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Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years (Original 2009; 2009. Auflage)

von Sue Townsend (Autor)

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When we last heard from Adrian, he had fallen in love with Daisy Flowers and they had embarked on a new life with their baby, Gracie. Fast-forward four years and Adrian's life is in turmoil again. Living in the Piggeries is far from ideal, middle age is beckoning and the ups and downs of parenthood are still plaguing him.… (mehr)
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  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Adrian is now approaching 40, his son Glenn is in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban, Adrian is having problems with his prostate and his marriage to Daisy is falling apart.

Adrian is living in a concerted pigsty and working at a bookshop.

Mr Carlton-Hughes who owns the bookshop is ill. He lives with his friend Leslie but Adrian doesn’t know whether Leslie is a man or a woman.

Adrian’s little daughter Gracie is quite the dictator and wins every argument against him.

He is still an incessant letter-writer. He writes to a man who has attained the advanced age of 109 pestering him about how he has kept his hair. (Apparently Adrian has not.)

He has written a play, Plague!, set in the medieval countryside and has given lines to over 60 people.

He informs us that he is 20 per cent agnostic and 80 per cent atheist, but still feels guilty about not going to church.

Tony Blair has finally resigned as leader of the Labour party and will be standing down as P.M. (So apropos these present days when Theresa May has done the same vis-á-vis the Conservative party.)

Gordon Brown is the new PM and Adrian immediately commences to write to him and ask him to look into his tax affairs.

Daisy now weighs thirteen stone twelve ounces, which would be great if she were a light-heavyweight boxer.

It is raining incessantly. On Sunday 1st July smoking in a public place or place of work is forbidden. “Though if you are a lunatic, a prisoner, an MP or a member of the Royal Family you are exempt.”

Re MPs being exempt, ha, ha! – no surprise there – they exempt themselves from everything!

Adrian’s parents are smoking fanatics.

One of the boys at Gracie’s nursery school has a packed lunch of “two bags of crisps, a bottle of Coke, a bag of Haribo sweets, and a cheese string”. This is no doubt taken from real life.

Daisy meets Hugo-Fairfax-Lycett, soon to be her lover.
Adrian’s blind friend falls in love with another blind man much to Adrian’s perturbation.

There are many storylines in the book but the main one is Adrian’s bladder/prostate problem. The title of the book “The prostrate years” is a pun referring to the fact that most of Adrian’s uninformed family and friends refer to his sickly gland as his “prostrate” when in fact the correct word is “prostate”, and Adrian on account of his problem is “completely overcome with distress and exhaustion” (definition of “prostrate” in the Oxford English Dictionary).

It turns out that Adrian has cancer so his life revolves around his visits to the hospital for chemo treatments.

I understand from the dedications at the beginning of the book that Sue Townsend herself had health problems while writing the book (and in general I know had severe health problems).

One thing is certain in my view – one of Sue Townsend’s main achievements was transforming the negative into the positive, and despite her poor health and suffering became one of the funniest writers in Britain, brightening up the lives of her readers by her humorous books, not least the Adrian Mole diaries. ( )
  IonaS | Jun 15, 2019 |
Painful, funny, wise, and unbelievably thick, Adrian Mole lives on...and he's almost caught up to my age. Not sure how to feel about that. But, no doubt, I'll read the next installment. ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
It has been a while since I have read an Adrian Mole book. This was entertaining and took me back to those years with it's mix of current affairs going on in the background, but it was OK rather than great. Adrian's life has definitely taken a turn for the worse since I last read about him, and that's saying something. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Apr 11, 2015 |
It's difficult to say good bye to the character and writer that you loved. It's not as perfect as other novels from Adrian Mole's series but still very good. It's much darker, probably corresponding to Sue Townsend own deteriorating health. It is left the Adrian Mole story unfinished. Sad. ( )
  everfresh1 | May 26, 2014 |
I was completely delighted by the latest volume, Adrian Mole: the Prostrate Years, which is sweeter, darker, more sentimental and more grim than the earlier installments.
hinzugefügt von lampbane | bearbeitenBoing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Nov 3, 2009)
 

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When we last heard from Adrian, he had fallen in love with Daisy Flowers and they had embarked on a new life with their baby, Gracie. Fast-forward four years and Adrian's life is in turmoil again. Living in the Piggeries is far from ideal, middle age is beckoning and the ups and downs of parenthood are still plaguing him.

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