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Adrian Mole and The Weapons of Mass Destruction [Anglais] [Broché]

Sue Townsend
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19 janvier 2012 MJ FIC PB
Adrian Mole and The Weapons of Mass Destruction is the sixth book in Sue Townsend's brilliantly funny Adrian Mole series. Wednesday April 2ndMy birthday.I am thirty-five today. I am officially middle-aged. It is all downhill from now. A pathetic slide towards gum disease, wheelchair ramps and death.Adrian Mole is middle-aged but still scribbling. Working as a bookseller and living in Leicester's Rat Wharf; finding time to write letters of advice to Tim Henman and Tony Blair; locked in mortal combat with a vicious swan called Gielgud; measuring his expanding bald spot; and trying to win-over the voluptuous Daisy . . . Adrian yearns for a better more meaningful world. But he's not ready to surrender his pen yet...Bestselling author Sue Townsend has been Britain's favourite comic writer for over three decades.'Hilarious. Deft, gleeful mockery impales modish fads, from home make-overs to new-age crazes, while fiercer irony is trained on the country's involvement with Iraq' Sunday Times'Richly comic ... stuffed full of humour, tragedy, vanity, pathos and, very occasionally, wisdom' Guardian'Completely hilarious, laugh-out-loud, a joy' Daily MirrorSue Townsend is Britain's favourite comic author. Her hugely successful novels include eight Adrian Mole books, The Public Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman (Aged 55¾), Number Ten, Ghost Children, The Queen and I, Queen Camilla and The Woman Who Went to Bed For a Year, all of which are highly acclaimed bestsellers. She has also written numerous well-received plays. She lives in Leicester, where she was born and grew up.

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Revue de presse

As funny as anything Townsend has written, in which the loft-dwelling Mole wrestles with credit-card debt, WMD and where to find a dentist (Sunday Times)

The funniest book of the year. I can think of no more comical read (Jeremy Paxman Sunday Telegraph)

He will be remembered some day as one of England's great diarists (Evening Standard)

Biographie de l'auteur

Sue Townsend is Britain's favourite comic author. For thirty years, since the publication of The Secret Diaries of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ in 1982, she has made us weep with laughter and pricked the nation's conscience. Seven further volumes of Adrian's diaries have followed, and all have been highly acclaimed bestsellers. She has also published five other popular novels and written numerous well-received plays. She lives in Leicester, where she was born and grew up.

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  • Broché: 544 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin; Édition : Re-issue (19 janvier 2012)
  • Collection : MJ FIC PB
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0241960169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241960165
  • Dimensions du produit: 12,6 x 19,7 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Incontournable 10 février 2013
Par Nadege27
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Un brin loufoque, un brin réaliste, un brin fou-fou, cet Adrian Mole nous en fera voir jusqu'au bout, parfois trop même! Histoire à lire pour compléter la collection bien entendu!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loved it! 2 février 2012
Par Livia A
Being an unconditional Sue Townsend fan I can only ooze about this book! I warmly, warmly recommend it to everyone. Sue T. never fails to make me laugh to tears.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A delightful return... 7 janvier 2006
Par Alex Nichols, author of Shadow Rock - Publié sur
Adrian Mole is back, hitting 35, and his life is still a well intentioned shambles. Working at a used book store, deeply in debt, he still retains the charming naivite that made his youthful diaries so entertaining. I read Sue Townsend for the first time when I was in high school and much like the "35 Up" film series, keep returning to catch up with her delightful creation every five to seven years. Adrian never really changes, just accumulates more life experience and muddles on. He is as original a character as any I've ever read.

This volume is attuned to the times... the title itself hints at the emotional arc of the story. Adrian has some growing up to do, and does it by the journal's end. "Mass" is not without its poignant moments -- Adrian's son is serving in the war, for instance-- but it is never a downer.

Highly recommended to fans of the original. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 the absolute best of the angsting Adrian Mole series, 22 décembre 2005
Par A. Woodley - Publié sur
We've known Adrian Mole since his diaries were first published at the tender age of 13 and three quarters - (thanks Sue Townsend for finding them!) He has angsted his Generation X life through a painful adolescence, embarrassed and humiliated by his baby-boomer parents, with a constant and noble (if sometimes base) adoration for Pandora Braithwaite.

In this latest wonderful outing of his diaries Adrian is in his 30's, a solo father who works in a second-hand bookshop (he is no longer a chef at Offally Good). Townsend successfully links the political situation in Britain with Adrian Mole to hilarious effect. The book opens with (and frequently refers back to) Adrian Moles attempt to get a refund from the travel agent for a canceled holiday to the mediterranean - cancelled because Mole believes Tony Blair would never lie when he says there is a threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Mole spends the book writing to Mr Blair, the British Prime Minister, asking him for a letter confirming the WMD because the travel agency won't refund his money.

