One reviewer of J.K. Rowling's new book mentioned that if you want some proper British comedy you should pick up Sue Townsend. That made me realize (apart from the fact that I'm probably never going to read this Rowling book) that I still had one of Townsend's Adrian Mole books lying around. Perfect after a somewhat dry book about the 1st World War. I read the first two Adrian Mole books years ago and this turned out to be nr. 5 already, but that doesn't matter. The characters are basically still the same, although fifteen years older. Yes, I like these books: they're dry, witty and charming in a clumsy british way. I usually say to people I don't care much for 'funny' books, I might as well watch a comic film, but with Sue Townsend I actually want to read them.

23 October 2012

Penguin books, 2000
Originally published 1999


The follow-up to Aidy's earlier diary. Picked it up for 1 euro at the Waterlooplein market, so why not. Just like the first diary it's quite funny, in a nice understated way. The book is really absorbing, as you want to finish it right away. Nice little side dish, this.

25 July 2008


As a little detour from all the more literary works I'm assigned to read this book is ideal. Here no unnecessary lengthy passages or labyrinthine language, just wit and understated humor. It's got some painful, almost tragic moments but mostly it's about having an innocent chuckle. I think the book aims at nothing more than that and achieves every goal wonderfully.

6 May 2007

Methuen, 1985
Originally published 1982


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