The Diary of a Nobody, by George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith; 4th This fictitious diary details fifteen months in the life of Mr. Charles Pooter. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. The Diary of a Nobody is a comic masterpiece which has been hugely influential since its first publication in This edition features Weedon Grossmith’s.

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Replace the Victorian settings with today’s, and this could be my life or yours. He daily frets over things like shirt collars, boot black, his housekeepers shortcomings, and so on. He records all the little fusses and bothers that interfere with his generally contented domestic life. Captain MainwaringVictor Meldrewand Peep Show ‘ s Mark Corrigan are all examples of characters “whose blinkered view of themselves is forever in sharp contrast to how they are perceived by the world”.

Waugh and The Diary of a Nobody “. Charles Pooter, who keeps a diary for 18 months around the years One is torn bet “Why should I not publish my diary? Why should I not publish my diary?

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The Illuminating Diary of a Professional Lady in which the protagonist, Lorelei Leerecords her flirtatious adventure in prose that “follows the mannerisms of colloquial speech” and suggests innocence or ignorance yet, the critic Elyse Graham observes, “burlesques, in excoriating detail, the vernacular of the American middle class”.

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Sep 25, Edward Higgins rated it it was amazing. His performing career spanned more than four decades. Pooter’s diary chronicles his daily routine, which includes small parties, minor embarrassments, xiary improvements, and his relationship with a troublesome son. A vaguely ridiculous middle class Victorian man decides to write a diary. Mike – September 10, The reader was excellent but I was bored.


The Diary of a Nobody

I did not even think her good-looking”. Aug 07, Lisa rated it liked it Shelves: Impressed, they engaged him to play the comic lead in their new, full-length work, The Sorcerer. Wodehouse might have been particularly good when it came to depict funny vignettes and unforgettable characters, but what Charles Pooter gave to the Anglo-Saxon readers is much more: The Diary records the daily events in the lives of a London clerk, Charles Pooterhis wife Carrie, his son William Lupin, and numerous friends and acquaintances over a period of 15 months.

By the Diary was beginning to achieve a reputation in London’s literary and political grossmih.

The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith

They resent their friends’ lack of manners, but still keep almost constant company with them. It is full of satirical one liners and awkward moments that still have contemporary resonance.

Ditto to all What a total delight. His son, George Grossmith, Jr. He and his wife live very ordinary, middle-class lives.

View all 3 comments. I regard any bedroom I occupy as unfurnished without a copy of it”. He persists in thinking that he is the master and so is deserving of respect despite the fact that he rarely gets that respect even from his own son. I have often seen reminiscences of people I have never even heard of, and I fail to see – because I do not happen to be a ‘Somebody’ – why my diary should not be interesting.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Interrupted by a loving thump at the door. George Grossmith was an English comedian, writer, composer, actor, and singer. 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.


Charles Pooter is constantly throwing out gags and half-arsed one-liners to people.

The Diary of a Nobody

There’s barely a story to this. Other social events also turn sour: George originated nine of the principal comedian roles in the Gilbert and Sullivan ciary over 12 years from to I am aware that the excellent Mrs Pooter and the author’s own son, Mr Lupin Pooter, didn’t value the georg much.

Mark Nicholls from circled the Mark Nicholls from like a toreador taunting a pacifist bull. He quibbles and complains and goes through his daily routine – he’s some sort of clerk at some sort of business requiring clerks – and finds humor in puns. Weedon Grossmith’s book presents the details of English suburban life through the anxious and accident-prone character of Charles Pooter. The ending is also clearly an attempt at coherency whi The perfect summer read.

However with this reader with the voice he has makes this book come to life and very well worth the time.