At a glance:
- Author: Sue Townsend
- First Published: 1982
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Domestic realism and social realism
- Time of Work: 1981-1982
- Setting: The English Midlands
- Characters: Adrian Mole, George Mole, Pauline Mole, Pandora, Bert Baxter, Nigel, Barry Kent, Grandma Mole, Mr. Lucas
- Genres: Long fiction, Social realism, Domestic realism, Novel
- Subjects: Parents and children, Adolescence, Teenagers, Sex or sexuality, 1980's, England or English people, Single parents or single-parent families, Divorce
- Locales: Europe, Midlands, England, United Kingdom
Form and Content
Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ is a first-person account of the day-to-day events in the life of a young boy in Midlands England in the early 1980’s. Because of the diary style of narration, all the characters and events are presented through the eyes of Adrian Mole. Nevertheless, the reader comes to know intimately not only Adrian but also the other characters in his family and his school. Adrian’s diary is understated, ironic, and humorous in tone. He is a naïve, even a comic, character, yet his dilemmas are so human...
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