woensdag 6 mei 2015

Alan Bennett: Smut

Hi

Smut is a collection of 2 short stories by Alan Bennett. It only has 189 pages and I got it from The Book Depository.
You can find my other review by Alan Bennett here.

“In The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson, a recently bereaved widow finds interesting ways to supplement her income by performing as a patient for medical students, and renting out her spare room. Quiet, middle-class, and middle-aged, Mrs. Donaldson will soon discover that she rather enjoys role-play at the hospital, and the irregular and startling entertainment provided by her tenants.
In The Shielding of Mrs. Forbes, a disappointed middle-aged mother dotes on her only son, Graham, who believes he must shield her from the truth. As Graham’s double life becomes increasingly complicated, we realize how little he understands, not only of his own desires but also those of his mother.”

I enjoyed this very much. It is such a fun, amusing, relaxing read.
The two stories are full of misperceptions, secrets, witty one-liners, poignant humor, deception and peculiar or even strange events.
I liked the first story more though. Mrs. Donaldson is so sweet and endearing; you just have to love her.

Perfect if you want a short, light read.

Happy reading!
Helena