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Bridget Jones's Diaryby Helen Fielding
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Bridget Jones is the character that Helen Fielding invented to record the trials and tribulations of being a single woman in her thirties, adding a reworking of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to hilarious result. Bridget Jones's Diary was a nationwide phenomenon both in the States as well as in Fielding's native England and for good reason. Fielding hits a chord with nearly every woman by brilliantly satirizing Bridget's insecurities about weight, desirability, and her eternal struggle to find a happy balance between career and love. Actually, finding a love life to be happy about is one of Bridget's major ambitions.
And when she's not dealing with her lambasting mother from suburban hell, who ups and leaves Bridget's father for a smooth talking latin type, Bridget is drinking too much Chardonnay with her best pals discussing Jude's commitment-phobe boyfriend, Vile Richard. Bridget's diary covers a year in the life, ranging from dinners with her "smug married" friends to the horrors of communal changing rooms, comparing the latest self-help advice to drunkenly ranting feminism in her favorite bars. Fielding is a smart and funny writer. Bridget encompasses the qualities of your best girlfriend, who commits the embarrassing mistakes you hope never to make, while causing you to laugh out loud again and again.
Bridget Jones's Diary charts a devastatingly self-aware, hilarious year in the life of a thirty-something Singleton. Here is the daily chronicle of her permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement - a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1 1/2 inches, visit the gym three times a week not merely to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and not fall for any of the following: misogynists, megalomaniacs, people with girlfriends or wives, emotional fuckwits, alcoholics, workaholics, chauvinists, or perverts. And learn to program the VCR. Bridget struggles to keep her life on an even keel - or at least afloat. Whenever her plans meet with disaster, as they invariably do, she manages to pick herself up, go out on the town, and tell herself it will be all right in the morning, when life will definitely be different this time. Bridget Jones's Diary will make you like yourself for precisely those things you're most ashamed of.
"The juicy diary tells the truth with a verve as appealing to men on Mars as it is to Venusian women." Entertainment Weekly
"Newspaper columnist Fielding's first effort, a bestseller in Britain, lives up to the hype. This year in the life of a single woman is closely observed and laugh-out-loud funny....Fielding's diarist raises prickly insecurities to an art form, turns bad men into good anecdotes, and shows that it is possible to have both a keen eye for irony and a generous heart." Kirkus Reviews
"Bridget Jones is channeling something so universal and (horrifyingly) familiar that readers will giggle and sigh with collective delight." Elle
"Unforgettably droll" Newsweek
A new edition of the bestseller for release alongisde the movie. Bridget Jones wants to have it all - and once she's given up smoking and got down to 8st 7lbs, she will. This book is about a year in the life of a single girl on an optimistic but doomed quest for self-improvement.
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