Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend

By Sue Townsend

This 5th installment of Adrian Mole's diary (The mystery Diary of Adrian Mole elderly thirteen 3/4; Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years, etc.) breaks new flooring with its situation for present affairs and its sympathetic remedy of not-always-exemplary characters. Adrian, as traditional, is being affected by quite a few relationships and with consistent monetary difficulties, continuously attempting to do the appropriate factor, yet often giving in to his baser urges, in love and in spending. He turns into by accident engaged to dollhouse-building homebody Marigold whereas spending flirtatious evenings with formative years love Pandora; fires off missives to the likes of Tony Blair and Tim Henman; and works, surely, to be a very good father, pal and ex-husband to a solid of frequently extraordinary yet constantly human characters. Townsend, writer of diverse non-Adrian novels, performs and nonfiction, makes Adrian's grownup disorientation palpable as he attempts to determine how he went from webhosting a well-liked tv convey to operating in a failing second-hand book shop, and copes with the surprise of seeing youth bullies make stable and early life desires pass awry. Arguments concerning the conflict determine prominently: considered one of Adrian's sons is shipped to Iraq; his ally, Robert, is there, too. Adrian's reactions to the conflict are complicated, humorous and wrenching. by the point the diary breaks off (on Sunday, July 22, 2004), issues are having a look up for Adrian and a bridesmaid—and he's contemplating (to her consternation) writing an autobiography.

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I'm not sure I want to see her again," Corey said. " "I plan to sleep like a log," I put in. " "Not us," Mr. Jennings said. " A cool breeze swept across the porch, rocking the empty chairs as it passed. The shadows of the morning glory draping the porch trellis quivered and shifted, and the wind chimes laughed on the dark lawn. Mrs. Jennings pulled her sweater tighter and stood up. " "We're in Vermont," Mr. Jennings said. Giving his wife a little hug, he said good night to us, and the two of them went up to bed.

I clapped my hand over my mouth and tried to stop laughing. Corey hugged herself in delight. " Four The next morning, Corey and I found the Jenningses waiting for us in the dining room. " Mr. Jennings whispered. "We actu­ally saw it. " Mrs. Jennings pressed a hand against her heart. " Corey feigned disappointment. " She glanced at me. " I shook my head, trying to look as bummed as Corey. " By then, the bike riders had joined us. " Tim asked. " Robert wanted to know. " Mrs. Jennings stared at him.

Just wait till Chester sets up his equipment tomorrow! " With that, she flounced upstairs, her gaudy silk robe and nightgown fluttering, her bare feet seemingly too tiny to bear her weight. Even without jewelry and makeup, she was an amazing sight. The other guests followed her, murmuring to each other about the sobs and laughter, the blue light, and the terrifying presence in the haunted grove. Flashlight in hand, Grandmother led Tracy back to her room in the carriage house, and Corey and I went to bed.

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