Bridget Jones’s Baby
Bridget Jones, beloved Singleton and global phenomenon, is back with a bump in Bridget Jones's Baby: The Diaries.
8:45 P.M. Realize there have been so many times in my life when have fantasized about going to a scan with Mark or Daniel: just not both at the same time.
Before motherhood, before marriage, Bridget with biological clock ticking very, very loudly, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at the eleventh hour: a joyful pregnancy which is dominated, however, by a crucial but terribly awkward question – who is the father? Mark Darcy: honourable, decent, notable human rights lawyer? Or Daniel Cleaver: charming, witty, notable fuckwit?
9:45 PM It’s like they’re two halves of the perfect man, who’ll spend the rest of their lives each wanting to outdo the other one. And now it’s all enacting itself in my stomach.
In this gloriously funny, touching story of baby-deadline panic, maternal bliss, and social, professional, technological, culinary and childbirth chaos, Bridget Jones – global phenomenon and the world’s favorite Singleton – is back with a bump.
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Saturday 24 June Noon. London: my flat. Oh God. Oh God. Am beyond late and hung-over and everything is absolutely terrib— Oooh, goody! Telephone!
“Oh, hello, darling, guess what?”—my mother. “We’ve just been at...
“‘What would the Dalai Lama do?’ Bridget asks herself. . . . One hopes the Dalai Lama gets his hands on this book as soon as possible. If he can’t clear up the morality questions, he’ll at least get a good laugh.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Daniel . . . has the best lines. . . . Again and again he comes up with smutty one-liners that steal the show and make you wish [Hugh] Grant could have been in the film, entertaining as it was without him. . . . Fielding also nails the pretentious absurdity of the London literary scene. . . . Nor does she skimp on some home truths about single women in their thirties being brainwashed into thinking they have to play so hard-to-get, that they don’t in fact get until it’s too late. I was expecting a lame retread of the film but I couldn’t have been more wrong, I realised, as I turned the pages, crying with laughter. Bridget Jones is as relevant and funny today as she has always been.” —Evening Standard
“The newest of the Bridget Jones chronicles is, like all of Helen Fielding’s novels, well-paced and well-crafted, as symmetrical and solidly constructed as an Oreo.” —Molly Young, The New York Times
“Pages devoured: 216. Embarrassing laugh-out-loud moments on public transport: numerous. Overall thoughts on latest Bridget Jones book: V.v.v. gd. . . . Helen Fielding reminds us once again that she’s the Queen of encapsulating the female experience in all its messy, funny and emotional glory with her fourth Bridget Jones book. . . . This is the Bridget we were all clamouring to see: in a chaotic conundrum over who the father of her baby is—Mark or Daniel. . . . Daniel gets some of the funniest lines, and there’s a couple of poignant reprises of Bridget and Mark’s most memorable lines. It’s short, pacy and perfect.” —Bridport and Lyme Regis News (UK) (9/10)
“[I]t’s funny! . . . I was feeling down when I started the book, sobbing over my own failures. . . . And then [after starting to read it] the world doesn’t seem quite so bad because Bridge is still in it. She’s still hopeless but optimistic. . . . [I]t’s all strangely comforting. . . . [A]s sweet as a Flake, and far less messy.” —Daily Mail
PRAISE FOR BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY
“Sharp and humorous . . . Snappily written, observationally astute . . . Genuinely moving.” —New York Times Book Review
“Bridget's back! And as irrepressible as ever . . . Sweet, clever and funny. Yay Bridget!” —People (five stars)
“Tender and comic.” —The New Yorker
“Feels like visiting with your funniest friend.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Sweet and satisfying.” —USA Today