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Bridget Jones's Diary : A Novel Paperback – 1999

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014028009X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140280098
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 919 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,334,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For my British Literature class, I just finished Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The book tells the story of a year in the life of an average, single, thirty-something British woman, who, armed with only her wits and charm (and a diary), goes in search of the ever-elusive Mr. Right. Unlucky-in-love Bridget has two candidates: the fun and sexy Daniel Cleaver and the unfriendly Mark Darcy. Not surprisingly, she goes for Daniel, but he turns out to be a less-than-perfect catch. Then, just when she becomes interested in Mark (following his statement that he likes her just as she is), he begins dating Natasha, another lawyer, who is determined to marry him. Meanwhile, her parents' marriage is on the rocks and she embarks upon a career in television news.
There are many similarities between Bridget Jones's Diary and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. In both stories, the heroine is attracted to a charming rogue and repelled by his haughty former friend (whose name happens to be Darcy in both cases.) In both stories, the rogue wins her sympathy by telling her about all the rotten things his ex-friend did to him. But both heroines later discover that you can't believe everything you hear - and Darcy turns out to be the real charmer. With all these parallels, it isn't hard to determine that Helen Fielding is an Austen admirer, and that all of these similarities to Pride and Prejudice are intentional.
This book is witty and hilarious, from Bridget's list of New Years Resolutions on page 1 to her summary of the year on page 271. Furthermore, each of the characters is incredibly believable (especially Bridget), which makes it very easy for the reader to relate to this book.
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Have you ever wondered how your crush felt? Thought your life would be perfect if you could only lose a few more pounds? Fell into bed with a guy too soon? Looked like a moron during a presentation? Been consoled by your outrageous but loving friends?
Congratulations -- you're Bridget Jones. I suspect most single women are -- except for those who are always completely confident, model-thin and intellectually dazzling. (I don't know those women. Do you?)
Told in diary form, this hilarious (and quick-reading) book tells a "Pride and Prejudice"-like story of love and mishaps. Bridget works in a go-nowhere publishing job. She's madly in lust with office scoundrel Daniel and despises Mark Darcy, the divorced lawyer her mother keeps trying to set her up with.
Along the way, Bridget drinks and smokes too much, finds a new job that may or may not be better than her old one, helps her parents patch up their own problems, and watches her weight fluctuate wildly. In short: It's just like real life.
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Where do I begin???? I'm angry that I can only give this amazing novel 5 stars...it deserves at least 5 times that amount! Bridget Jones is one of the best female characters ever created! She's witty and hilarious, and heart-warming at the same time. A year in her life would be one of the most hectic experiences a person could have, and yet she handles it with grace (and wine and self-help books). She flies through a "f**kwit" boyfriend, a beastly human rights barrister being forced down her throat by a mother who runs off with a rather nasty fellow with a gentleman's handbag, a new job with a boss who starts most sentences with "I'm thinking...", and a permanent weight crisis that never seems to be resolved. Overall, this is a wonderful book, especially for any "Singletons" who are sick and tired of hearing "How's your love life?". If you don't laugh at Bridget and her escapades, there must be something wrong...maybe you didn't read her right. Anyway, pick up this jewel...you'll be glad you did!
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I will admit that when this book first came out, I thought it was about a model. Then a friend told me she loved it, I read it and laughed so hard!! I saw the movie in the theater, loved it, and of course I now own the DVD. Fielding writes with no holds barred, not afraid to put exactly what she is feeling in ink, and as it turns out, she is pretty much right on just about everything. All women obsess over their weight, why that guy hasn't called, if they look fat, and why is everyone else happy but me?! Bravo, Helen for writing one of the best and funniest books I have ever read. It is now one of my top 5 favorite books of all time.
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For those of you who have been hiding under a rock for the last 20 years and haven’t read the book or seen the movie, Bridget Jones’s Diary is the story of a single woman in her thirties in London, England. This is a hilarious book about failed relationships and unsuccessful attempts at losing weight. It is also a sharp critique of modern society where women have to have a husband, children, a house in the suburbs and a fulfilling job to be considered a success. While the story feels a bit dated (no cell phones!), the issues are still very much what a single woman would experience nowadays. In addition, Bridget Jones is a lovable character because she is not perfect, and she makes mistakes. As a result, we identify with her and understand her struggles.

Bridget Jones’s Diary has paved the way for many romantic comedies and TV series (Sex and the City anyone?), and I am really grateful for the laughs and tears it has brought on.

Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
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