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Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett



The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett I actually read this one twice, because it's so short, and it became my first "official" finish of 2009. It's a little charmer of a book, about what might happen were the Queen to take up a hobby _ reading, for example, as she does when she encounters the mobile library van outside the palace kitchens.

Soon, unexpected accommodations are having to be made by her staff as she starts to lose interest in public life and become more and more absorbed in her reading. Bennett has a very deft touch, and manages to say an awful lot, not just about the Queen, but reading and readers in general, in a very small book _ it's only 124 pages but well worth your time (about an hour or so, give or take.)

Also reviewed here:

http://readingadventures.blogspot.com/2008/12/uncommon-reader-by-alan-bennett.html

5 comments:

Joanne said...

Great pick for your first read of 2009! I thought this was a fun read.

Marg said...

I enjoyed this read as well.

Nymeth said...

Must.read.this.now!

softdrink said...

This one is on my list for the challenge, too. I'm looking forward to it!

Sandra said...

I enjoyed this one too.