The Uncommon Reader: A Novella Alan Bennett

The Uncommon Reader: A Novella

Author: Alan Bennett
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The Uncommon Reader: A Novella
Alan Bennett
From one of England's most celebrated writers, a funny and superbly observed novella about the Queen of England and the subversive power of reading 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. 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.Binding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Alan BennettPublisher: Picador USAPublished: 09/30/2008ISBN: 9780312427641Pages: 120Weight: 0.24lbsSize: 7.12h x 4.46w x 0.40dReview Citations: London Review of Books 07/31/2008 pg. 33New York Times Book Review 10/26/2008 pg. 20Commonweal 12/05/2008 pg. 28

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