Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

The Uncommon Reader is a novella, which is good for me right now because I have so many books to read right now. Here is a review from amazon:

Publisher's Weekly: Briskly original and subversively funny, this novella from popular British writer Bennett (Untold Stories; Tony-winning play The History Boys) sends Queen Elizabeth II into a mobile library van in pursuit of her runaway corgis and into the reflective, observant life of an avid reader. Guided by Norman, a former kitchen boy and enthusiast of gay authors, the queen gradually loses interest in her endless succession of official duties and learns the pleasure of such a common activity. With the dawn of her sensibility... mistaken for the onset of senility, plots are hatched by the prime minister and the queen's staff to dispatch Norman and discourage the queen's preoccupation with books. Ultimately, it is her own growing self-awareness that leads her away from reading and toward writing, with astonishing results. Bennett has fun with the proper behavior and protocol at the palace, and the few instances of mild coarseness seem almost scandalous. There are lessons packed in here, but Bennett doesn't wallop readers with them. It's a fun little book.

That is just what I thought about this book it is a fun little book! It was a quick read too! I can just picture the Queen reading every minute she can, while looking like she is waving to her subjects, etc.! It is a great summer read!

1 comment:

  1. Glad you enjoyed it Sherri. I've often thought of reading it myself. Maybe I will one day.