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The Uncommon Reader (2007)

de Alan Bennett

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In this deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading, the Uncommon reader is none other than Her Majesty the Queen who drifts accidentally into reading when her corgis stray into a mobile library parked at Buckingham Palace. She reads widely (J.R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, Ivy Compton Burnett, and the classics) and intelligently. Her reading naturally changes her world view and her relationship with people such as the oleaginous prime minister and his repellent advisers. She comes to question the prescribed order of the world, and loses patience with much that she has to do. In short, her reading is subversive. The consequence is, of course, surprising, mildly shocking and very funny. With the poignant and mischievous wit of The history boys, England's best loved author revels in the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader's life.… (mais)
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    Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader de Anne Fadiman (fannyprice, _Zoe_)
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: Brimming with quirky Britishness, these novels take on the transformative powers of doing something different. While the more humorous, satirical Uncommon Reader imagines the Queen as an increasingly sophisticated reader, the more reflective Unlikely Pilgrimage is moving and poignant.… (mais)
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    Alixtii: Both books having writers getting meta about the nature of writing and reading as a protagonist goes through a process of reading very (and I mean very) many books. Both are written with wit and insight, although Eco's book is better.
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I loved this. Bennett takes us on a journey through an alternate history where the Queen becomes a Reader. It’s amusing and acid in equal measures, poking fun at authors and Palace equerries in equal measures. ( )
  Rory_Bergin | Jun 11, 2024 |
Witty, interesting (ideas as well as authors to look up for future reading), and overall charming. A very good read. ( )
  dvoratreis | May 22, 2024 |
I enjoyed this little gem so much the first time through--and it's such a quick read--I decided to read it again already as a cheery alternative to my other current books. ( )
  Abcdarian | May 18, 2024 |
This is an uncommonly good book, the second, as far as I can recollect, about the Queen put into different circumstances, the other one being by Sue Townsend. Townsend’s book was more openly humorous but also had serious intent and both actually make the queen a deeper, better person which would have been difficult for the real queen as it praises a non-existent version of herself.

I found Bennett’s presentation sharp and entertaining, and the content just right for a short novel. I shall now look for Ivy Compton-Burnett’s book. ( )
  evening | May 17, 2024 |
Funny little story shedding a light on the affection of the English for the Queen. I keep seeing her and her nauseating family as a bunch of useless parasites, but I love all fiction that, with a little suspension of disbelief, depicts her as a wise, loveable, if grumpy and a bit distant grandmother. For a glorious example, please watch the relevant episode of David Tennant's Dr Who. ( )
  Elanna76 | May 2, 2024 |
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Det är träffsäkert, roligt och nästan oanständigt underhållande...
 
Bennett manages to touch on some pointed issues in this little volume: life experience versus book experience; the pleasure of reading versus the sterility of being briefed; the riddle of what is "natural" behavior when a person lives so much in the public eye. And he makes you whoop with laughter while he's at it.
 
In recounting this story of a ruler who becomes a reader, a monarch who’d rather write than reign, Mr. Bennett has written a captivating fairy tale. It’s a tale that’s as charming as the old Gregory Peck-Audrey Hepburn movie “Roman Holiday,” and as keenly observed as Stephen Frears’s award-winning movie “The Queen” — a tale that showcases its author’s customary élan and keen but humane wit.
 
The Uncommon Reader is a political and literary satire. But it's also a lovely lesson in the redemptive and subversive power of reading and how one book can lead to another and another and another.
adicionado por DieFledermaus | editarUSA Today, Bob Minzesheimer (Oct 1, 2007)
 
This time, his odd, isolated heroine is the queen of England. The story of her budding love affair with literature blends the comic and the poignant so smoothly it can only be by Bennett. It’s not his very best work, but it distills his virtues well enough to suggest how such a distinctive style might have arisen.
 

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Reading is untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting.
Had she been asked if reading had enriched her life she would have had to say yes, undoubtedly, though adding with equal certainty that it had at the same time drained her life of all purpose.
She read, of course, as one did, but liking books was something she left to other people. It was a hobby and it was in the nature of her job that she didn't have hobbies. Jogging, growing roses, chess or rock climbing, cake decoration, model aeroplanes. No. Hobbies involved preferences and preferences had to be avoided; preferences excluded people.
The appeal of reading, she thought, lay in its indifference: there was something undeferring about literature. Books did not care who was reading them or whether one read them or not. All readers were equal, herself included.
Indulged and bad-tempered though they were, the dogs were not unintelligent, so it was not surprising that in a short space of time they came to hate books as the spoilsports that they were (and always have been).
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In this deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading, the Uncommon reader is none other than Her Majesty the Queen who drifts accidentally into reading when her corgis stray into a mobile library parked at Buckingham Palace. She reads widely (J.R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, Ivy Compton Burnett, and the classics) and intelligently. Her reading naturally changes her world view and her relationship with people such as the oleaginous prime minister and his repellent advisers. She comes to question the prescribed order of the world, and loses patience with much that she has to do. In short, her reading is subversive. The consequence is, of course, surprising, mildly shocking and very funny. With the poignant and mischievous wit of The history boys, England's best loved author revels in the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader's life.

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