Monday, 12 August 2013

THE DIARY OF A NOBODY – George and Weedon Grossmith, 1892

For years, I have known about this book but I have never read it until now. John Betjeman mentions it; Lady Marchmain reads aloud from it in Brideshead Revisited.
I was expecting it to be a bit quaint with the odd amusing episode.
I found myself laughing out loud at points. The character of Charles Pooter is so preposterous. The best part, though is his sense of humour, the puns he finds funny enough to keep repeating. His wife, son and friends are almost as ridiculous.
As well as a very funny story, it is also a fine piece of social commentary.

Highly recommended. 

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