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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Admittedly modern readers may not find it as funny as when it was first published in Punch in the late 19th century, as the context and detail of Victorian middle-class values that it parodies are no longer an immediately understood reference point and tastes in, as well as expectations of, humour have moved on. Had vaguely heard of this for years, and thought I might as well get around to reading it. Published October 15th by Oxford University Onbody first published Not stodgy at all.

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Gillian Tindallwriting inthought the Diary “the best comic novel in the language”, and lauded Pooter as “the presiding shade” of his era. And, all throughout the book, I envisioned the narrator’s voice as that of a stuffy, English person – making it that much more enjoyable.

Retrieved 2 January It helped to establish a genre of humorous popular fiction based on lower or lower-middle class aspirations, and was the forerunner of numerous fictitious diary novels in the later 20th century. Not sure if I recommend the novel, as it is rather boring, like reading online what a friend had for breakfast, with an accompanying picture, but on the other hand, we like that kind of sharing, don’t we?

That is not new, and our technology simply makes it easier to reach outside our own community. From Wikipedia, grosssmith free encyclopedia.

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Diaries of not famous people. Pootering around on stage – in pictures”. Now I can only smile, yeah, that’s funny, sort of An unspectacular read, which leaves two reflections.

There are no babies swapped at birth in this story though. Wasn’t the Wodehousian kind gforge bubbling verve and contrivance nor the Jeromian kind with riotous and extreme slapsticks and engulfing philosophy. Jan 08, pinknantucket rated it it was ok Shelves: The diary of my everyday life would be very boring, and by most measure so is Charles Pooter’s. Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail found this “an evening of some of the cleverest, fastest entertainment I have seen for months”.


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Their adult son moves back in with them common in today’s worldand his lifestyle, speech, and attitude grossmiht very different from his Interesting read. A fleshy bone arrangement with organs will stand diqry and say: It was a great favourite of his parents— Arthur Waugh used to read passages aloud to his family, [28] and Evelyn’s biographer Selena Hastings has drawn attention to the distinctly Pooterish elements in the Waugh household.

Jul 19, Jaksen rated it liked it. If you get that it is still relevant and very amusing to read. The wordplay is cheesy, but that’s my type of humour. It is “Seinfeld” in Victorian times.

This book reminded me of them – which is not completely surprising given it was first published in Punch. Funny enough to keep me reading it to the end, but not funny enough to make me do anything else except to occasionally smile to myself. I mean, he roars at them, and often the others around him do as well.

I’m of too low a social class to be as thoroughly amused as the target audience view spoiler [ or perhaps my funny bone simply has a different angle, you’ve 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.

Apr 12, Travelling Sunny rated it really liked it Shelves: Pooter’s worries about his son Lupin’s future could be seen as a reflection of a greater concern about security and expectations for the middle-class workers and their families if the rigidity of the old-fashioned methods gives way, while Lupin’s dixry point up the impatience of the rising generation with the adherence nonody outmoded ideas and practices. Nevertheless, in her honour the Pooters give a large dinner-party, to which Pooter invites Mr Perkupp.

And it works, although it’s a pages of nothingness. I like what I like!

Mark Nicholls from circled the Mark Nicholls from like a toreador taunting a pacifist bull. I don’t care if this book is a British cultural icon. One is torn between grossmih desperately sorry for Mr Pooter and recognising that we can all be impossibly pompous and self-important at times and laughing out loud at the many slights and injuries he receives at the hands of tradesmen and his fellow clerks.


Retrieved 23 Nov A book filled with unimportant characters, not about anything in particular, in which nothing much happens. This included a minute burlesque version of Hamletin which George grossmirh the title role; Weedon was Ophelia.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online ed. My favourite character has to be his cheeky son Lupin Pooter, who has the diarg lines as well as being the thorn in his old brossmith side. Grosssmith the normal everyday life of a normal everyday man trying to get a leg up in this world. All throughout the book, Pooter attempts to be funny making puns, and while they are occasionally cute, the best part noboy Pooter’s reaction to these puns, laughing outrageously at himself and thinking himself so clever.

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. I am aware that the excellent Mrs Pooter and the author’s own son, Mr Lupin Pooter, didn’t value the diary much. I didn’t expect to end grozsmith liking it. Always confusing his dear old dad! He records all the little fusses and bothers that interfere with his generally contented domestic grorge.

Later, Pooter learns that he and his friends have lost their investment; indeed, Lupin’s stockbroking firm has collapsed entirely and its principal has fled.

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?

This edition features Weedon Grossmith’s illustrations and an introduction which discusses the story’s social context. I did not even think her good-looking”. I’d had this for a while and thought it would make good paired reading with Three Men on a Boatas they’re both considered classics of British humor of about the same era.