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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 11 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 21 Oct. 2005
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQF69Y
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Alan Bennett: Telling Tales Audio Download – Unabridged
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These 10 chapters are like snapshots - all are immensely readable and are full of Bennett's wry observations of working class life, the pecularities and foibles of his own family and his ever present awareness of the effect change has on a family holding itself together day-by-day with the spectre of World War II ever present in the book.
Bennett succeeds in bringing his wartime world to life as we enter a world of family picnics out on the moors and singing on a Sunday around the piano (with his enduring Aunt Eveline) Food - and in particular 'fancy' food gets the Bennett treatment, as his mother, Lilian, remarks on the growing popularity of new ingredients in salad "all the boundaries are coming down". A must for all Bennett fans and a good entry point for those who are new to his writing also.
'To be brought up in Leeds in the forties was to learn early on the quite useful lesson that life is generally something that happens elsewhere... Even the war turns out to be quite dull.'
This is a loving memoir to Bennett's Mam and Dad. (Where are they now, these solid, decent English people, with their gentle sense of fun and shameful anxieties? Have they been Ikea-d into neutral? ) They embarrassed Alan. If he embarrassed them, they were too kind to show it: 'What a strange creature they have nurtured ... still at fourteen looking like a boy of ten, never away from church or the library, and given to furtively scrubbing their false teeth? ... The best plan is to say nothing and hope it will pass.'
It's a Bennettish compliment - but this would be a perfect gift for someone in hospital, light to hold and short chapters. I wish I'd happened upon it time to read it with my mother.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as an audio book for my mum who is partially sighted and can no longer read herself. She has thoroughly enjoyed listening to the collection of writing on this CD set -... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed it very much but I always do enjoy Alan Bennett's work. It's good to have on in the car; gentle reminiscences of his lifePublished on 8 April 2014 by Geraldine Young
I have played this CD in my car many times over and each time it gives me great pleasure. To listen to this Yorkshireman's voice describing the events in his life (I'm from East... Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2013 by D. M. Skeet
What a brilliant writer I have a few of his audio CD/tapes and this one does not disappoint at allPublished on 6 Mar. 2013 by Mr Ollie