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The Uncommon Reader: A Novella

1 rating: 5.0
A book by Alan Bennett

Briskly original and subversively funny, this novella from popular British writer Bennett (Untold Stories; Tony-winning playThe History Boys) sends Queen Elizabeth II into a mobile library van in pursuit of her runaway corgis and into the reflective, … see full wiki

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Author: Alan Bennett
Publisher: Picador
1 review about The Uncommon Reader: A Novella

Charming, and very funny.

  • Nov 1, 2008
Rating:
+5
In this short hilarious novella, Bennett imagines a scenario where, following some errant Corgis, the Queen discovers the mobile library parked in the grounds of Buckingham Palace and feels obliged to borrow a book, out of courtesy. One book leads to another (as books will tend to do), and before long, Elizabeth has developed a serious reading habit. The consequences are far-reaching, and very funny.

Within this framework, Bennett provides an incisive (and entertaining) exploration of the power of reading. Despite being one of the planet's most-traveled inhabitants, her majesty's horizons are broadened in ways she could not have imagined.

A satisfying, highly entertaining, read.

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