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I started reading this because somewhere on the inturwebz I read someone referencing it as the basis for Youth In Revolt, one of my favorite books. And that Youth In Revolt stole it's character, narrative tone, and pretty much the substance of the book. Not much. Youth In Revolt definitely owes a debt of gratitude to Adrian Mole, but that is all. It stands on it's own feet, and has it's own merits. Adrian Mole is much more subdued. Youth In Revolt has an absurdity to it that Mole does not. I definitely rate YIR higher than Adrian Mole, that having been said, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and finished it and the first sequel in a matter of a couple afternoons. Sorry this review was mostly about Youth In Revolt and not really about The Secret Diaries Of Adrian Mole.
I think the title is misleading. There are many profound essays in this book and Why I Am Not a Christian is merely one of them & a short one at that. Many regard Bertrand Russell as a 19th Century Socrates and those who don't, should read this text. His final essay after he was denied a teaching position at City College, prior to his professorship at Harvard, I think is his best essay ever! It is so eloquently written and speaks of liberties, justices, & simple logic, so important to us all. He could have drafted the Constitution. Many did not learn in college, when assigned B.Russell, that he was an Athiest. He explains his religious (or very much lack thereof), in the first essay in this book, prior to giving his opinion on religions in general. His intellect and his ability to communicate are inspiring. He says so much in so few words. As befitting his style & at his prior request, there was no religious ceremony after his death, in the mid 20th century. His ashes were spread over the Welsh Mountains. His literary works live on!