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The Diary of a Nobody (1892)

by George Grossmith, Weedon Grossmith

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This uproarious comic novel is a must-read for lovers of classic British humor. The Diary of a Nobody follows the travails of one Charles Pooter, a middle-class clerk with high-society aspirations and outrageous delusions of grandeur. You'll laugh out loud at Pooter's pretentiousness and plenteous faux pas as he attempts to move up the treacherous ladder of social class in nineteenth-century London.

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"The Illustrated Diary of a Nobody" by George and Weedon Grossmith takes the classic comedic narrative of Charles Pooter's daily life and elevates it to a new level with the addition of Weedon's illustrations. The result is a delightful and entertaining reading experience that combines wit and visual charm. A quite silly book. ( )
  Beckles | Dec 4, 2023 |
Got to read after listening to the BBC adaptation. Good fun, but the edition I read had some typographical issues that detracted from the text. ( )
  JBD1 | Dec 3, 2023 |
Diary of a Nobody was originally written in the late 1800s as a serialisation in Punch magazine, before becoming a book. It's a comedy with a city clerk who clearly has some delusions of grandeur as the narrator, and desbribes the minutiae of his every day life. It is made funnier by the various social faux pas that he inadvertently commits and his frustrations over his son's lack of ambition. The descriptions of social gatherings are amusing if unavoidably and understandably outdated.

It's an easy quick read, and one I would probably pick up again in the future. It's not the funniest book I've ever read and rarely hilarious but often amusing. ( )
  Ruth72 | Nov 14, 2023 |
An amusing read - possibly funnier at the time it was published - this is the diary of Charles Pooter telling stories of himself, his friends and family.

He's a middle class banker with little ambition, who is constantly being insulted and taken advantage of by the servants and tradesmen, and does not understand his son. He attempts to show his sense of humour frequently fail as many people dont find the same things funny.

Short little read, amusing enough, not entirely sure I understood the ending (but then it was early in the morning).

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  nordie | Oct 14, 2023 |
Quirky British Victorian era humor. I enjoyed this book and I think it was made better by having the audiobook form to read along with the book. I think the reason I didn't love it was that it ended so abruptly and never really felt like it was going anywhere specific. It is written in the form of a diary. I know it is a humor book but I found myself feeling sorry for poor Mr. Pooter all the way through. He seemed oblivious and was oft times treated badly by his so called friends. It ended hopeful and that was a plus. If you love Victorian humor you might really enjoy this one. I am glad I read it. ( )
  Leann | Jun 27, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Grossmith, Georgeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grossmith, Weedonmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bailey, PaulIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Glinert, EdIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grossmith, WeedonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Higgins, E. O.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Irwin, MichaelEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jarvis, MartinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lawrence, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palmer, GeoffreyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Remes, Maija-LeenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Squire, J. C.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Williams, William EmrysEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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THE DIARY OF A NOBODY
originally appeared in Punch
and is re-published by permission of the publishers
Messrs Bradbury and Agnew
The Diary has been since considerably added to
The excellent title was suggested
by our mutual friend
F. C. BURNAND
to whom we have
the great pleasure of dedicating this volume
GEORGE GROSSMITH
WEEDON GROSSMITH
London, June, 1892
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My dear wife Carrie and I have just been a week in our new house, "The Laurels," Brickfield Terrace, Holloway -- a nice six-roomed residence, not counting basement, with a front breakfast-parlour.
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He may wear what he likes in the future, for I shall never drive with him again. His conduct was shocking. When we passed Highgate Archway, he tried to pass everything and everybody. He shouted to respectable people who were walking quietly in the road to get out of the way; he flicked at the horse of an old man who was riding, causing it to rear; and, as I had to ride backwards, I was compelled to face a gang of roughs in a donkey-cart, whom Lupin had chaffed, and who turned and followed us for nearly a mile, bellowing, indulging in coarse jokes and laughter, to say nothing of occasionally pelting us with orange-peel.
"It was mentioned in the Bicycle News."
I told Sarah not to bring up the blanc-mange again for breakfast. It seems to have been placed on our table at every meal since Wednesday… In spite of my instructions, that blanc-mange was brought up again for supper. To make matters worse, there had been an attempt to disguise it, by placing it in a glass dish with jam round it...I told Carrie, when we were alone, if that blanc-mange were placed on the table again I should walk out of the house.
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Classic Literature. Fiction. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:

This uproarious comic novel is a must-read for lovers of classic British humor. The Diary of a Nobody follows the travails of one Charles Pooter, a middle-class clerk with high-society aspirations and outrageous delusions of grandeur. You'll laugh out loud at Pooter's pretentiousness and plenteous faux pas as he attempts to move up the treacherous ladder of social class in nineteenth-century London.

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