The Diary of a Nobody
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Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: February 2009
Duration: 4 hours 33 minutes
Says Charles Pooter, "I fail to see-because I do not happen to be a 'somebody'-why my diary should not be interesting." Surprisingly, Mr. Pooter's life is fascinating! The fascination is two-fold: firstly, his astounding arrogance that we should care about his domestic trivia and narcissistic scribblings. Secondly, we can all sympathize with (and wince at!) this ridiculous slave to convention.
Above all, Mr. Pooter's life is funny! His constant battles with tradesmen, his pathetic pride and banal wit, his clashes with his carefree son, his absurd social crises and petty dilemmas: all are part of Mr. Pooter's life as a worried, proud, and anxious Nobody! Listeners are certain to learn why Hilaire Belloc asserted that Pooter was "an immortal achievement."
"[A] masterpiece of comic irony...Frederick Davidson's impeccable reading is truly inspired, in perfect unity with the Pooteresque view of the world."-AudioFile
GEORGE GROSSMITH (1847-1912) and WEEDON GROSSMITH (1852-1919), were brothers whose father was a friend of Henry Irving (whose theater was managed by Bram Stoker), Ellen Terry and her family, and other theatrical people. Both pursued successful theatrical careers. In 1852 The Diary of a Nobody began to appear in Punch, with text by both brothers and illustrations by Weedon. Its popularity with a wide range of readership was immediate, and has not faltered.