"Bridget Jones's Diary" is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of a thirty-something Singleton on a permanent doomed quest for self-improvement. Caught between the joys of Singleton fun, and the fear of dying alone and being found three weeks later half eaten by an Alsatian; tortured by Smug Married friends ...
"Bridget Jones's Diary" is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of a thirty-something Singleton on a permanent doomed quest for self-improvement. Caught between the joys of Singleton fun, and the fear of dying alone and being found three weeks later half eaten by an Alsatian; tortured by Smug Married friends asking, "How's your love life" with lascivious, yet patronizing leers, Bridget resolves to reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult and learn to program the VCR. With a blend of flighty charm, existential gloom, and endearing self-deprecation, the diary has touched a raw nerve with millions of readers the world round. Read it, laugh and crash your head onto the table before you cry, "Bridget Jones is me!" "Screamingly funny." -- "USA Today" "Bridget Jones is channeling something so universal and (horrifyingly) familiar that readers will giggle and sigh with collective delight." -- "Elle" "Hilarious but poignant." -- "The Washington Post" "This juicy diary tells the truth with a verve as appealing to men on Mars as it is to Venusian women. A." -- "Entertainment Weekly" "An unforgettably droll character." -- "Newsweek" "Bridget's voice is dead-on . . . will cause readers to drop the book, grope frantically for the phone and read it out loud to their best girlfriends." -- "The Philadelphia Inquirer" "Fielding. . .has rummaged all too knowingly through the bedrooms, closets, hearts and minds of women everywhere." -- "Glamour" "Good-bye Rules Girls, hello Singletons...Endearinglyengaging." -- "The New York Times Book Review"
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.
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