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A Life Like Other People's by [Bennett, Alan]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 138 customer reviews

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Length: 251 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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`A beautiful little book, full of love regret and the dignity of unremarkable lives.' --Daily Mail

`This poignant memoir is Bennett at his superlative best.' --Val Hennessy

`It's the small details at which Bennett excels, lending poignancy to otherwise unremarkable moments.' --Aberdeen Press & Journal

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A Life Like Other People's is the acclaimed title piece from Alan Bennett's bestselling collection Untold Stories.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1698 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0374191921
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Open Market Edition edition (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002YYWEFY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 138 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alan Bennett has a distinct and very particular style; this book couldn't have been written by anyone else. I found myself actually hearing his voice and delivery as I read the words and was totally beguiled by a story which contains so many characters and scraps of characters from his plays. The inspiration for some of the situations and lines in his dramas are clearly taken from an odd assortment of individuals; his close family.

His parents were unremarkable; both shy, happy in each other's company and and defined by their many constraints. His 'mam' suffered with mental health problems throughout her life and the insight into how her illness affected those around her is poignant, touching and often amusing. I loved the story of his dad's suits; 'the suit' and 'the other suit' which he wore for work and leisure almost throughout his life.

Reading this was like dropping into a parallel world where values and aspirations were different. His aunties were real characters and I was drawn into their story and again, how their lives shaped that of those around them. If you enjoy Bennett's work, I reckon you'll like this honest and occasionally heartbreaking account of his formative and middle years. It's a fairly egocentric view, but I'd expect no less! I enjoyed it and it's a tribute to those closest to him. He's brought them vividly to life as people.
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I enjoyed reading this book which gave a sensitive description of life at the Bennett's. The story was inclusive and I felt a concerned interest in their lives
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Interesting but a bit tedious at times. And rather relentlessly sad. But his way with words draws you on.
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Not bad habit over done.
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Typical Alan Bennet. Did not disappoint.
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Loved it. A great read
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A wonderful read. Alan Bennett as good as ever! All his books have been brilliant. A satisfying read. Fantastic. Enjoyed.
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Entertaining relaxed read. Will be reading again soon.
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