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The uncommon writer,
This review is from: The Uncommon Reader (Paperback)
Before reading this book I had never taken any interest in Alan Bennett. I was aware of his existence of course. In the same way that you are aware Belgium but there is no earthly reason you would think of going there. I had never seen any of his plays, watched any of his TV shows or read any of his books. Then he wrote a novel about the Queen and it didn't even occur to me to wonder why anyone would bother to read a story about the Queen. Not that I am against the monarchy, it's just that I have no interest in the incumbent's private activities, just the abstract value of monarchy.
Then I heard this book being discussed on Radio 4 and it actually sounded rather amusing. And it is. It is hilarious! It is almost like a children's book, the writing is so simple, a bedtime story for adults. Best of all it gives the most accurate sense I have ever read of how it feels to be in love with reading. I imagine this must be how Alan Bennett himself feels about books otherwise he wouldn't have been able to capture this. I read this book and felt as though he were describing me.
If you love books, you will love this.