Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe
Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction: Sue Townsend, June 5—12, 2016
My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊
Adrian is now working at a bookshop and his life is no less bananas. Before long, he’s trapped in a bizarre relationship he spends most of the book trying to get out of, gets swallowed in debt further with each attempt to extract himself, and begins a bizarre feud with a swan.
Gone is the dramatic irony of a teenager who knows not what he says, but it is replaced with the cynical bluntness of a jaded adult. Mole repeats verbatim the marketing promises that he’s made by companies, with a dry wit that shows the inanity and banality of his existence. It is that joy in the mundane that makes Mole the enduring presence he has become.
There is, however, a more serious note than most. Mole’s eldest son is in the army and Mole watches the unfolding run-up to the 2003 Allied invasion of Iraq, quoting Blair’s government in real time. The condensed escalation from mooting to actual invasion is laid bare through Mole’s eyes, ending the book on an unexpectedly sombre, but beautifully written, note.
Weapons is a fantastic continuation, which could easily have concluded the series in a perfect way. But here’s hoping that it won’t.