Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend

Adrian Mole is now 34 3/4 years old and as the story begins he has canceled his holiday in Cyprus because of Tony Blair’s warnings that Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction could target the island in 45 minutes.  Unfortunately, his travel agent won’t refund his deposit until evidence of the WMDs is put forward.  Soooo, true to form, Adrian writes a series of letters to Mr. Blair requesting that Mr. Blair provide this proof to said travel agent.

Although the war does bring a sad note to the story (Adrian’s son is called to action), this is still a humorous glimpse into the life of a mostly lovable but clueless character.   Despite the fact that he is now in his thirties, Adrian is still touchingly naive and surprisingly gauche.  The naivete still works for me but some of his blundering simply isn’t as humorous as it was when he was a teenager.  That said, I still enjoyed the book.  I love the accounts of Gielgud the Swan and the related correspondence between Adrian and Trixie Meadows of the City Council.  I love the relationship between Adrian and his son, Glen.  I love the Robbie storyline even though it is heart-wrenching.  I was annoyed by the relationship between Adrian and Marigold but c’est la vie.

Others’ reviews of Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction have been mixed as well.  There is  much praise for Sue Townsend’s  flair for satire which is warranted.  There is some debate over Adrian’s likeableness this time around, but I don’t think there’s any doubt that he comes across as a very real, human character.

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