Adrian Mole is 34 and three quarters, almost officially middle-aged, when Mr. Blair tells Parliament that Weapons of Mass Destruction can be deployed in 45 minutes and can reach Cyprus. Adrian is worried that he might not get a refund on his holiday. But that’s not all that is bothering him. There’s his odd girlfriend Marigold who has become distressingly New Age. And his son Glenn who is in Deepcut Barracks. Would Mr. Blair have been quite so keen if it had been his son manning a roadblock?
Adrian Mole has been around for many years. I read the original story a few years back and now had a great offer on this audio book. I loved the humour and voice of Adrian in the original series and hoped that an older Adrian had lost none of his honesty and adrianess.
I wasn’t disappointed, the narrator did a very good job and came across well as the star. Adrian is still the same loveable (?) character he was before, still having problems with his love life and dare I say profoundly in love with Pandora, who is now a labour MP. In many ways he hasn’t grown up at all. The world seems to have moved on, yet he still has all his teenage angst in tact. Except now he has two sons, each with a different women, neither of whom live with him.
Now Adrian, still an aspiring writer works in a book shop and is in the process of buying a modern flat in Rat Wharf. The story is incredibly funny at times, yet behind the laughter is a tragic tale that brings you down to earth in one of those tricky moments where you realise that it’s not nice to be laughing. Rising debts and a failure, like most of us, to take on more debt seem to be an epitaph to the noughties.
It’s the first audiobook I’ve listened to in a long while in full and I have to say this was ideal for an hour a day or so relaxing. Even the cat seemed to enjoy the voice and the story, although I think she fell asleep 😉 Overall a brilliant read and well worth the listen, or read 😉