The Uncommon Reader
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The Uncommon Reader
Alan Bennett
Literature
Jul 29, 2018
Alan Bennett’s charming and wryly hilarious celebration of the pleasures and powers of reading is a flawlessly pitched, perfectly proportioned novella. Its heroine is the Queen of England, who one day finds herself, while chasing an errant Corgi, wandering into the mobile library parked outside of Buckingham Palace. After exchanging pleasantries with the librarian and a palace kitchen employee named Norman, she borrows a book by Ivy Compton-Burnett. “She’s not a popular author, ma’am,” says the librarian. “Why, I wonder?” muses the queen. “I made her a dame.” Uncommonly funny, Bennett's little fable offers pleasures no booklover should forego.
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Oct 28, 2018
Such a delightful, funny novel I had a hard time remembering that it was fictional...I could imagine the Queen actually doing these things!
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Oct 30, 2018
charming
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Enjoyed it.
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Mar 10
A wonderful novel. I enjoyed it. And have a collection of The uncommon reader in 22 languages .
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