I finished this delightful little book by Alan Bennett yesterday night and I really wanted you to know about it.
It's a tiny red paperback that's almost lost between my other books.
I bought it from bol.com and it has 121 pages.
“When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Compton-Burnett to the classics) and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. Abetted in her newfound obsession by Norman, a young man from the royal kitchens, the Queen comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with the routines of her role as monarch. Her new passion for reading initially alarms the palace staff and soon leads to surprising and very funny consequences for the country at large.”
The Uncommon Reader left me feeling happy and relaxed.
I kept thinking about it too, how books can change a person and someone's view of the world.
Sadly it also makes you think about all those people who view reading as a waste of time and think it a boring and pointless hobby.
But reading makes you understand the world, humans and relationships better. And all this is part of the story.
The book is very funny, especially if you’re a fervent reader like me, you can connect with some of the situations caused by The Queen’s excessive reading.
This is a book you won’t regret reading. I laughed while reading it and it kept me thinking about it afterwards. There isn’t much more you want from a book.