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Bookclub: The discussion of The Diary of a Nobody (contains spoilers)

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Offline joo Reading Off The KUF Vol I
14 Jun 2013, 05:29 PM | Post: #1

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of The Diary of a Nobody (contains spoilers)

I finished this earlier today. On the whole, I enjoyed it. Considering it is at tops 175 pages, it did seem to go on forever.
Whilst it was an easy read, I did think at the beginning that it might become tiresome to read in "that voice", but once I got used to it, it was OK.
It certainly was a different time back then. "Woman, know your place" kept popping into my mind.
I did like the red bath bit.
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Offline B J Burton Reading Complete Works of H P Lovecraft
14 Jun 2013, 10:43 PM | Post: #3

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I can see why it's never been out of print in the 120 years since it was published - it's a delight.
Poor Pooter: he really believes his diary will be recognised as a work of literary and historical merit.  The book's warmth as it gently mocks him makes me like the poor chap as well as feel for him.
In some ways it's very much of its time, but the bafflement that Pooter feels when he watches the behaviour of his son is timeless.
A true classic in my opinion, and unlike most classics of that period it's a quick read. 
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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of The Diary of a Nobody (contains spoilers)

A few reviews on Amazon say he's like David Brent, but I didn't find much of it awkward, like DB is. Just a man's bewilderment that nobody gets his jokes.
I presume his age is about 40 something? He just seems so old in his ways.
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I picture him as about 50. I can't say I see anything of David Brent in him. Pooter doesn't try to be liked. He's just convinced that he is worthy of the world's respect.
I love the name Lupin. What a great couple they make - Lupin and Daisy.
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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of The Diary of a Nobody (contains spoilers)

It was longer than I remembered so am a little late to the discussion!!  Loved it, reading for the second time.  How you can make the mundane details of everyday life into something so funny - it's pure genius.  Somehow despite his being so ordinary and rather limited in his outlook ("I always feel people are happier who live a simple unsophisticated life".) we feel so much for poor old Pooter, and wish him well in his domestic disturbances. 

So much of it is about class and manners and appearances that still ring true mutatis mutandis dare I say?!  Such wonderful characters to play this out - Mr Posh (LOL) who became rich by his "three shilling hats".  The cringe-worthy dinner at the Franchings with the "unorthodox" Mr Harfur Huttle.  And Lupin himself who despite his wayward style in his father's eyes seems to fall into good fortune at every turn.  And Cummings who complains nobody realises he is ill when he doesn't appear for a fortnight - because they haven't read about his illness in the Bicycle News!  Don't get me going on the "Jackson Freres" champagne - I'll crease up again!!

And of course BJ, Pooter's wish that his diary become a literary success proved to be so true!!

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of The Diary of a Nobody (contains spoilers)

I think my biggest cringe for Mr Pooter was when he was given the bill at the end of the one party.
He's just not used to going out socially Big Grin Not even to his own friends' houses.
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And the seance!!!!! Big GrinBig GrinBig Grin

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Offline B J Burton Reading Complete Works of H P Lovecraft
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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of The Diary of a Nobody (contains spoilers)

Good point about the success of the diary, Tony, although I feel poor Pooter would be dismayed by the title!
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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of The Diary of a Nobody (contains spoilers)

My favourite quote:

"I left the room with silent dignity, but caught my foot in the mat."
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