vrijdag 20 juni 2014

Alan Bennett: The Uncommon Reader


This is my review for a tiny red paperback by Alan Bennett.
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.
It's a delightful, sweet, recognizable, funny and light read. The story makes you think about reading and people who don't read, how books can change a person and change someone's view of the world, how they make you understand the world, people and relationships.

Charming little book.

3.5 stars

Happy reading!