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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years (Sue Townsend)

Adrian Mole is thirty-nine and a quarter. He lives in a semi-detached converted pigsty with his wife Daisy and their daughter. His parents George and Pauline live in the adjoining pigsty. But all is not well.
The secondhand bookshop in which Adrian works is threatened with closing. The spark has fizzled out of his marriage. His mother is threatening to write her autobiography "A girl called Shit"; And Adrian's nightly trips to the lavatory have become alarmingly frequent.
As his troubles multiply, a drunken call to old flame Dr. Pandora Braithwaite (BA, MA, PhD, MP and Junior Minister) awakens memories of what might have been and causes Adrian to wonder: is Pandora the only one who can possibly save him?

Quote: "Graham, is that your bark I hear? / Is that your growl, dear? / Graham, are you there in the daytime, / Are you there in the night? / Is it true that your bark / Was worse than your bite? / You lightened our darkness, / You shouldered our load, / Your eyes were appealing, / Your fur it was gold. / You shouldn't have left us / Before you grew old."

Why this book speaks to me: I love all Adrian Mole diaries, but this one seems sweeter. Adrian's life seems to be tumbling down before his own very eyes: his wife leaves him, he loses his job, his mum goes on TV to expose their life, his daughter is not doing well at school, but above all, Adrian discovers that he has prostate cancer and, eventually, his hair falls out.
What else could happen to a person?
Although, Mr. Mole manages to keep his head up high and get on with the little things life still has to offer, it really makes us think that it cannot be all that bad, there is always a purpose for everything, we just need to try to figure it out and get on living, after all that is why we are here!

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