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A Life Like Other Peoples, And Well Worth Recording,
This review is from: A Life Like Other People's (Hardcover)
A Life Like Other People's, which I keep wanting to call A Life Amongst Others though I have no idea why, is about his formative years though mainly it looks at the relationships of his parents. I don't have any of Bennett's previous diaries and memoires to compare this too, though I will be making sure that changes, though what I have always loved about Bennett is his `real writing'. He looks at people, and himself, and the actions of real people their emotions there thoughts the whole gambit. There are no tricks and though there is often drama its never written to be dramatic or to gain readers its simply life.
The simplistic and honest writing style is incredibly endearing. Scenes can be quite harrowing and emotional and yet there will be some slight comedy around the corner, its not intentional or planned it's just the way it is. Two scenes that really hit me were between him and his mother, which almost made me cry, and his mother searching for her sister in a dementia ward. I loved the story of his parents wedding and why there were no pictures as his parents didn't want any `splother'. You will have to read the book to find out just what that means and how they got around it and I cant recommend you do that highly enough.
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Initial post: 20 Dec 2009 01:12:51 GMT
Eileen Shaw says:
Just to say, I really enjoyed reading your reviews, one of the most interesting collection of books I've seen on anyone's profile. Thanks for the tips for a large number of books for my future reading. I've commented where your reviews coincided with mine, but Amazon removed one comment (I've contacted them about this), I think because of the title of the book I was trying to recommend. This is a teen fiction book by Melvin Burgess, called "Lady: My Life As A B**ch" (I daren't type the whole word or Amazon might think I was calling you names again and stop me. I find this hilarious. They won't let me advertise one of their own books! (I actually bought this book from Amazon!) Anyway, there you go. Such is life and all the usual cliches. Cheers.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2009 16:53:04 GMT
Simon Savidge Reads says:
Thanks very much for the kind comment... this one hasnt been deleted, ha! I will have a look at yours shortly!
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