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Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend

By Sue Townsend

This 5th installment of Adrian Mole's diary (The mystery Diary of Adrian Mole elderly thirteen 3/4; Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years, etc.) breaks new flooring with its quandary for present affairs and its sympathetic therapy of not-always-exemplary characters. Adrian, as ordinary, is being affected by numerous relationships and with consistent monetary difficulties, consistently attempting to do the appropriate factor, yet often giving in to his baser urges, in love and in spending. He turns into unintentionally engaged to dollhouse-building homebody Marigold whereas spending flirtatious evenings with adolescence love Pandora; fires off missives to the likes of Tony Blair and Tim Henman; and works, really, to be an outstanding father, buddy and ex-husband to a forged of frequently strange yet continually human characters. Townsend, writer of diverse non-Adrian novels, performs and nonfiction, makes Adrian's grownup disorientation palpable as he attempts to determine how he went from web hosting a favored tv exhibit to operating in a failing second-hand bookstore, and copes with the surprise of seeing formative years bullies make strong and youth goals cross awry. Arguments concerning the conflict determine prominently: one in all Adrian's sons is shipped to Iraq; his ally, Robert, is there, too. Adrian's reactions to the battle are complicated, humorous and wrenching. by the point the diary breaks off (on Sunday, July 22, 2004), issues are having a look up for Adrian and a bridesmaid—and he's contemplating (to her consternation) writing an autobiography.
 

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