In the course of the year recorded in Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget confides her hopes,her dreams, and her fluctuating weight, not to mention her consumption of 5277 cigarettes. In 365 days, she gains 74 pounds. On the other hand, she loses 72! There is also the unspoken New Year’s resolution–the quest for the right man. Alas, here Bridget goes severely off course when she has an affair with her charming cad of a boss. Fielding reveals the lighter side of despair, self-doubt, and obsession, and also satirises everything from self-help books (they don’t sound half as sensible to Bridget when she’s sober) to feng shui, Cosmopolitan-style.
What the Armchair Critics Thought:
Our members had strong opinions about this book. They either found it screamingly funny, or they found it silly and senseless! Those who found it funny enjoyed the satire of everyday single life and the ironic situations Bridget finds herself in. The parallels with “Pride and Prejudice” were also amusing. Those who found the “Diary” annoying thought that Jones was unbelievably inept and self-delusional! We concluded that you have to be in the mood for something light and airy in order to appreciate the humour in this book.