into gas chamber as conscious of other person late for work, desperate for pee etc.; also disturbed by Mark folding up underpants at night, rendering it strangely embarrassing now simply to keep all own clothes in pile on floor.
But all of these problems pale to insignificance with the arrival on the scene of Rebecca, a beautiful, man-hunting arch-nemesis with "thighs like a baby giraffe" and absolutely no girlfriend code of ethics when it comes to poaching another woman's man. Before long, Rebecca's manipulations, Bridget's own insecurities, and a string of misunderstandings (starting with a naked Filipino boy in Mark Darcy's bed and ending with a suggestive valentine from Bridget's dry cleaner) result in "128 lbs. (good), alcohol units 0 (excellent), cigarettes 5 (a pleasant, healthy number), no. times driven past Mark Darcy's house 2 (v.g.), no. of times looked up Mark Darcy's name in phone book to prove still exists 18 (v.g.), 1471 calls 12 (better), no. of phone calls from Mark 0 (tragic).

Fortunately, Bridget has plenty of other problems to distract her. Her mother has returned from a trip to Kenya with a young Masai in tow--to her father's consternation; her best friends Jude, Shazzer, and Tom are all trapped in dating hell themselves; her apartment is in shambles thanks to a dotty carpenter; an unreliable ex-boyfriend has just reentered her life; and now someone is sending Bridget death threats--could it be Mark Darcy? If Bridget Jones's Diary was a modern riff on Pride and Prejudice, its sequel borrows several themes and devices (not to mention a section heading) from another Austen novel, Persuasion. And as in Austen's fiction, here the journey is the destination. A happy ending for Bridget and her pals is a foregone conclusion; how they get there, however, will have you on the edge of your chair--if you haven't already fallen off of it laughing. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

In this continuation of her diary, Bridget again recounts the ups and downs of the single life. During this period she has a somewhat steady boyfriend; however, the joys of having a man in her life are tempered by his seeming indifference to her at times. To her consternation she discovers that he is spending time with another woman. Besides the trials and tribulations of this relationship, Bridget must contend with confrontations with an obstinate boss, dealings with a weird contractor, working on her apartment, and the unpleasant experiences during the worst vacation of her life. Through it all Bridget is supported by her married and unmarried friends. Her comments, often overstated, are both harsh and humorous. Reader Tracie Bennett does an outstanding job with the characterizations of the variety of personalities, from Bridget's rather reserved boyfriend to her outspoken female acquaintances. This is a lively and entertaining work suitable for popular fiction collections.ACatherine Swenson, Norwich Univ. Lib., Northfield, VT
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140298479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140298475
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (506 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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106 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saturday, April 22 April 22, 2000
Format:Hardcover
130 lbs. (gaah!), alcohol units 7 (entranced by book, and therefore not accountable for actions), cigarettes 0 (hurrah!), calories 1500 (v.g.), no. of times found self mooning over Colin Firth 42 (tragic)
11 a.m. Traveling with Mum from New York to Virginia and in desperate need of entertainment. Must busy self. Idleness only leaves time to contemplate terrifying slide into obesity (Why? Why?). Search plastic bag quickly tearing itself into shreds for relief (blurry wimpy plastic), found Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and began to read. Refreshing change from self-help books, as actually might help.
Noon Stopped for gas. Laughing hysterically now (v.g. as laughing burns calories) and wondering at the comic genius of Helen Fie--Gaaaaah! Was Mum getting back into car. Would recommend to everyone (Reading book, not getting back into car).
