Diary of a Nobody is near perfect as a piece of English comedy, its humor gentle and subtle, its depiction of character, class, time and location flawless. It fixes. : The Diary of a Nobody (): George Grossmith: Books. Aug 26, Channelling a razor-sharp satire through the everyday mishaps of the immortal comic character Mr Pooter, George and Weedon Grossmith’s.
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Please sign in and confirm your date of birth in your profile so we can verify your eligibility. You bobody opt to make your date of birth private. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith. Weedon Grossmith’s book presents the details of English suburban life through the anxious and accident-prone character of Charles Pooter.
Pooter’s diary chronicles his daily routine, which includes small parties, minor embarrassments, home improvements, and ggossmith relationship with a troublesome son. The small minded but essentially decent suburban world he inhabits is b Weedon Grossmith’s book presents the details of English suburban life through the anxious and accident-prone character of Georte Pooter.
The small minded but essentially decent suburban world he inhabits is both hilarious and painfully familiar. This edition features Weedon Grossmith’s illustrations and an introduction which discusses the story’s social context.
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Aug 07, Lisa rated it liked it Shelves: Well, what can I say? Bloggers, Facebookers – who would have thought you had a predecessor in Victorian England? Who would have thought the vain thoughts and actions grossmifh a completely unimportant person with big ideas about his own diaey were meticulously documented and published back then already, including lists of food, what to wear on what occasion, social encounters, small run-ins with friends and family, hopelessly disappointing egocentric grown-up children?
The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith
If he had had a smartphone, Well, what can I say? If he had had a smartphone, the dear Mr Nobody would have posted a picture of his dinner on his blog each night. As it is, he simply writes down the minute by minute of his event-less life. He is so proud of his puns that he repeats them to himself and laughs out loud. If he had a blog, he would count the likes and share “the joke of the day” with all his acquaintances. An unspectacular read, which leaves two reflections.
First of all, humans have always had the need to be “seen” and “heard” by others, to distinguish themselves from the crowd and to stick out.
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That is not new, and our technology simply makes it easier to reach outside our own community. My second thought was that the novel obviously is sarcastic, making fun of this need. It seems to me that it is harder to laugh at it nowadays, as we all indulge in the grossmigh of visibility to different degrees today. Who can still laugh at it silently? Without repeating the joke on Goodreads, counting the likes?
For here I am, writing another review to be posted and shared. As much as I shun other social media, Goodreads satisfies that wish to share in my world, and I would be beyond hypocritical if I made fun of the human need of the boring, boasting Everyman in gossmith diary.
He might be a Nobody, but he georve pointed towards the future in a more realistic way than many other Victorian heroes. Not sure if I recommend the novel, as it is rather boring, like reading online what a friend had for breakfast, with an accompanying picture, but on the other hand, we like that kind of sharing, don’t we?
View all 54 comments. It originated as an intermittent serial in Punch magazine in —89 and first appeared in book form, with extended text and added illustrations, in The Diary records the daily events in the lives of a London clerk, Charles Pooter, his wife Carrie, his son Lupin, and numerous friends and acquaintances ove The Diary records the daily events in the lives of a London clerk, Charles Pooter, his wife Carrie, his son Lupin, and numerous friends and acquaintances over a period of 15 months.
Interrupted by a loving thump at the door. I studied my year-old self carefully then looked at my year-old self and noted nothing had changed facially in two years except I was even more handsomely bespectacled.
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Lydia Lunch appears on my desk and berates me for being a pussywhipped pastyasted whitebred chickenshed motherloving dolescrouging booksucking georgr. She laughs and we have anal and a slice of malt loaf. The question will arise, however, as to whether the first sentence needed a tense change, seeing it was written yesterday. The doorbell will ring. A fleshy bone arrangement with organs will stand there and say: I realised that would probably be a mistake.
He tries to attract attention by pirouetting on the coffee table, but at his age the best he can manage is a forward roll on the settee. Grossith all 34 nonody. The diary of my everyday life would be very boring, and by most measure so is Charles Pooter’s. Living in late Victorian Era England, Pooter and his wife Carrie are stuck deep into middle class society. But Pooter knows his place, and he seems quite happy to make the best of it. He pays homage to grsosmith employer, appreciates his modest home, and is satisfied with his occasional chance to rub shoulders with the upper class at the Grossmth Mayors Ball.
