Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years -- Sue Townsend's comic novels of recent history turn dark and sweet

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9 Responses to “Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years -- Sue Townsend's comic novels of recent history turn dark and sweet”

  1. bernicemily says:

    The Prostrate Years is Sue Townsend on good form and Adrian Mole as he is. It takes a really good look at our society over the last decade and is both funny and sad, she does this really well. My only complaint is that I chose to read whilst ill and the laughing caused more coughing and pain. Very Moley.

  2. Pantograph says:

    And in thirty years we can look forward to “the prostate years”.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      And in thirty years we can look forward to “the prostate years”.

      I’d argue that, but I have to pee again.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ever hear of John Irving’s “The Water Method Man”? Similar theme, very highly similar.

  4. 3lbFlax says:

    The title pun has been corrected and consequently eradicated on play.com.

  5. Felix Mitchell says:

    Pantograph: humour fail.

    For me, Adrian hasn’t been funny since he became an adult. He’s just a loser rather than cutely naive.

    • Scurra says:

      I think that’s unfair. Adrian isn’t a loser, except insofar as everyone is a “loser” in a capitalist society*; he’s quite well-adjusted and not cynical. Sure, there’s a fair amount of self-delusion going on, but isn’t that true for all of us? And Townsend is a good enough writer that you can see what’s really going on even though everything is filtered through Adrian’s gaze.

      (*other equally rubbish economic systems are available.)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Her sight has failed. Her vision, however, is fully intact.

  7. Anonymous says:

    For those who never had a chance to see the televisation of Adrian Mole, here’s the quite lovely theme tune – “Profoundly In Love With Pandora” – by Ian Dury and The Blockheads:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nnSJ1-jrJI

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