3 p.m. Feel very comfortable with self after reading about Bridget Jones. Life can't possibly be as bad (v.g.). Not better or worse than the first, simply a well written continuation. Hurrah for Helen Fielding! Bridge's travel misadventures might be pushing it a little, but the further connection to Austen is bloody marvelous, this one paralelling Persuasion. The old Bridge is back!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Words of Hope from the British Ally McBeal February 28, 2000
Format:Hardcover
When handed the original Bridget Jones Diary by a friend a year or so ago, I found myself enjoying it but certainly not classifying it as Great Literature. It took a year or so of thinking back on it (when repeatedly finding myself in situations similar to those in the book), and the release of the sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, to make me realize just how cleverly drawn the characters are. A NYTimes book review last weekend noted that we can enjoy Bridget even though this book reveals that she is "not very bright", but I believe it's not dullness but fallibility that makes me, and apparently millions of other women, relate to her; Helen Fielding apparently striking the same chord as David Kelley did when he came up with Ally McBeal and friends. With Bridget, we get the added benefit of happy endings, which is always what one wants for a character one is relating to! This book is marvellous fun (and of course a terrific lift for all "Singletons" who have been recent victims of "emotional f--kwittage"), and felt like a fun-filled reunion with the characters who two years ago (I now realize)became life-long friends!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sequel That Delivers February 28, 2000
Format:Hardcover
Helen Fielding has done it again! With all of the brilliance and comic genius she displayed in Bridget Jones's Diary, this second book Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, is just as much of a wild ride as the first. It is true the character of Bridget speaks primarily to single women, but there is no doubt any reader could enjoy the silly escapades that result from this thirtysomething simply living her life and taking advice from her 'singleton' friends. Frequent references to current events and trends in England and America make this diary easy to believe as non-fiction, although of course it is not. Getting lost in it's spider-web of events is only half the fun - when nearing the end, you will want it to slow down, as to preserve your need for more. Another highlight in this volume is the character of her mother taking a back-burner role, and letting the real star shine along with her friends and boyfriends alike. Read this book, laugh out loud, and be challenged to find at least one way Bridget doesn't remind you of someone you know. Perhaps even yourself!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More, please... March 2, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Although am ashamedly Smug Married, manage to relate entirely to Bridget's neuroses and foibles to point of neglecting own children and husband in favour of hurriedly gulping down most entertaining read since last Bridget Jones book. Wonder if Ms. Fielding considering further additions to series, as cannot fathom going on without MORE BRIDGET! Disagree with previous reviewer that Thailand escapades were slow point in book, as thought were rather hilarious and cannot imagine non-Disney trip for self at this point in life. Highly,highly recommend for those who think laughing out loud while reading is high point in day and something that does not happen often enough! (Also wondering if will continue speaking and writing without pronouns and proper nouns as does Bridget.) Fantastic, fantastic and fun.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Evening Read February 29, 2000
Format:Hardcover
Bridget Jones : The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding is an easy evening read and a great source of side splitting humor and intrigue for any fan of Fielding's wit. While retaining her wit and great nack for story telling, she takes us to a historic London, exotic Thailand, the guilty pleasures of Heroine and the twisted accuracy of Pop Culture, clutching and fleeting with humanity and great characters.
I curled up once again with my favorite reading music (John McArthur's, "HIDDEN") and found myself willingly transported through the lives of Bridget, Jude and Shazzar. (And what extraordinary lives indeed.) Only to find that the story was over and I wanted to read more.
A must for any Helen Fielding fan!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the original May 5, 2001
By LMS
Format:Paperback
I saw the movie first and immediately wanted to read the books. I went to a store and picked up what I thought was "Bridget Jone's Diary" But when I looked closer, I saw it was actually the sequel "The Edge of Reason" I intially felt disappointed, but then figured I could read the orginal later (since I had already seen the movie and knew the basic storyline) Once I started "The Edge of Reason", I couldn't put it down. I found myself laughing all the way through. This book is a very easy, enjoyable read. I read it in a single sitting. I have also since read "Bridget Jone's Diary" which I also enjoyed very much. But I found that I liked the sequel even better than the orginal. Which is surprising, considering that only rarely are sequels as good as the orginal. If you liked "Bridget Jone's Diary" (and even if you didn't) I highly recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first....
I loved the first Bridget Jones, it was so funny, and I seem to recall liking the movie, too. However, this second book falls far short. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Heidi PDX booklover
2.0 out of 5 stars Far worse than the first
If you loved Bridget Jones diary and want more, ask yourself how badly you want to read more of her story. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Eric
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first, but still a fun read.
This book was a nice break from dystopian trilogy's and the non-fiction I had been reading. Would be a perfect beach read!
Published 11 days ago by N. Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Entertaining
I have personally given this book 5 stars because it was a hilarious, enjoyable read. If Helen Fielding set out to entertain her readers, she succeeded. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Love these books
I lost my original copies of the Bridget Jones book...I probably let someone borrow them. I needed to reread before i buy the new books.
Published 1 month ago by Sarah M. Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, funny and very sad!
So sad that Mark Darcy had to die :/ --- but the book is a super sequel to the first two in the series. Well written and hard to put down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by issy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too sure
I was intrigued by the interview on TV several weeks past and decided to purchase Helen Fielding's book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lodeb
3.0 out of 5 stars Keeping up with Bridget
Nice to keep up with Bridget and her life, although the third book is darker than the other two. Still witty and entertaining, but the emotional rollercoaster she finds herself... Read more
Published 2 months ago by sagitaur
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!
Utterly hilarious! Bridget Jones speaks me. I finished this overnight and am in search of more by the brilliant Helen Fielding!
Published 3 months ago by Sharfi Farhana
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Just as good as the original Bridget jones' diary. The third one is great too. There's a reason why they started the genre
Published 3 months ago by julia
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