- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 516 KB
- Print Length: 310 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan (1 September 1997)
- Sold by: Macmillan (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004S49Z3W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 497 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,356 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Bridget Jones is channeling something so universal and (horrifyingly) familiar that readers will giggle and sigh with collective delight."
"Fielding . . . has rummaged all too knowingly through the bedrooms, closets, hearts, and minds of women everywhere."
"Hilarious and poignant."
--"The Washington Post"
"Bridget Jones's diary has made her the best friend of hundreds of thousands of women."
--"The New York Times"
"A brilliant comic creation. Even men will laugh."
Bridget Jones is channeling something so universal and (horrifyingly) familiar that readers will giggle and sigh with collective delight.
Fielding . . . has rummaged all too knowingly through the bedrooms, closets, hearts, and minds of women everywhere.
Hilarious and poignant.
"The Washington Post"
Bridget Jones s diary has made her the best friend of hundreds of thousands of women.
"The New York Times"
A brilliant comic creation. Even men will laugh.
Salman Rushdie" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Back Cover
It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It's like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting 'Cathy' and banging your head against a tree.
Bridget Jones's Diary documents Bridget's struggles through the social minefield of her thirties - the merits of being a singleton versus a smug married, the advantages of wearing a see-through top to work, and how to handle her crazed match-making mother. Through it all she is supported by four indispensable friends: Shazzer, Jude, Tom and a bottle of chardonnay. Is this a dazzling urban satire of modern relationships? An ironic, tragic insight into the demise of the nuclear family? Or the confused ramblings of a pissed thirty-something?
Bridget Jones's Diary was first published in 1996 and applauded by critics from Salman Rushdie to Jilly Cooper. A number-one bestseller, it has sold over fifteen million copies worldwide and has become an indisputable modern classic.
'Helen Fielding is one of the funniest writers in Britain and Bridget Jones is a creation of a comic genius' Nick Hornby
'Any woman who has ever had a job, a relationship or indeed a mother will read it and roar' The Times--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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The book reflects the career of a tertiary educated youngish, thirtyish ,professional,single woman who has to negotiate her way through a minefield of sexual politics for which there are no set rules.
In the sixties and seventies the search for a partner had extended to a later stage especially when the setting is in a capital city like London.What an opportunity to reinvent oneself A dangerous practice to say the least.The book deals with all these problems in the form of a day to day diary .A very engrossing format.
For me I married and left London in my twenties and went to live in Oz thus avoiding a very difficult period of a feminist search for identity
I bought the book to find out what I missed by leaving London at that time
Did B Jones find her Mr Darcy ? Read the book and find out.
The book, too, was also funny and in a format that made it a breeze to read – a diary – as the title suggests. Some sections were repetitive, hence the removal of 1 Star, but the reading pace was quick. However, the novel is longer than I expected.
Some women might be offended by the self-deprecating, hormonal, shallow, heavy-drinking, weight obsessed behaviour of a young woman surrounded by her equally shallow, but very good and supportive friends.
For me, this was the actual point of the story. Dilute that aspect, and you would have nothing but vanilla mush.
I read this novel as satire, not as a work of philosophical meaning. The way you perceive the story comes down to perspective. The baggage you take into the journey will affect your perspective. Ultimately, Bridget is fictional and she becomes likeable because she is flawed and extremely unlucky.
This, for me, is light reading and should be taken as such.
It is satire after all.
The good thing these days is that you can read a little of the Amazon 'Look Inside' free feature and decide if it's for you.
Personally, I believe that the film was better for once. Not by much, though. But, I did see the movie first which may have affected my point of view.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)
I decided to read it after I had seen the movie, and I wasn't disappointed.
The quality of writing is excellent, which means the book delivers great entertainment value.
Well worth a read!
Top international reviews
The events described invite comments such as Hilarious, Exaggerated, Ridiculous, Outrageous and Exhausting.
One event which made me smile was when Bridget is being quizzed for a post as Commentator on some whacky TV show. It concerns some celebrity English actor who had been arrested for having oral sex with a prostitute in a car parked up somewhere in Hollywood Hills; "Why?" said her interviewer, "Why, three months later, is he still with his equally famous English girlfriend. How did he get away with it?" "Any suggestions Bridget?"
Bridget hesitated and said "Perhaps someone swallowed the evidence?". "Brilliant" said the interviewer and laughed out loud.
I myself never saw the Film but I do remember the lead actress being interviewed by Parkinson, who confronted the audience with a clip from the film in which Bridget is shown in bed with her boyfriend when the phone rings. "Oh! its you Mum". The Film differs somewhat from the Book but the script was also written by the Helen Fielding.
The Book is a "Must Read" and the Film is a "Must Watch".
It remains very funny, closely structured and well written. But sadly it falls between two stools - in another thirty years it will rank alongside Jane Austen and appear on Eng Lit syllabuses - rightly so.
Still the same ending. Love Bridget and still think she was no more overweight than a drinking stradw.
The film adaptation of the book has stayed very close to the story in the book, so if you have seen the film (as I have), you will already know how the story goes; despite this, I still really enjoyed reading it. Bridget Jones's Diary is funny and heart-warming and the title character's observations of day-to-day life are very close-to-the-mark, so much so that I had to smile at the number of times her diary entries reflected my own opinions and experiences. Bridget is very down to earth and her worries and insecurities are an echo of those experienced by women of all ages.
Well worth the purchase price, will now progress to Edge of Reason!