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A Deliciously Funny Novella That Celebrates The Pleasure Of Reading When The Queen In Pursuit Of Her Wandering Corgis Stumbles Upon A Mobile Library She Feels Duty Bound To Borrow A Book Aided By Norman, A Young Man From The Palace Kitchen Who Frequents The Library, The Queen Is Transformed As She Discovers The Liberating Pleasures Of The Written WordThe Author Of The Tony Award Winner The History Boys, Alan Bennett Is One Of Britain S Best Loved Literary Voices With The Uncommon Reader, He Brings Us A Playful Homage To The Written Word, Imagining A World In Which Literature Becomes A Subversive Bridge Between Powerbrokers And Commoners By Turns Cheeky And Charming, The Novella Features The Queen Herself As Its Protagonist When Her Yapping Corgis Lead Her To A Mobile Library, Her Majesty Develops A New Obsession With Reading She Finds Herself Devouring Works By A Tantalizing Range Of Authors, From The Bront Sisters To Jean Genet With A Young Member Of The Palace Kitchen Staff Guiding Her Choices, It S Not Long Before The Queen Begins To Develop A New Perspective On The World One That Alarms Her Closest Advisers And Tempts Her To Make Bold New Decisions Brimming With The Mischievous Wit That Has Garnered Acclaim For Bennett On Both Sides Of The Atlantic, The Uncommon Reader Is A Delightful Celebration Of Books And Writers, And The Readers Who Sustain Them How can I not like a book about someone who loves to read In this case that someone just happens to be the Queen of England.It was clever and really a pleasure to read There is not too much to say about the plot its a short read However,like others,I ll mention a few of my favorite quotes What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren t long enough for the reading she wanted to do Books are not about passing the time They are about other lives Other Worlds One reads for pleasure, said the Queen It is not a public duty You don t put your life into your books You find it there Who is above literature You might as well say one is above humanity. Alan Bennett brings to life what a world would be like if Queen Elizabeth II started reading voraciously after stumbling upon a travelling libraryYou don t put your life into your books, you find it thereQuaint and quiet I think can best describe this Bennett s usual work is often quite in your face with it s definite humour, but the funny side of this book seems to boil away quietly underneath, rearing it s lovely little head every now and then like a little postage stamp on the edge of a letter.We follow the Queen of England and other countries beside as she becomes a reader, a dedicated reader and finally a rather obtuse reader I ve never read a book about reading before, so can t comment on how this differs or remains similar, but it offers a great insight in to what readers go through as they begin and continue their reading journeyI think of literature, she wrote, as a vast country to the far borders of which I am journeying but will never reach And I have started too late I will never catch upIt s kind of like needing someone on the outside to point out that you ve got a bit of gravy on your chin, because you can t see it yourself It s a nice little look in to the world of the Monarchy, as well, without being overly trite and condescending only the correct amount It treats them with equal amounts of endearment and contempt, which is a nice way of looking at them Not always upwards.I didn t quite get the Bennettesque Wonder and Awe that I usually get with his works, though I can t figure out why I feel like I need to not be English to like this book a bitIt s funny and charming and a bit cheeky It makes you think about the monarchy, the world in general and yourself as a reader, but it never really went beyond that It s lovely in it s own way but I feel countless gay references aside that if you go from this to any other Bennett work you might be in for a bit of a culture shock. Oh wow If I could give this book six stars, or heck, even ten, I would It is so great there s a lot of subtlety in here that Readers Advisory librarians will definitely clue into, especially in how society views readers, reading, and books.A lot of us read, sure A lot of us really enjoy books But because we are average joes, commoners, small potatoes, this is nothing groundbreaking It likely will not become upsetting if we take up reading as a hobby But what if someone important takes up reading, at a late stage in life What if that somebody isthan important what if that person is a figurehead, an influential presence of tradition, or otherwise very powerful, in oblique ways What if that person happened to be the Queen of England That s the premise of this romping little read that has a surprising amount of substance Queen Elizabeth stumbles across a bookmobile by the palace, feels compelled by good manners to check out a book, struggles through it, returns it, and again feels compelled to take out another This one she finds delightful, and so the die is cast This is so completely out of character