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Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones's Diary (original 1996; edition 1999)

by Helen Fielding

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Title:Bridget Jones's Diary
Authors:Helen Fielding
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (1999), Paperback, 288 pages
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Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding (1996)

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This was a very amusing book. Over-all I felt it wasn't as funny as I had expected (having seen the movie for [b:Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason|363752|Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason|Helen Fielding|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1174113080s/363752.jpg|8140]) but still had a very interesting flavor to it. Satirical, nutty and funny, but having the grey harsh reality I have connected to, through Hollywood, to England.

I sometimes felt that entries did nothing for the plot and were not at all interesting.

The plot was better than the books, and this comes off as more like a Novel-in-a-Diary than it's sequel does. ( )
  knotbox | Jun 10, 2016 |
Cannot empathize. Pretty sure I couldn't even when I was closer to her age, but now as someone who could be her mother I wanted to scold her into getting a grip, pulling herself together. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |

I watched the movie and the sequel because these are the favourite movies of some of my friends. I got interested enough to read the book.

Romance books isn't a genre in my comfort zone. I've very few experience with it, and don't seem to find books I truly find engaging in this genre. Doesn't mean I don't try it every once in a while.

I know that a lot of people like Bridget Jones and some went crazy over Mad About The Boy (Pun intended :P ).

For me, Bridget Jones's Diary wasn't really working for me. I guess the translation I read didn't help because it felt forced like it was trying to bring over the jokes from the English edition and utterly failing to do so.

Perhaps I didn't really like it because I'd already seen the movies, I'm not sure, but I didn't feel like reading the other books. ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
Well, now I feel stupid.

I've had this book on my shelf for ... over 15 years. I wanted to read it, but kept putting it off. Then the movie came out. I am not a Zellweger fan, so I didn't see it. And I feared she would ruin the book for me, too. So I just kept putting it off.

This is the year I clear my TBR bookcase, so I finally cracked this book open.

And I just loved it.

Fielding creates a real, honest, relatable character in the lovely Bridget Jones. She is really fine the way she is, yet she feels the pressures of unmarried thirty-somethings. She struggles with her weight, her career, her relationships, her friendships. She watches her married friends flaunt their togetherness, only to see them collapse. She watches her parents' marriage go up in flames, & finds herself thrust into new roles with both her parents.

And she handles it all in a very human way. Where she can keep her head above water, she does. Where she struggles, she flounders in ways all of us can understand.

Bridget is the modern Everywoman, & sharing the struggles of adulthood would be a pleasure. I only wish I had met her sooner; she's been there all along. ( )
  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
Delightful! ( )
  Liciasings | Apr 29, 2016 |
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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 editionsconfirmed
Heesen, MarthaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Karhulahti, SariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To my mum, Nellie, for not being like Bridget's
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Drink more than fourteen alcohol units a week.
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A dazzling urban satire of modern human relations? An ironic, tragic insight into the demise of the nuclear family? Or the confused ramblings of a pissed thirty-something?
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 014028009X, Paperback)

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

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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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