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Bennett illuminatingly imagines the Queen being at first daunted by Jane Austen: so far distant in terms of rank, she is unable to appreciate the – to her – relatively small social divisions between Austen's characters. This is the most polite way imaginable of accusing the Queen of being out of touch; but then, as Bennett observes, commoners too lose their minds when summoned to the presence. Look at poor Andrew Marr's The Diamond Queen, for instance. The mistake, of course, is to see Elizabeth "Windsor" as a person. As with the popular children's work, The Queen's Knickers, The Uncommon Reader is a piece of audacious lèse majesté which, in an earlier age, would have put its author's head on a spike.
Who would guess that reading books could prompt a constitutional crisis? In Britain this strange and unusual scenario does indeed play out, at least in this delightful political-social comedy by a celebrated British writer. One day the queen takes inadvertent advantage of a bookmobile that happens to arrive at a Buckingham Palace back door; she rather accidentally borrows a book. She'd never taken much interest in reading. She read, of course, as one did, but liking books was something she left to other people
Alan Bennett is one of the greatest comic writers alive, and The Uncommon Reader is Bennett at his best-touching, thoughtful, hilarious, and exquisite in its observations. Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones's Diary. Hilarious and stunning. The conceit offered here by Mr. Bennett, the beloved British author and dramatist, is that a woman of power can find and love the power in books. The Uncommon Reader is a political and literary satire. But it's also a lovely lesson in the redemptive and subversive power of reading and how one book can lead to another and another and another. But most of all, The Uncommon Reader is a lot of fun to read. Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today. One of the most subtly ingratiating prose stylists of our time.
Bennett’s clever story humorously captures both the joy of reading and the frustration readers face in the company of nonreaders. He also aims to show how much reading can transform a person, as well as how an informed reader can transform a book. The Queen becomes a new person, a person formed by Proust, Dickens, Hardy and Austen, inter alios, and she is the better for it. Evaluation: A delightful way to pass an hour or two.
Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader tells the tale of the Queen falling madly in love with reading to the point of addiction. You need to read the book to find out). Bennett’s portrayal of the Queen beautifully captures the mental state of a true avid reader. Although the story is a little slow-paced, especially at the beginning, Bennett’s elegant writing quickly redeems itself. The book’s tone is light, humorous, and can be read in one sitting (by an avid book reader like the Queen, of course!). The Queen’s characteristics will truly resonate with many book addicts around the world.
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Alan Bennett (born 9 May 1934) is an English playwright, screenwriter, actor, and author. He was born in Leeds and attended Oxford University, where he studied history and performed with the Oxford Revue. His collaboration as writer and performer with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe at the 1960 Edinburgh Festival brought him instant fame
Nab essay: Alan Bennett Talking Heads In Bennett's monologues the main character faces an important decision which will affect the course of their lives. Each of the characters portrayed, is played by an actress that has been previously associated with Alan Bennett . Thora Hird who plays Doris worked on a BBC Radio 4 programme - Deadringers. It is safe to say that Alan Bennett tailored some of the material, to suit the actors, own individual style of acting. Alan Bennett apparently refused to deal with normal upper-class people', instead preferring to write about the ordinary people in today's world. Bennett's style of writing is very similar to this. Alan Bennett is very clever in the way he puts across what Doris first says. Approx Pages: 9. Grade Level: High School. 3. A Comparison of Monologues.
- Cover, Illustration – Charlotte Strick
- Written-By, Read By – Alan Bennett
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