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Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones's Diary (1996)

by Helen Fielding

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Series: Bridget Jones (1)

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I saw this movie ages ago--not when it came out, but after it had been out on video for about five years. It was pretty funny, but I wasn't thrilled with the cast, I think. I don't know. I felt the movie was "just okay."
For some reason, though, I saw the audiobook for this story recently, and I thought, "Hmm.... I wonder how different the book is? Would I like it? Would it be fun to listen to?"
The answers--yes! yes! YES!!!
I love the format of the story--Bridget keeping an almost daily diary, starting each entry with her weight, the alcohol "units" consumed that day, and the number of cigarettes smoked that day. Sometimes, she'll add little notes, like "v.g." for "very good," or "v. poor" for "very poor," etc. Then she'll go on and describe the events of the day. It's deliciously funny, the way she goes through the exact events... sometimes, if she's struggling (like putting off cooking something, or trying to set up her video machine to record a TV show for her mother), she'll break down the event in five minute increments... it really illustrates how much of a procrastinator she is, how deeply she struggles with absolutely mundane things, etc. I found it embarrassingly funny, because I know I've done the same things!!!
The story takes place largely in London, and Bridget and the other characters are all British... so there's a bit of slang that one has to weed through now and then. For example, Bridget would note, for several days in a row, how many "instants" she went through that day. She finally explains, down the road, that they are instant lottery tickets, similar to our pickle cards or maybe scratch-off tickets. I enjoy this about the book, though. I like they way the story flows and you either figure the language out on your own, or she eventually clears it up for you.

The narration is done by Imogen Church. I've listened to a couple of other books narrated by her (The Woman in Cabin Ten; Into the Water; etc.), and I will be picking other audiobooks to listen to largely because she's the narrator. She does a fabulous job!!! ( )
  trayceetee | Dec 23, 2018 |
Upper-Intermediate Early, 2 Audio CDs
  ChatterMatters | Jul 19, 2018 |
Upper-Intermediate Early, 2 Audio CDs
  ChatterMatters | Jul 19, 2018 |
1996) but I just got around to reading it on a friend’s recommendation, based on me being Jane Austen fan. Bridget Jones’s Diary is an updated Pride and Prejudice, with the titular character taking the role of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy played by a man who’s name actually is Darcy.

At first, I was disappointed; Bridget Jones is nothing like the updated Elizabeth Bennett I imagined. She’s a chain smoker, anxiety-ridden, obsessed about her appearance, and apparently hasn’t read a book since college.


She’s also touchingly loyal to friends and family, some of whom behave in ways that strain that loyalty


Who am I to talk anyway? I have a home library that could grace a small town, but does that really give me “standing” to be critical? Bridget’s pretty funny, with none other than Salman Rushdie blurbing “Even men will laugh” on the back cover; and I did. ( )
1 vote setnahkt | Jun 6, 2018 |
You know that feeling of satisfaction when you actually can relate to the main character and you almost feel like you're the hero of the story? That sense of accomplishment and pride?

Well, let's simply say that I felt even too much related to Bridget, and I can't exactly say it was a nice feeling. Because well... she's not a woman many people would be envious of.
But since I'm not here to discuss about how sad and unlucky the main character is (or at least, not a deep analysis of her) let's focus on the book.

While it's true that some parts can be considered pretty funny (not even I have ever had so many misfortunes one after the other), it's also true that after it becomes rather repetitive and a bit unnatural.
However, if you've just finished a tough book and you need something lighter and less demanding, this is the perfect choice. Short, diary-like, simple plot, colloquial language... an easy read to make your mind rest after a challenging novel!
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  Shay17 | Mar 30, 2018 |
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O.K., James Joyce it may not be, but show me the woman to whom this sort of stream-of-consciousness, self-assessing mental clutter is unfamiliar and I'll show you the person who will not think ''Bridget Jones's Diary'' is both completely hilarious and spot on.

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Helen Fieldingprimary authorall editionscalculated
Heesen, MarthaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Karhulahti, SariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McPherson, TaraCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Meet Bridget Jones—a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could:
a. lose 7 pounds
b. stop smoking
c. develop Inner Poise

"123 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds in the middle of the night? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier? Repulsive, horrifying notion), alcohol units 4 (excellent), cigarettes 21 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow), number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)..."

Bridget Jones' Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget's permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.

Over the course of the year, Bridget loses a total of 72 pounds but gains a total of 74. She remains, however, optimistic. Through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter, and — like millions of readers the world round — you'll find yourself shouting, "Bridget Jones is me!"
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In the course of the year recorded in Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget confides her hopes, her dreams, and her monstrously fluctuating poundage, not to mention her consumption of 5277 cigarettes and "Fat units 3457 (approx.) (hideous in every way)." In 365 days, she gains 74 pounds. On the other hand, she loses 72! There is also the unspoken New Year's resolution--the quest for the right man. Alas, here Bridget goes severely off course when she has an affair with her charming cad of a boss. But who would be without their e-mail flirtation focused on a short black skirt? The boss even contends that it is so short as to be nonexistent.

At the beginning of Helen Fielding's exceptionally funny second novel, the thirtyish publishing puffette is suffering from postholiday stress syndrome but determined to find Inner Peace and poise. Bridget will, for instance, "get up straight away when wake up in mornings." Now if only she can survive the party her mother has tricked her into--a suburban fest full of "Smug Marrieds" professing concern for her and her fellow "Singletons"--she'll have made a good start. As far as she's concerned, "We wouldn't rush up to them and roar, 'How's your marriage going? Still having sex?'"

This is only the first of many disgraces Bridget will suffer in her year of performance anxiety (at work and at play, though less often in bed) and living through other people's "emotional fuckwittage." Her twin-set-wearing suburban mother, for instance, suddenly becomes a chat-show hostess and unrepentant adulteress, while our heroine herself spends half the time overdosing on Chardonnay and feeling like "a tragic freak." Bridget Jones's Diary began as a column in the London Independent and struck a chord with readers of all sexes and sizes. In strokes simultaneously broad and subtle, Helen Fielding reveals the lighter side of despair, self-doubt, and obsession, and also satirizes everything from self-help books (they don't sound half as sensible to Bridget when she's sober) to feng shui, Cosmopolitan-style. She is the Nancy Mitford of the 1990s, and it's impossible not to root for her endearing heroine. On the other hand, one can only hope that Bridget will continue to screw up and tell us all about it for years and books to come. --Kerry Fried

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:02 -0400)

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Bridget Jones takes readers on a tour of a hilarious year-in-the-life of a confused thirty-something singleton who would have all the answers if she could just lose seven pounds, stop smoking, and attain inner poise.

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