THE MULTI-MILLION COPY BESTSELLER A dazzlingly urban satire on modern relationships? An ironic, tragic insight into the demise of the nuclear family? Or the confused ramblings of a pissed thirty-something? Welcome to Bridget's first diary: mercilessly funny, endlessly touching and utterly addictive. 'I cannot recommend a book more joyfully .. ...Read MoreTHE MULTI-MILLION COPY BESTSELLER A dazzlingly urban satire on modern relationships? An ironic, tragic insight into the demise of the nuclear family? Or the confused ramblings of a pissed thirty-something? Welcome to Bridget's first diary: mercilessly funny, endlessly touching and utterly addictive. 'I cannot recommend a book more joyfully ...Hilariously funny, miraculously observed, endlessly touching' Jilly Cooper, Daily Telegraph 'Brilliant ...any woman who has ever had a job, a relationship or indeed a mother will read it and roar' Gill Hornby, The Times 'Effortlessly addictive ...presents a perfect zeitgeist of single female woes' Sunday Express 'A brilliant comic creation ...even men will laugh' Salman Rushdie 'A gloriously funny book' Sunday TimesRead Less
Love the movie and the book was just as good.Worth reading.
Dec 4, 2008
Entertaining and Funny
I loved both the Bridget Jones novels and found them to be hysterically funny. Bridget is a young Londoner who lives alone. She keeps a daily diary where she keeps track of her fluctuating weight, how many cigarettes she smoked and how much alcohol she consumed. She keeps track of attempts to get a boyfriend (there are romances in this book) and ploys to advance in her job. Bridget is always getting herself into embarassing situations--like dressing as a Playboy bunny for a annual costume party at her parents house. Somehow she missed the fact that the costume component had been cancelled. So there she is with the elderly in her skimpy costume trying to make conversation. Completely written in the style of a diary, the book is great fun and Bridget is a charming, self-effacing heroine.
Jul 19, 2007
for singletons everywhere
I have to say, I loved this book. It is like a modern Pride and Prejudice, but a bit easier to relate to. Bridget's dinner with all her married friends, her somewhat successful calorie-counting, mistaken office romance and other single friends ready to back her up, even with nonsensical advice....I could totally recognize myself! And laugh, which was great. The follow-up didn't do as much for me, but this was very funny. Chick-lit? Sure, but with the redeeming value of being as funny as Austen (if less....clever) and the gooey romance doesn't hit until the very, very end.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-04-20 A huge success in England, this marvelously funny debut novel had its genesis in a column Fielding writes for a London newspaper. It's the purported diary, complete with daily entries of calories consumed, cigarettes smoked, "alcohol units" imbibed and other unsuitable obsessions, of a year in the life of a bright London 30-something who deplores male "fuckwittage" while pining for a steady boyfriend. As dogged at making resolutions for self-improvement as she is irrepressibly irreverent, Bridget also would like to have someone to show the folks back home and their friends, who make "tick-tock" noises at her to evoke the motion of the biological clock. Bridget is knowing, obviously attractive but never too convinced of the fact, and prone ever to fear the worst. In the case of her mother, who becomes involved with a shady Portuguese real estate operator and is about to be arrested for fraud, she's probably quite right. In the case of her boss, Daniel, who sends sexy e-mail messages but really plans to marry someone else, she's a tad blind. And in the case of glamorous lawyer Mark Darcy, whom her parents want her to marry, she turns out to be way off the mark. ("It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It's like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting `Cathy!' and banging your head against a tree.") It's hard to say how the English frame of reference will travel. But, since Bridget reads Susan Faludi and thinks of Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon as role models, it just might. In any case, it's hard to imagine a funnier book appearing anywhere this year. Major ad/promo; first serial to Vogue; BOMC and QPB main selections; simultaneous Random House audio; author tour. (July) FYI: A movie is in the works from Working Title, the team that produced Four Weddings and a Funeral. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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