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Sovrana Lettrice, LA (original: 2007; edição: 2008)

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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 and intelligently. Her reading naturally changes her world view and her relationship with people.
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The Uncommon Reader de Alan Bennett (Author) (2007)

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I thought this would be an entertaining light read when I picked it up at a library book sale. It was, and happily it was also a thoughtful look at how reading changes the reader. The Queen, out of curiosity, pops into a library van that had stopped in Windsor, and borrows a book. She discovers that reading for pleasure is quite different from reading for work, or reading the literature that she is expected to know.
I liked the fact that the Queen’s first guide to reading for pleasure chose books mainly because he thought the writer was gay. (Okay, I identify, as I expect does Alan Bennett.) As a starting point to a diversity of interesting writing, it works. And it’s entertaining to imagine how the elevated figures in the Queen’s circle of contacts might react to the thoughts and characters she finds in many books.
Reading, the Queen discovers, can create empathy by allowing you to identify with a range of different characters or at least to see into aspects of their lives that would otherwise be completely unknown. It also becomes unsatisfying and leads an empathetic reader to want to do something about what they see. Reading leads to writing and to action.
This is a nice fantasy, of course. Most people read for an escape from their reality. The ones who are drawn to empathy and action are the empathic and dynamic ones. Their own priorities are reflected in what they see when they read. I don’t know if the current resident of Windsor Castle has the empathy and dynamism that Bennett gives to his Queen, although she clearly has not taken the path that Bennett draws here. In spite of romanticising a feudal institution, though, I enjoyed reading this and imagining the power of literature as Bennett describes it. ( )
1 vote rab1953 | May 7, 2021 |
4.5 stars

A clever book with an amusing premise: while rounding up her hyperactive corgis, Queen Elizabeth II finds a mobile library parked on the grounds of the palace, making its weekly visit. Largely against her better judgment she borrows a book, and the plot spins off crazily from there. Becoming more and more engrossed in reading, her priorities begin to shift (less enthusiasm for her duties, less attention to her wardrobe), which those around fear are signs of senility.

It's a very quick read, and the writing is engaging. (My synopsis does not do it justice.) The final ten pages or so--when the Queen throws a party for the Privy Council--dragged a little for me, but the final line redeemed much of it. For me, the book was strongest when she was initially a little put off by reading (because the Queen doesn't have hobbies), which segued into her being totally engrossed in books. Once the plot moved her from reading to writing, she tended to wax a little more philosophical and, for me, a little something was lost.

That said, it was a delightful book that I'll read again. The author captured the Queen well in her fictional guise: dutiful, down to earth, practical, a bit starchy--but ultimately softened and subtly transformed by books. ( )
  Karzke | Apr 10, 2021 |
A light, quick, and enjoyable read, with a very satisfying ending. ( )
  duchessjlh | Feb 24, 2021 |
Up to 4 stars from 3-1/2 because it fit so well with me right now. This years resolution was to read a book a week. Of course, somewhere in August I fell behind, so now find myself trying to fit in 4 books in the next 10 days. Reading about reading is perfect--loved the way reading changes the Queen (or should I say, the way reading changes One), and how it affected the people around her as well. Probably my family would also find it interesting, as the answer they get to most questions right now is something along the lines of 'can't come now, I've got to finish this chapter'. ( )
  giovannaz63 | Jan 18, 2021 |
Re-read 12/26/16

Delightful! Well-written and the perfect rumination on being a reader. Queen Elizabeth II (as a fictional character) is a great choice for the protagonist and I loved exploring her burgeoning love for reading and writing. Fun and witty, yet a complex look at how books can inherently change a person. 12/1/11 ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
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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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