Bridget Jones is a wryly humorous, voyeuristic look into the
life of a young thirty-something who is set upon
improving herself while trying to balance her world on a set of
conflicting beliefs. On the one hand she purports to be a staunchly
"feminist", and yet she is utterly desperate for a man to call her own.
In point of fact, Bridget
and her other unattached cronies are all convinced that they'll die alone
and will be discovered weeks later half-eaten by an Alsatian. This
desperation tends to drive Bridget into relationships with some real
sleazebag losers, which, while doing nothing helpful for her self-esteem,
does wonders for her dieting.
Add to all this the fact that
Bridget has finally reached that difficult point in life where she has to
be the adult in her family. She has to handle her dad's pitiful
middle-of-the-night phone calls while her mum, who left home in the throes of an
end-of-life crisis, plays at living a wild carefree life as a television
personality with a new youngish boyfriend, all the while trying to throw
Bridget at her neighbor's rich, newly-divorced barrister son.
worked for me:
I totally relate to Bridget's neuroses concerning food and calorie
counting, as I imagine millions of other women in the world do.
I also understand her worries about fitting into the world and trying so
hard to present herself as someone who "belongs" appearance and
intelligence-wise. Bridget's attempts
at self-improvement in those areas were funny but also terribly bittersweet.
Though it sometimes seemed a bit
much, the terse telegraphic writing style lent itself very well to giving
the feel of reading someone else's journal. And it was certainly fun trying to decipher those cryptic entries made when Bridget'd had a few too
Size-wise Bridget was at best on
the plump side of average, but she felt as though she was much larger than
that. When she managed to shed the "extra" weight, all her friends
couldn't help but ask her if she was ill and where her bosom had gone to.
What didn't work for me:
characters were more like "caricatures" as they were so incredibly
over-the-top in many respects, and at times I found their antics and
attitudes wearing. (Well, you know how the psychobabble goes . . if
you don't like someone, odds are it's because she reminds you of yourself.
I am fervently hoping that this isn't actually true!)
A fun, fast read for those who want to have a few laughs and feel better about their own
lot in life. After all, things could be worse. You could be Bridget!
Warning: coarse language and sexual
references abound, and if you abhor calorie obsessions, then skip over the
headers to each entry in this book.
If you liked "Bridget Jones's Diary" you might also enjoy
"Love at Large",
"Coffee and Kung Fu",
"Good in Bed",
"Last Chance Saloon", "Jemima J.",
"Getting Over It",
and "Having It and Eating It".
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