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Rebuilding Coventry by Sue Townsend
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Rebuilding Coventry (1998)

by Sue Townsend

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I have this book in hard copy with a different cover than Goodreads has in its editions. It's a funny book, wonderful British humor by a British author. The book is not long and has concise writing so the story flows along briskly. Coventry is a married mother of two who gets tired of seeing one of her neighbors, also married with children, abused by her husband. She marches over one day in the midst of such a scene and bops the hubby on the head with a toy doll. He dies. Sure she has killed him, Coventry flees. It's probably easy to prove she didn't kill him, that he was a health explosion waiting to happen, but she has no way of knowing this so she's on the run. This may not sound like humor but it very much is. The book is full of priceless characters. ( )
  Rascalstar | Jan 21, 2017 |
It was a huge dissapointment after reading Adrian Mole's diaries, and not only because I had too great expectations. ( )
  Lucy_Skywalker | Apr 24, 2013 |
a departure from adrian mole but no less brillantly written and observed ( )
  ladysunshine | Oct 11, 2007 |
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From its title on, Sue Townsend's short, utterly entertaining novel is full of jokes both sly and slapstick. The Coventry of the title is one Coventry Dakin, the novel's narrator, and a devoted, intelligent, but intensely bored wife and mother maintaining her dull husband and two nearly-grown children in suburban Midlands. Coventry also just killed her neighbor, a jerk named Gerald Fox who's been spreading nasty (and false) rumors about her. Now she's on the lam, and Townsend, author of the well-loved Adrian Mole series of books, takes us down and out on a comic excursion into London, where Coventry, now a penniless fugitive, seeks protection with both the lowest and highest levels of British society.

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Coventry Dakin is forced to flee her life as a wife and mother after she accidentally murders her neighbor. Ending up alone on the streets of London, Coventry encounters motley characters who perfectly encapsulate the zeitgeist of 1980s England.

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