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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.
"130 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds overnight? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier (repulsive, horrifying notion)); alcohol units 2 (excellent) cigarettes 21 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow); number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)?"
This laugh-out-loud chronicle charts a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a single girl on a permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement--in which she resolves to: 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, adulterers, workaholics, chauvinists or perverts. And learn to program the VCR.
Caught between her Singleton friends, who are all convinced they will end up dying alone and found three weeks later half-eaten by an Alsatian, and the Smug Marrieds, whose dinner parties offer ever-new opportunities for humiliation, Bridget struggles to keep her life on an even keel (or at least afloat). Through it all, she will have her readers helpless with laughter and shouting, "BRIDGET JONES IS ME!"
About the Author
Helen Fielding, a journalist and a novelist, is the author of three previous novels, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, and Cause Celeb. She also co-wrote the screenplays for the movie of Bridget Jones’s Diary and the forthcoming sequel based on Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
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