Age Cannot Wither Him………..
This was a wonderfully funny and at times an ouch with sympathy book back in 1982, and it hasn’t changed in its appeal. Adrian Mole, 13 3/4 becomes 15 when this book ends, or as he notes, on Tuesday March 23rd
“I will be fifteen in eleven days. So I have only got to wait one year and eleven days to get married should I want to”
Mole is, as he tells us, an intellectual. To prove it, he reads heavy books, writes to Malcolm Muggeridge and the Radio Producer John Tydeman, with his immortal poems. He and his lady love, Pandora, are surely one of the great, tragic pairs of lovers of history – Anthony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, Cathy and Heathcliff – Adrian and Pandora are right up there!
This is adolescence, funny, sharp – but also a look at Britain in the early 80’s Thatcher, the Falklands, unemployment, the splitting of the Labour Party, the women’s movement, all viewed through Adrian’s eyes. It’s a world where pimples, and the length of Adrian’s ‘thing’ are at least as important as the fact that the world is supposed to end, twice, during the course of the book.
A perfect, joyous read. Adrian, wherever you are, now aged 43 and 3/4, or maybe even 45, you are a star!
I received this 30 year reissue as a review copy from Amazon Vine UK. Thanks for the giggles, Amazon