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 predicament for present affairs and its sympathetic remedy of not-always-exemplary characters. Adrian, as traditional, is suffering from a variety of relationships and with consistent monetary difficulties, continually attempting to do the perfect factor, yet frequently 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, certainly, to be an outstanding father, buddy and ex-husband to a solid of usually weird and wonderful yet continually 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 express to operating in a failing second-hand bookstall, and copes with the surprise of seeing youth bullies make stable and adolescence goals cross awry. Arguments concerning the battle determine prominently: one in all Adrian's sons is distributed to Iraq; his ally, Robert, is there, too. Adrian's reactions to the conflict are advanced, 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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How’s that for the “GUS TELLS ME YOUR 52 FOOTBALL HERO beginning of a friendship between you and me? ” The red spot on Lucy’s face glared at Ty, practically demanding to be looked at. Ty forced himself to stare into Lucy’s dark, empty eyes. “Yes,” he said in a small squeak. “That’s right,” Lucy said. ” Lucy waved the crowbar like a wand. Uncle Gus forced a smile that lasted until Lucy let go of his neck. ” Lucy asked. “They have spring football at Halpern Middle,” Ty said, avoiding his uncle’s eyes.

Ty mopped the kitchen floor, then went to work on the bathroom. He had given the toilet a final flush FRIDAY AFTER SCHOOL, UNCLE 43 TIM GREEN when he heard Charlotte squeal. He bolted back into the kitchen. A knife clattered to the bottom of the sink, and she cradled one hand in the other, stamping around the kitchen, crying. “I’m bleeding,” she said. “Oh gosh,” Ty said. ” He yanked several paper towels off the roll on the wall and handed them to her. She plastered them to the long red gash across her palm, and the blood bloomed like a rose in a science movie.

His pasty face shone red, glazed with sweat. His eyes watered, and his teeth, like his fists, were clenched beneath the bushy mustache. “You two can’t do anything without me, can you? You might as well be on the Yankees. ” “I just finished, Uncle Gus,” Ty said. ” Charlotte tossed her dust rag into a bucket and picked it up along with the vacuum, making for the door without a word. Uncle Gus pushed past her and walked into the kitchen. That’s when he roared Ty’s name. ” he shouted. Ty stepped into the doorway to see Uncle Gus stabbing his finger at the floor where three nickel-sized spots of blood glistened up at them.

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