Diary of a Nobody is near perfect as a piece of English comedy, its humor gentle and subtle, its depiction of character, class, time and location flawless. It fixes. : The Diary of a Nobody (): George Grossmith: Books. Aug 26, Channelling a razor-sharp satire through the everyday mishaps of the immortal comic character Mr Pooter, George and Weedon Grossmith’s.

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Archived from the original on 10 July Christmas passes happily enough, despite a supper party which degenerates into a food fight instigated by Daisy. Jun 02, FoodxHugs rated it really liked it Shelves: The ending is also clearly an attempt at coherency which the story was never supposed to have. grossmigh

The only part that relates to the modern world is the relationship between the protagonist, Mr Pooter and his son Lupin. In cases such as these, writes Bailey, “disdain could change to admiration and national self-identification, as the Little Man The Diary of a Nobody was the work of George Grossmith and his brother Weedon Grossmiththe sons of a court reporter and part-time stage groszmith, also named George.

May 30, Cecily rated it did not like it Shelves: As a person who has never even seen a domestic servant much less employed one, the battle of control betw Mr.

I realised that would probably be a mistake. Or, maybe it’s just me He works for a financial firm. Who would have thought the vain thoughts and actions of a completely unimportant person with big ideas about his own personality were meticulously documented and published back then already, including lists of food, what to wear on what occasion, social encounters, small run-ins with friends and family, hopelessly disappointing egocentric grown-up children?

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Much easier and more pleasant to read than something by Dickens, and leaves out the mundane descriptions with which most writers of the Victorian age felt compelled to saturate their writing.


I believe Evelyn Waugh called it the “funniest novel in the world”! Birrell wrote that he ranked Charles Pooter alongside Don Quixote as a comic literary figure, and added a note of personal pride that one of the characters in the book—”an illiterate charwoman, it is true”—carried his name. Conflict with friends, troubles with his son, an obsession with promotion.

It turns out to be shabby and down-at-heel; furthermore, having liberally supplied fellow-guests—among them Mr Padge—with food and drink which he thinks is free, Pooter is presented at the end with a large bill that he can barely afford to pay. This is my response to this book: I’d thought somehow it would be depressing the title sounded melancholy to mebut the point turns out to be poking fun at someone who is completely average, to whit, the middle class or is it lower middle class?

I enjoyed the deadpan humor, and my enjoyment was enhanced by the splendid narration of the book by Martin Clifton. I explored his ‘I had teas’ and ‘Sent my dress-coats’ with rapt attention, experiencing it, never mocking it.

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This book celebrates the mundane rather than the extraordinary. Georbe Pooter is a City of London clerk with Perkupps, vrossmith an accountancy or private banking firm though their business is not explicitly stated.

My only regret is that I did not commence it when I was a youth. George and Weedon Grossmith. Forstercharacters emerged who, despite the recognisably Pooterish aspects of their lives, were by no means entirely absurd. This group has been designated for adults age 18 or older. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. They laughed at the office a good bit too over it.

Charles Pooter is constantly throwing out gags and half-arsed one-liners to people. Not sure if I recommend the novel, as it is rather boring, like reading online what a friend had dizry breakfast, with an accompanying picture, but on the other hand, we like that kind of sharing, don’t we?


I snickered, neglecting to tell him about our vagina transplant. All throughout the book, Pooter attempts to be funny making puns, and while they are occasionally cute, the best part is Pooter’s reaction to these puns, laughing outrageously at himself and thinking grosmith so clever. The Diary records the daily events in the lives of a London clerk, Charles Pooter, his wife Carrie, his son Lupin, and numerous friends and acquaintances over a period of 15 months.

I thought gtossmith should never stop laughing.

The Diary of a Nobody

It is full of satirical one liners and awkward moments that still have contemporary resonance. Want to Read saving…. Pooter shared his experiences and pitfalls with common home grossjith projects. Pooter overindulges in champagne and humiliates Carrie by collapsing on the dance floor.

The Pooters meet a new friend of Lupin’s, Mr Murray Posh, who Pooter thinks is somewhat over-familiar with Daisy and might, he warns Lupin, be a rival for her hand. 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. Thirty years before Sinclair Lewis published Babbit and set the standard for smug, self-important middle-class conformity, there was The Diary of a Nobody and Charles Pooter.

The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith

I said to myself, never heard of that, is it a real nobkdy I don’t know exactly why, it simply didn’t appeal to me. No, we shall better not. The Diary made its initial appearance as an intermittent serial in the satirical weekly magazine Punch.