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Adrian Mole The Cappuccino Years

Still worrying Is Viagra cheating Why won't BBC1 produce The White Van his serial killer comed. OK so I didn t finish this I ve read all the others in this series and Adrian never fails to make me laugh but he is such a frigging narcissist Dunno it doesn t play well at age 30 Then again I know a few people who would make him look pretty other centered We find him in this book working as a chef in an upscale trendy restaurant in London in spite of not being able to cook His young son is living with his parents in Leicestershire He is hired to do a TV show on cooking at which point I tossed in the towel

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An accidental celebrity with a spreading bald patch despairing of current family values Mole is. Townsend is a comic genius who presents am unsparing vision of England in all its fallen glory Chavs and Cocaine Socialists alike Adrian is the post modern anti hero our generation s Holden Caulfield if Holden Caulfield had been funnier human and even readable I got through Catcher in the Rye on my eleventh birthday in one sitting The Adrian Mole series is funnier original and a far better satire of societyMy laughing fits started in the introduction where Townsend has a theatrical summary of the novel s many characters I started having to read certain entries aloud because I felt it was criminal to keep them to myself I was reading this just before Christmas sharing a bed with my adult sister who was somewhere between annoyed at my interruptions and amused with Townsend s lapidary black humor Which is a good summary of our relationship vacillating between annoyance and amusement I hadn t read any Townsend for at least fifteen years I d been trying to get my thirteen year old sister to read Adrian Mole but seeing that good bookstores are harder to find than truffles these days I was SOL until I came to the Frugal Muse in Madison WI where I nearly spent all my Christmas money This bookstore rocked and had everything I wanted and if you know me you know that s just this side of impossible In this novel Adrian is a chef at a somehow poncy Traditional English No Menu restaurant run by a let s run with it Cocaine Tory who hates virtually everyone Townsend satirizes the offal craze that hit London in the late 90 s early 2000 s led by Fergus Henderson and his St John Lovely place by the way I mean who else s clout could get a former vegetarian to try the bone marrow Adrian briefly stars in a cooking show Offally Good but is eclipsed by a better looking Asian Indian co star because even if we haven t read Adrian for many years the one thing he lacks for certain is star power That s why we read his diaries And star power is where the love of Adrian s life Pandora Braithwaite MP comes inWhere Pandora s competency and success foil Adrian s lack thereof it is in this book where Adrian shows himself to be selfless than in other periods though that s not exactly saying too much Townsend shows the humanity of the Mole family through their commitment to each other in light of betrayals divorce death the dole and separation At 30 Adrian is a father as he finds out of not just one but two boys one bi racial and one from the council estates whom he meets in the course of the novel Adrian s exploits in fatherhood are most explored in this novel in the next both of his boys are overseas That s all the synopsis I ll do This book is THE funniest book I have ever read and it s got trenchant social commentary as well from Britain s best living satirist

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Y Will the Millennium Wheel ever turn Will Pandora Braithwaite MP become Blair's favourite babe. It s like reading The Great Millennial Burnout except Adrian is not technically a millennial He s still the pretentious failure we love to love but he s now entered his 30s and his lackluster live is all too real and relatable He struggles with adulting job insecurity money problems housing costs a failed marriage parental responsibilities ageing parents who unfortunately insist on unapologetically enjoying their sex lives in a scandalous manner too being tantalized by possibilities of success yet still failing to make the grade etc etc I don t know about you but reading this made me ask several times Is this me and my friends It s satirical but a depressing read I didn t laugh so much at with Adrian in this one as I did with his teenage diaries Instead I sympathized Even though Adrian is annoying and seriously needs to do some emotional growing up I noted that like the rest of us normal folks he s simply overwhelmed by life And as much as he s a brilliant comic creation meant to reflect our internalized everyday bigotry he s also human and capable of caring for others even while he grumbles about it Adrian s best moment in this book to me was when he emotionally supported Rosie throughout her pregnancy crisis He even rented a Babygro doll for her they re faux babies meant to be used for sex education to help her make an informed decision despite having to dip into his savings for the cost he was jobless at the time For all his internal bitching diary entries about women and the evils of feminism he actually wants the women in his life to succeed That s very much like real life isn t it People we love are problematic and so is Adrian

  • Paperback
  • 390
  • Adrian Mole The Cappuccino Years
  • Sue Townsend
  • English
  • 13 April 2018
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About the Author: Sue Townsend

See this thread for informationSusan 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



10 thoughts on “Adrian Mole The Cappuccino Years

  1. says:

    Before I picked up this book I had no idea who Adrian Mole or Sue Townsend were It just so happened that the novel was sitting on the bookshelf in my office one day and I decided to give it a go From page one I fell in love with Adrian Mole Basically he is a failure He means well he does everything he can to be a success but it always backfires His story is a true tragic comedy which fortunately is light enough on the tragedy to keep us f

  2. says:

    My Adrian Mole collection is complete Towsend's usual hilarious style manages mostly to cover up the absurdity that Adrian Mole retains the naivité of a teenager in middle age Or else we smirk at ourselves in the mirror inside the rat cage as we race on through a society of illusion and desillusionOn second reading even Adrian h

  3. says:

    Townsend is a comic genius who presents am unsparing vision of England in all its fallen glory Chavs and Cocaine Socialists alike Adrian is the post modern anti hero our generation's Holden Caulfield if Holden C

  4. says:

    Although this book is a little outdated it's still a story with characters who teenagers everywhere can relate to and who adults can read about and remember their own years of growing up and finding a place in the world

  5. says:

    It's always hilarious spending some time with neurotic failing sanctimonious Adrian Mole RIP Sue Townsend a comic genius

  6. says:

    OK so I didn't finish this I've read all the others in this series and Adrian never fails to make me laugh but he is such a frigging narcissist Dunno it doesn't play well at age 30 Then again I know a few people who would

  7. says:

    I expect that by tomorrow I will have embellished the story and given myself a heroic status I do not deserve but all the same on this night at this hour I am pleased to record that i acuitted myself well

  8. says:

    This is another brilliant Adrian Mole diary reflecting the times we live in Adrian is now 30 ¼ and is working a

  9. says:

    It's like reading The Great Millennial Burnout except Adrian is not technically a millennial He's still the pretentious failure we love to love but he's now entered his 30s and his lackluster live is all too real

  10. says:

    I really enjoyed the Adrian Mole books when they first came out but I've forgotten which ones I've read and so am making my way back through them This is one I think I missed first time round set in the wake of Blair's election victory Elements that were topical at the time celebrity chefs Alistair Campbell's u

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