Adrian meets the woman of his dreams, (who turns out to be the manipulating harridan of his nightmares) as she and her family drag him deeper into a manipulative nightmare - and in an utterly hilarious reflection of his earlier problems with the travel agency, he ends up sending her and her mother on an all expenses paid holiday to the mediterranean while he has to stay at home.

Townsend's writing is clever, sympathetic and full of underlying humour about both the social and political situation in Britain. I have really enjoyed the Adrian Mole series, the Capuccino years was good - but this one was GREAT - I look forward to following Mole through to his dotage.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I couldn't put this one down all day... 15 octobre 2006
Par Thomas Duff - Publié sur
Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend was one of those library books that attracted me due to the quirky title and unusual cover. Having no background with Townsend's work or any other Mole novels, I really didn't know what to expect. What I found was an incredibly funny English novel that I was unable to put down until I was finished.

Adrian Mole is a 34 year old single guy living with his parents and working in a second-hand bookstore. He has a couple kids by different women, but the relationships didn't work out in the long run. In order to live the style of life he envisions for himself, he buys a flat on Rat Wharf and proceeds to spend himself into an incredible crushing load of debt using credit cards. His life starts to spiral downhill when he dates a mousey "organic" lady by the name of Marigold Flowers. Her parents are into "natural living" to the extreme, and he quickly figures out that this is not the family and lady he wants. But he has a hard time saying no, and pretty soon he's engaged to be married to a woman he doesn't love and that is apparently with child. To complicate issues further (as if they weren't already warped), he's madly in love with Marigold's sister, a fashionable public relations woman who is as wild as Marigold is sedate. He knows what he needs to do, and everyone else can see what he should be doing. But knowing and doing are separated by an ever-widening gap...

This story is told in diary fashion, with Mole writing in the first person. In many ways, it's like watching a reality TV show. Mole has a much more important view of himself than what really is the case, and it's a hoot watching the train wreck unfold. There are a number of current event themes running through the couple of years covered by the diary, mainly centered around the start of the Iraq war. I'm sure having a good grasp of British life would make a few of the things more clear to this American reader, but it really doesn't matter. It was all too funny and felt all too real...

My next step is to check out the first four Adrian Mole novels... If they are anything like this, I'll be losing a couple more weekends to these pages.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great series. 23 janvier 2008
Par Paul Thomas - Publié sur
Firstly I wanted to clarify for people that might want to know, exactly how this series runs. I have bought and read all the books in the Adrian Mole series and I was dissappointed not to find anywhere to tell me which ones to get. So as a result I have them all.

US Versions
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4
The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole
Adrian Mole: The Lost Years
Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years
Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction

British Versions
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4
The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole
True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole
Adrian Mole: From Minor To Major
Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years
Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years
Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction

So, as for the review these books are great. I love the entire series and I just couldn't stop reading them all the way to the end. The one thing I might suggest is to keep in mind that with most series of books the first is always the best, which is probably the case here too, but if you like it and are a fan of Adrian Mole, there is no reason why you wouldn't want to read the rest.

I like the fact that is it written in diary form for easy reading and it is very clever how the story is told from the point of view of Adrian himself but you can see things about his life that he cannot.

Overall an excellent read for all ages from teen to adult.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Adrian Mole Grows Up, Sort Of... 22 mai 2006
Par Louis N. Gruber - Publié sur
The Adrian Mole saga which began with Adrian's secret diary (aged thirteen & three quarters) continues, as the famous loser moves into his mid-thirties. He's still wildly grandiose, his grip on reality is shaky at best, but life is starting to grind him down. He's living in a posh flat he can't possibly afford. He's still hopeless infatuated with Pandora, he finds himself (somehow) engaged to Marigold, who he can't stand, and he's falling hopelessly in debt. Oh yes, he's been writing to the British Prime Minister about those weapons of mass destruction. He needs the evidence for--well, never mind. Just read the book.

Improbable and depressing as all this might sound, it works. It's not knee-slapping comedy, but it's funny, and it's also sad, as Adrian's failures and mistakes accumulate and haunt his present life. He's still trying to get his life together, and this time he might just make it. Somehow you come to like Adrian Mole in spite of everything.

Sue Townsend is a brilliant comedic writer, with a flair for character development and social commentary. How she manages to keep this series going, with its improbable cast of characters, is simply amazing. She's just good. I enjoyed this book immensely and I recommend it highly. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
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