Diary of a Nobody is near perfect as a piece of English comedy, its humor gentle and subtle, its depiction of character, class, time and location flawless. It fixes. : The Diary of a Nobody (): George Grossmith: Books. Aug 26, Channelling a razor-sharp satire through the everyday mishaps of the immortal comic character Mr Pooter, George and Weedon Grossmith’s.

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Well, I regret I waited so much. I’d had this for a while and thought it would make good paired reading with Three Men on a Boatas viary both considered classics of British humor of about the same era.

Lists with This Book. This book celebrates the mundane rather than the extraordinary. Not sure if I recommend the novel, as it is rather boring, like reading online what a friend had geprge breakfast, with an accompanying picture, but on the other hand, we like that kind of sharing, don’t we?

He quibbles and complains and goes through his daily routine – he’s some sort of clerk at some sort of business requiring clerks – and finds humo I read this because Adam Dalgliesh – the MC in many of PD James’ novels and short stories – gives his elderly aunt a copy for Christmas!

The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith

Trouble with servants, tradesmen, and office juniors grsosmith regularly, along with minor social embarrassments and humiliations. He does a sort of breathy chortling when Pooter records one of his many puns for posterity, and makes it clear that as shallow and pretentious as Pooter is in many ways, he really is a dear despite all.

Pooter believes the party has failed, and is despondent, although Carrie deems it a great success. Replace the Victorian settings with today’s, and this could be my life or yours. What’s a father to do? We have all the fads of the Victorian age spiritualism makes an interesting appearance with even the sceptical Pooter getting caught up in the seances his wife and her friend start hosting and a representation of the conflict between the thirst for progress and the concern inherent within this about “dangerous” ideas which epitomises this age.


George originated nine of the principal comedian roles in the Gilbert and Sullivan operas over 12 years from to Mark Nicholls from circled the Mark Nicholls from like a toreador nobodh a pacifist bull. You may opt to make your date of birth private.

It is suffice to say that I am utterly delighted to discover that a man of such moral stature and of supremely noble behaviour such as Mr Pooter left his mark in the history of British literature. Pooter’s errors are manifestations of our own, his idiosyncracies relatable and his profound anguish on being thought of as a complete and utter dunce – mirror-like! Peter Morton has noted that “the history of the early book editions of the Diary is tangled, due to the unwillingness ggeorge the publisher to distinguish between an edition and an impression”.

It’s about the challenges he faces in his life, detailing minutiae in the form of work problems, home improvement, social gatherings, but the humo What can I say about this little novel?

Pooter georgs undoubtedly one of the best comic characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. The diary is written by Mr Pooter, a senior bank clerk who works in the City of London view spoiler [ now that’s a Britishism Living in late Victorian Era England, Pooter and his wife Carrie are stuck deep into middle class society. I’m of too low a social class to be as thoroughly amused as the target audience view spoiler [ or perhaps my funny gekrge simply has a different angle, gekrge got to be open minded about these things hide spoiler ]for instance I found Pooter’s pride and satisfaction in the idea of having his son work in the bank alongside him, the two of them taking the omnibus into the city together, tender rather than comic.


And yet, it rarely read like a “classic” – it felt contemporary. Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail found this “an evening of some of the cleverest, fastest entertainment I have seen for months”. I studied my year-old self carefully then looked at my year-old self and noted nothing had changed facially in two years except I was even more handsomely bespectacled.


The Diary of a Nobody

This was a novel written in the format of a personal diary and it’s supposed to be humorous because the protagonist diary writer is a pretentious middle aged, middle class guy who likes to lord it over others in a politically correct, condescendin This is my response to this book: Weedon Grossmith’s book presents the details of English suburban life through the anxious and accident-prone character of Charles Pooter.

That is not new, and our technology simply makes it easier to reach outside our own community. He works for a financial firm. He writes in the introduction as follows: By the Diary was beginning to achieve a reputation in London’s literary and political circles.

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