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The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 By Sue Townsend Plot Summary, Characterization, Themes, Author

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4Author: Sue TownsendPublished: Mandarin Paperbacks, 1983Setting: from Thursday January 1st to Saturday April 3rd (Two years later)Plot SummaryAdrian is an acne plagued thirteen-year-old teenager who reports his thoughts and experiences in his secret diary every day. He finds himself confronted with all sorts of problems, worries about his father who works all day and is a heavy smoker and drinker, about his dog that runs away and regularly has to be taken to the vets, about his health (he's a hypochondriac), about his spots and lots of other things. Adrian's parents split up because his mother has fallen in love with the neighbor, Mr. Lucas (nickname: "Lucas Creep"). He also struggles not to be blackmailed and brutalized by a fellow pupil, Barry Kent. The naïve schoolboy injects the diary from time to time with humorous details. Adrian soon falls in love with Pandora (nickname: "Box"), who belongs to a higher social class. While he tries to gain the girl's admiration, his father becomes infatuated with Doreen Slater (nickname: "Stick Insect"), who's child, Maxwell, Adrian often has to look after and his mother has gone to live in Sheffield with Mr. Lucas. Moreover his father is made redundant as an electric radiator salesman, which results in serious financial problems. Whenever the problems get too bad Adrian goes to his grandmother who comforts him by preparing him a good meal and by squeezing his spots. Adrian and his father even move in with her for a while when Mr. Mole is not able to pay the electricity bill. The snobby boy joins a samaritan organization where he has to look after an old, dirty man, Bert Bexter. Bert's dog is called Sabre and in the beginning Adrian fears the big dog. Later he starts liking Bert Bexter and his dog. In school Adrian and Pandora start the magazine "The Voice of Youth". They make 500 copies of the first issue and to their disappointment they sell not more than 20 copies. Adrian takes the part of Joseph in an experimental nativity play. His best friend Nigel is kind of a rival to him, in the beginning of the diary they both want Pandora to be their girlfriend and Adrian writes down that Nigel is not his friend anymore till the day when Nigel says that he does not like Pandora. At home his mother abandons Lucas Creep and is reconciled with Adrian's father. His father tries to start his own business. Although Adrian is very naïve and ignorant he believes himself to be an intellectual. He writes poetry and sends it to the BBC (only to get an uprising letter in return), he considers himself to be an expert on the Norwegian leather industry ever since they discussed this subject in school and he claims to be the best read-boy in his class. He even reads Sakharov`s Progress, Coexistence and Intellectual Freedom which after having red some pages, he judges them to be "inestimably boring". Adrian is also very intolerant when the new neighbors, the Singhs, an Indian...

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