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Diary of a Nobody (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – December 5, 1999
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Pooter's descriptions of the mundane, as well as the occasionally unusual, happenings of daily life are told in extraordinary detail, which brings a real vividness to some of the amusing predicaments our friend finds himself in. And he really is our friend by the end of the book. There is a certain air of pathos about this man that proves quite endearing. His Victorian prudery and sensibility provokes much laughter (reading this on the train to London, I had to put it down a couple of times to avoid drawing attention to myself), yet also provokes a certain affection for a character who is as tragic as he is admirable. That is, despite some of his more pathetic idionsyncracies, the warmth and genuineness of his character shine through.
He decides at the begining of the book that since it is so fashionable to publish one's diary he will try his hand at keeping one. The humour is more subtle than Bridget Jone's Diary or P.G. Wodehouse, but it is still there. Especially with Mr. Pooter's love of puns.
He takes us through about a year of everyday absurdities which are hard not to sympathise with, trying to impress the boss, trying to rub shoulders with the more important, etc.
Added to the fun of the story are the neat little illustrations that accompany each chapter and the plot summary that proceeds each chapter as well. Very fun overall, I'm surprised I hadn't heard of it before honestly.
I found myself laughing out loud several times at the jokes, as well as running physical comedy described in this book. The thing I found most poignant is the reason Mr. Pooter is writing this diary. It is meant that when he is gone, dies, his wife and son will have something of himself that will make them laugh and remember him well. Even though he threatens to stop writing the diary, he also finds that he cannot, that the diary has become a part of him and that at times it is were he can be most brutally honest, while hiding his feelings especially from his son, and at times his wife.
Enjoy this book, PLEASE. It is a little known classic, and if you do not mind my recommendation finish is and then read "Cold Comfort Farm" by Stella Gibbons. These should tickle your funny bone and give you a brief respite from your eveyday troubles.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tedious. Much preferred Three Men in a Boat for my Victorian humor.Published 2 months ago by Peter J Rukavina
So funny and touching. Good glimpse into life back in early 1900 England.Published 7 months ago by Carrie Smith
I swear I really do have a sense of humor. Just last week I laughed out loud while reading P.G. Wodehouse. Read morePublished 7 months ago by gammyraye
Amusing and dry. This is humor that many of us Americans would barely recognize as humor. Nonetheless I enjoyed it.Published 8 months ago by L. Bencze
Enjoyable slice of Victorian life. Reminded me of Seinfeld. Instead of a Show About Nothing it is a Diary About Nothing, compleat with goofy friends who drop by unannounced and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by steven d petarra
Let me first emphasize that the one star rating here has nothing to do with the literary merits of the work, and has only to do with the physical book itself. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Frogwhistle
very nostalgic. Reminds me of the television series, Keeping Up Appearances with Hyacinth Bucket, early 90's.Published 11 months ago by ez-reader