A delightfully humorous look at a middle class family in Victorian England. It resonates with today's world - office politics, keeping up with the Jones, concern over their grown child's behavior and choices.
Imagine Seinfeld in England, in the late 1800's. This is the diary of Mr. Pooter and deals with day-to-day happenings in his life. A book of nothing about nobody.
Pooter is a middleclass nobody, as the title suggests. He works in an office, has a wife he adores and a useless son.
Mr. Pooter(don't you love the name??) decides at the begining of the book that since it is fashionable to publish one's diary he will keep one. He goes through a year of everyday events: trying to impress the boss, rubbing shoulders with the socially prominent, dealing with tradesmen, etc.
Some of the other names are classics, as well. The boss is Mr. Perkupp, we have a Mr. Posh (owns a hat business and has money), and his best friends are Cummings and Gowing.
There are fun illustrations and a small plot summary that proceeds each chapter.
All in all I really enjoyed this one.
This little book is very famous in England because it accurately depicts suburban life at the turn of the 20th Century. Written as a diary, it is easy to read and it isn't long, either. I was exasperated and amused by the diarist.
Re-issued as an Oxford World Classic, this is a diary of an ordinary, somewhat obtuse man at the end of the 19th century. His life is very ordinary, but he decides his diary should be published just like any person of import. Written by a former Gilbert and Sullivan troupe member and illustrated by his brother, it's an amusing book.