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Book Title: The Diary of a Nobody|
The author of the book: George Grossmith
ISBN 13: 9781543069938
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Reader ratings: 6.8
Edition: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of issue: February 12th 2017
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Well, what can I say?
Bloggers, Facebookers - who would have thought you had a predecessor in Victorian England?
Who would have thought the vain thoughts and actions of a completely unimportant person with big ideas about his own personality were meticulously documented and published back then already, including lists of food, what to wear on what occasion, social encounters, small run-ins with friends and family, hopelessly disappointing egocentric grown-up children? If he had had a smartphone, the dear Mr Nobody would have posted a picture of his dinner on his blog each night. As it is, he simply writes down the minute by minute of his event-less life. He is so proud of his puns that he repeats them to himself and laughs out loud. If he had a blog, he would count the likes and share "the joke of the day" with all his acquaintances.
An unspectacular read, which leaves two reflections. First of all, humans have always had the need to be "seen" and "heard" by others, to distinguish themselves from the crowd and to stick out. That is not new, and our technology simply makes it easier to reach outside our own community. My second thought was that the novel obviously is sarcastic, making fun of this need. It seems to me that it is harder to laugh at it nowadays, as we all indulge in the illusion of visibility (to different degrees) today. Who can still laugh at it silently? Without repeating the joke on Goodreads, counting the likes?
Not me. For here I am, writing another review to be posted and shared. As much as I shun other social media, Goodreads satisfies that wish to share in my world, and I would be beyond hypocritical if I made fun of the human need of the boring, boasting Everyman in the diary. He might be a Nobody, but he surely pointed towards the future in a more realistic way than many other Victorian heroes.
Not sure if I recommend the novel, as it is rather boring, like reading online what a friend had for breakfast, with an accompanying picture, but on the other hand, we like that kind of sharing, don't we?
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Read information about the authorGeorge Grossmith was an English comedian, writer, composer, actor, and singer. His performing career spanned more than four decades. As a writer and composer, he created 18 comic operas, nearly 100 musical sketches, some 600 songs and piano pieces, three books and both serious and comic pieces for newspapers and magazines. Grossmith is best remembered for two aspects of his career. First, he created a series of nine memorable characters in the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan from 1877 to 1889, including Sir Joseph Porter, in H.M.S. Pinafore (1878), the Major-General in The Pirates of Penzance (1880) and Ko-Ko in The Mikado (1885–87). Second, he wrote, in collaboration with his brother Weedon, the 1892 comic novel Diary of a Nobody.
Grossmith was also famous in his day for performing his own comic piano sketches and songs, both before and after his Gilbert and Sullivan days, becoming the most popular British solo performer of the 1890s. Some of his comic songs endure today, including "See Me Dance the Polka". He continued to perform into the first decade of the 20th century. His son, George Grossmith, Jr., became a famous actor, playwright and producer of Edwardian musical comedies.
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