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Oh Lonesome me,
This review is from: Talking Heads (Paperback)
I first 'saw' these series of short stories on TV in Englamd. They were presented as a series of weekly monodramas. When I had a Toastmasters project to present a monodrama to my fellow club members, 'Talking Heads' sprung to mind.
I love Alan Bennett's writing style, tinged with sadness and very reflective of a life which has passed by. The characters are very much of their era in Britain at that particular time as regards their situation but the themes are eternal. In some respects I was reminded of Amercan writer Raymond Carver's book Where I'm Calling from: Selected Stories. Although most of his characters are losers, Alan Bennett's are of people who are getting by but have missed the boat, they don't quite fit.
The particular piece I read to the group was an extract from 'A Woman of No Importance' and the group was rapt their attention never waivered. It is quite a meloncholy story of minor office politics and of someone who is always on the outer but does not realise the fact.
I would thoroughly recommend this 'can't put down' book.