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Adrian Mole and the weapons of mass destruction
Sue Townsend
Adult Fiction TOWNSEN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This fifth installment of Adrian Mole's diary (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4; Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years, etc.) breaks new ground with its concern for current affairs and its sympathetic treatment of not-always-exemplary characters. Adrian, as usual, is struggling with various relationships and with constant financial problems, always trying to do the right thing, but usually giving in to his baser urges, in love and in spending. He becomes accidentally engaged to dollhouse-building homebody Marigold while spending flirtatious evenings with childhood love Pandora; fires off missives to the likes of Tony Blair and Tim Henman; and works, genuinely, to be a good father, friend and ex-husband to a cast of often bizarre but always human characters. Townsend, author of numerous non-Adrian novels, plays and nonfiction, makes Adrian's adult disorientation palpable as he tries to figure out how he went from hosting a popular television show to working in a failing second-hand bookshop, and copes with the shock of seeing childhood bullies make good and childhood dreams go awry. Arguments about the war figure prominently: one of Adrian's sons is sent to Iraq; his best friend, Robert, is there, too. Adrian's reactions to the war are complex, funny and wrenching. By the time the diary breaks off (on Sunday, July 22, 2004), things are looking up for Adrian and a bridesmaid-and he is considering (to her consternation) writing an autobiography. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In Townsend's latest installment of the Adrian Mole series, the feckless pseudointellectual has entered the early stages of middle age, but his judgment has hardly improved. Not only is he engaged to a misanthropic woman who designs doll houses, but he has also accumulated more debt than he could pay off in one lifetime; there's also a sadistic swan that terrorizes him whenever he ventures outside of his fashionable new condominium. As if this weren't enough, Adrian's painfully unsophisticated but good-hearted 17-year-old son, Glenn, has been deployed to Iraq. Adrian's angst over the situation increases with each piece of correspondence with his son, even though the elder man firmly supports Tony Blair's assertion that Saddam Hussein does indeed possess weapons of mass destruction. Townsend's acerbic wit has become even sharper; her brand of humor is more hilarious than nearly everything on television or in the movies today. While the barrage of British cultural references may distract many American readers, and the novel's ending feels a bit too dashed off and tidy, Townsend continues to entertain with her intelligent humor. Recommended for most fiction collections.-Kevin Greczek, Ewing, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Adrian Mole
Age: 34
Single father
Has constant financial problems; becoems accidentally engaged; still firting with Pandora; working in a second-hand bookstore; one of his sons is sent to war.
Bookstore clerk

Pandora Braithwaite
Adrian's old flame.

Marigold Flowers
Temporarily engaged to Adrian; builds dollhouses.

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