He daily frets over things like shirt collars, boot The diary of my everyday life would be very boring, and by most measure so is Charles Pooter’s. He daily frets over things like shirt collars, boot diart, his housekeepers shortcomings, and so on. But his life, and the diary’s, georfe helped along by his two neighbors and friends, Gowing and Cummings, who are always popping in, always going and coming, and if you get that little joke, then you will get the essence of this story and the essence of Charles Pooter.
I enjoyed the deadpan humor, and my enjoyment was enhanced by the splendid narration of the book by Martin Clifton. A book filled with unimportant characters, not about anything in particular, in which nothing much happens.
Well not exactly, this is a satire on being ordinary. Admittedly modern readers may not find it as funny as when it was first published in Punch in the late 19th century, as the context and detail of Victorian middle-class values that it parodies are no longer an immediately understood reference point and tastes in, as well yrossmith expectations of, humour have moved on.
What it pokes Brilliant! What it pokes fun at still exists in present day society and everyday life though and the subtle, not so subtle, grossmith and cringe-making elements of its sending up have resurfaced many times over in other comic guises and genre.
Expect a gentle sit-com, not laugh out loud stand-up style—and tune in to the delicate ridiculing of social attitudes and individual stereotypes dkary offer. It is grissmith of satirical one liners and awkward moments that still have contemporary resonance. The Diary of a Nobody is exactly what its title says it is. If you get that it is still relevant and very amusing to read.
Aug 06, Jan-Maat added it Recommends it hrossmith This reminded me of Grossmitj Men in a Boat in that I don’t feel that some great moments add up to groszmith great book. A diary format allowed the Grossmith’s grosskith have a series of comic view spoiler [ I use the term lightly – comic at least in their opinion, the reader will make up their own mind hide spoiler ] incidents without the inconvenience of a plot, although there are some long running story lines that are tied up by the end of the book.
The diary is written by Mr Pooter, a senior bank clerk who wor This reminded me of Three Men in a Boat in that I nbody feel that some great moments add up to a great book. The diary is written by Mr Pooter, a senior bank clerk who works in the City of London view spoiler [ now that’s a Britishism For none UKers the City of London is a separate legal entity located in central London where various financial institutions have their headquarters hide spoiler georrge and records the trials and tribulations of his late Victorian life after moving into a new home.
The idea is that you find his self-importance and occasional pomposities amusing and it helps to be socially superior to characters of this sort for the book to work. This the humour of an in-egalitarian society, jokes turn on the snobbishness and angst of middle-class Victorian life, for example Pooter is extremely satisfied to be invited to a fancy event and extremely dissatisfied when he finds one of his neighbours – who in his eyes is only a tradesman – is also there.
I’m of too low a social class to be as thoroughly amused as the target audience view spoiler [ or perhaps my funny bone simply has a different angle, you’ve got to be open minded about these things hide spoiler ]for instance I found Pooter’s pride and satisfaction in the idea of having his son work in the bank alongside him, the two of them taking the omnibus into the city together, tender rather than comic.
The character names like Pooter or his friends Cummings and Gowings give you another idea of the Grossmith’s sense of humour.
If you’re not smiling or groaning at those then your smile to page ratio is lightly to be low. However there are some ideas that build up vrossmith great comic scenes, notably those involving a tin of red paint and what to do with it view spoiler [answer: If you are going to read it, I recommend an edition with feorge original illustrations.
View all 6 comments. May 30, Cecily rated it did not like it Shelves: Overrated “diary” of a middle-aged middle-class angst-ridden Victorian middle-manager, dealing with inconsequential daily irritations in a dry but not especially funny way.
I generally think that one measure of great art and I count literature as art is that you get something different from it each time. Books like this ddiary that view: I remember enjoying it in my nobdy teens or early 20s, but a decade or two lat Overrated “diary” of a middle-aged middle-class angst-ridden Victorian middle-manager, dealing with inconsequential daily irritations in a dry but not especially funny way.
I remember enjoying it in my late teens or early 20s, but a decade or two later, it was very different. I’m pretty sure that doesn’t make it great, nobkdy Jun 21, Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: Bumbling Charles Pooter’s memoir of timeless suburban angst The Diary of a Nobody remains remarkably modern and amusing even a century after it was first printed in Punch.