Books: Meander Miss Jones

Bridget's still hapless, but she's not so cute

Oh dear, oh dear. By the time Bridget has landed in a Thai prison (don't ask) more than halfway through Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (Viking; 338 pages; $24.95), the reader is beyond caring. Hapless is one thing--as the tremendous popularity of Bridget Jones's Diary showed, hapless can be endearing. But hapless with no sign of a learning curve, in a sequel that has none of the novelty of the original yet is much longer--now that will try the patience of even a Bridget fan.

Bridget Jones's Diary, originally a column by Helen Fielding in Britain's Independent newspaper (and soon...

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