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A Life Like Other People's
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2010
I love Bennett's writing but was disappointed that this was republished content that I had read in his previous books. not sure why Faber thought it necessary to re-publish - perhaps because they needed to get something new out for Christmas.
The writing is great Bennett autobiography so if you haven't read it before, you will love it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2011
Fabulous book, nice comfortable read. Lots of reminders of things from childhood and things like family secrets that obviously big at the time but maybe now would be less 'sensational'. Alan Bennett has a lovely way with words.
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A Life Like Other People's is an attractively presented, pocket-size selection of ten episodes from Alan Bennett's Untold Stories, interspersed with black and white photos.

It captures his wry humour and includes poignant portraits from his childhood, including Christmas and visits to Grandma Peel and his aunts. The book starts however, on a more harrowing note with his mother's descent into depression and dementia, to the bewilderment of her husband. As much as I love Alan Bennett, I can't help thinking that a chronological arrangement would have been preferable, leaving his own transformation by time from child to carer until the end.
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on 19 May 2014
This memoir of Alan Bennett's upbringing is written with his characteristic humour and talent for expression and dialogue. It starts off appearing to describe their relatively ordinary lives , but soon it is apparent that there are sombre undercurrents .The book details Bennett's mother's descent in to mental illness and finally dementia , and his father's heroic efforts to cope with it , not forgetting Bennett's own efforts .As a person having an elderly relative with dementia , I found it insightful ,sensitive an touching . .
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on 24 May 2012
I am a great fan of Alan Bennett and found this book a fascinating insight into his world and family. His view on life and how he reacts to his family events over the years reflects his unique personality. He would appear to be indifferent to certain family emotions but in fact he has a quiet devotion in dealing with his family problems as they grow into old age. A remarkable man and a great asset to our literary world.
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on 14 October 2013
This book is a fairly interesting insight into Bennett's family. I did find at times it dragged a little, and I couldn't remember which aunt was which but overall it was an OK read. It was written very well and he is extremely honest about how he felt towards the family and about mental illness. I didn't find there was much excitement in the book but it is a good social commentary.
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A very well observed recount of his parents' and maternal aunts' lives told by a gifted storyteller. Unfortunately it didn't fully draw me in and my mind started wandering to more interesting places on more than one occasion. I know the point is that his parents did live a very ordinary life and they were decent, ordinary people, but it just isn't my cup of tea. 3.5 stars.
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on 7 July 2014
It is difficult to put ones life on hold while caring for elderly relatives.I could thoroughly relate to Alan Bennets book as I went through much the same with my parents. A mixture of tragicomedy,tiredness and a feeling of deep pity for what was happening to our nearest and dearest. Alan Bennett tells it all with great compassion.
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on 8 May 2013
I was given this book a couple of years ago, and enjoyed it very much. Laughed out loud in some places. It just reminded me of my childhood and life at the time. I picked it up again, and it was just as good, so I ordered a copy for each of my two daughters. Whether they enjoy it as much as I did, I'm waiting to hear....
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on 26 January 2014
A wonderfully poignant recollection of his family life, detailing his parents' reticence to be 'noticed', the sadness of his father trying to care for his depressed and latterly demented wife. Sounds grim but, of course, it's far from it! Gene humour is found everywhere and the title is exemplified in the vignettes of lives
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