Our First Book Review

Today we introduce a new feature to Handsome and Pretty,

The Book Review

Originally from Derry , Jillian Allen now lives and works in London. Her love affair with reading began as a little girl and today she shares one of her recent favourites.

“I love my kindle.  Portable, fun and chock full of free titles!  One complete gem is Diary of a Nobody, by George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith.
This was originally published in Punch magazine in 1888, and released in book form in 1892 – an oldie but a goodie.   Described by J B Priestley as ‘true humour…with its mixture of absurdity, irony and affection..’ , who could resist?
Why should I not publish my diary? I have often seen reminiscences of people I have never even heard of, and I fail to see – because I do not happen to be a ’Somebody’ – why my diary should not be interesting. My only regret is that I did not commence it when I was a youth.
 
Charles Pooter
The Laurels,
Brickfield Terrace
Holloway.
Charles Pooter is a clerk working in the City of London, and with aspirations far beyond his lower middle class status.  Diary entries betray these aspirations, with a vague sense of desperation, and marry these together beautifully with mundane entries about house keeping, DIY traumas and visits from neighbours.   He is happily married to Carrie, with one grown up son, Lupin.
May 2.—Sent my dress-coat and trousers to the little tailor’s round the corner, to have the creases taken out.  Told Gowing not to call next Monday, as we were going to the Mansion House.  Sent similar note to Cummings.
 
August 29.—Mrs. James is making a positive fool of Carrie.  Carrie appeared in a new dress like a smock-frock.  She said “smocking” was all the rage.  I replied it put me in a rage.  She also had on a hat as big as a kitchen coal-scuttle, and the same shape.  Mrs. James went home, and both Lupin and I were somewhat pleased—the first time we have agreed on a single subject since his return.
 
The majority of diary entries are built around disagreements with friends and various tradesmen – but the main source of Pooter’s woes is his son, and his ‘misguided’ love affair with a woman with no redeemable qualities,  the loss of multiple jobs, and a tendency to dabble on the stock market with other’s money.
This diary is exceptionally well written – engaging, entertaining, with mocking humour that is on the right side of endearing.  All the characters are drawn beautifully – and weave together into the life of the Pooters seamlessly and believably.  If you are looking for a light hearted, entertaining read that will raise many a smile, venture towards this little book!”

Thanks Jillian and welcome to the Handsome and Pretty family.

Have you read this one yet?

Happy Reading

Handsome and Pretty

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