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   Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
by Helen Fielding

Category: Fiction / General
352 pages; ISBN: 0 330 36735 8

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Ben Goodale


At the end of Bridget Jones` Diary, the earlier bestseller by Helen Fielding, Bridget was whisked away by heart-throb Mark Darcy, we assumed to live happily ever after, no longer worrying about her weight, cigarette and alcohol consumption, 1471 calls, and instants abuse.

Well, not quite. In this sequel which picks up where the last left us, we are treated to another year of Bridget`s neuroticism as she struggles with her inner self. This is done via the medium of 47 self-help books such as "What Men Want", "How Men Think and What They Feel", "Why Men Feel They Want What They Think They Want", not to mention "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus", etc etc, Jude`s singleton friends Jude and Shazzer, married Magda, awful nasty Rebecca, Vile Richard, and of course her mad Mother. And let`s not forget either Mark Darcy or a surreal walk-on part for Colin Firth.

If you haven`t read the first book you won`t have any trouble with this one, but you`d be mad not to read the original as it is probably the better of the two books. It`s a pretty simple format, a la Adrian Mole, where the book is in diary entry form which allows for wonderful comedy as the days and weeks unfold. In this second book we go a little deeper and to an extent I felt I lost my sympathy for Bridget a little as she fell victim to her very own "fuckwitticism" by failing to maintain a proper relationship, overeliance on neurotic single friends and being a disaster at work, not to mention hilariously screwing up her interview in Rome with Colin Firth - but as this is a comedy and she is our heroine you can`t get too worked up. Just enjoy it.

There are more great cooking disasters, a major overseas catastrophe, dodgy flat renovation, and general mayhem and chaos as Bridget just gets on with life. Thoroughly readable, you`ll rip through it.


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