There are some books that get the blurb on the back that describes them as a work of comic genius and “hilarious”. Sadly those of a certain age, and you can throw in Scoop and Three men in a Boat into this category, have dated with age.
But the pleasant surprise about The Diary of Nobody is that the main character is a man for all times. Someone unable to see themselves from an external angle and someone unable to almost completely comprehend their failure to interact with the world. The hilarity comes from Mr Pooter’s amazing sense of self confidence as the world around him turns against him.
From work colleagues, butchers and friends there is no one that Mr Pooter cannot offend but believe that he has been insulted when they react to his jokes and complaints.