for the Queen she allows herself few hobbies and interests that would indicate a preference for anything, and now here she is, preferring books, developing a love for them, and as she readsand , developing some pretty heavy ideas that influence the person she is and how she reigns and interacts with her subjects.But not everyone likes this new habit, hobby, tendency, addiction, whatever RA librarians will recognize some of the arguments that the Queen s politicians and such make Reading is selfish Reading isolates you Reading will alienate others from you It s one thing to read this in an RA textbook it hits home a lot harder when you read it being discussed in a fiction book.The book is mainly dialogue driven, with a fair amount of character development being devoted to the Queen It all gets resolved in a tidy, unexpected, funny, and completely ludicrous manner at the end, and the ending is suitably off beat, just like the rest of the book.READ IT Reading this feels like putting a pot of water on to boil, forgetting about it, and coming back to find a delightful stew The analogy relates to Queen Elizabeth wandering into a bookmobile, getting hooked on reading books, and the various consequences that ensue.I have 14 or 16 GR friends now who rate this 4 or better Must be the word reader in the title that inspires a grab You can t go wrong, as it s a short pleasant read Very subtle and understated, with humor that builds quietly until you have to burst out laughing Nothing over the top It s very realistic for how reading changes your outlook and how one book leads to another I would like to convey enough from the book to hook you, but would not like to spoil any of your fun I choose to share a sample of her reaction to one book, an example of resistance by others to her reading, and one distillation of the appeal of reading to her Near the beginning the story, it was the second book the Queen read that got her hooked, a romance by Nancy Mitford The Pursuit of Love turned out to be a fortunate choice and in its way a momentous one Had Her Majesty gone for another duff read, an early George Eliot, say, or a late Henry James, novice reader that she was, she might have been put off reading for good and there would be no story to tell Books, she would have thought, were work.As it was, with this one she soon became engrossed, and passing her bedroom that night clutching his hot water bottle, the duke heard her laugh out loud He put his head around the door All right, old girl Of course, I m reading The Queen encounters diverse reactions to her reading and a bit of conspiracy led by her PR manager, Sir Kevin, to thwart her new passionTo read is to withdraw To make oneself unavailable One would feel easier about it, said Sir Kevin, if the pursuit itself were less selfish Selfish Perhaps I should say solipsistic Perhaps you should Here is one of the Queen s insights about the power of reading for her The appeal of reading, she thought, lay in its indifference there was something undeferring about literature Books didn t care who was reading them or not All readers were equal, herself included.So as you can see, we have a bit of a fable on the subversive power of reading There are no specific cases of the content of a specific book inciting high passions or inspiring intellectual conclusions that alter critical political choices The restraint on the part of Bennett in this way somehow makes itcompelling and moving to experience the impact of reading on the Queen s daily life and empathy for people of different walks of life. Rating 4.125 of fiveWitty, irreverent, and completely charming, Bennett s novella is one I would sincerely hope that Her Majesty read and laughed at when it was published.There are many reviews of this effervescent entertainment, so I will confine myself to noting that the book carries with it a none too subtle punch line which I can t imagine would have made Mr Bennettlikely to be in line for a life peerage, but which I can imagine made him a popular figure around Highgrove.A delightful bagatelle of a book Recommended to anyone not connected with the Royal Family This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Several people had recommended The Uncommon Reader to me over the last year, but somehow I only got around to it this morning Don t be as slow as I was The idea is very simple the Queen gets hooked on reading but Bennett handles it perfectly It s a delight, and takes about an hour to read.Maybe a short extract will do the job Exploded said the Queen But it was Anita Brookner The young man, who seemed remarkably undeferential, said security may have thought it was a device.The Queen said Yes That is exactly what it is A book is a device to ignite the imagination The footman said Yes, ma am It was as if he was talking to his grandmother, and not for the first time the Queen was made unpleasantly aware of the hostility her reading seemed to arouse Very well, she said Then you should inform security that I shall expect to find another copy of the same book, vetted and explosive free, waiting on my desk tomorrow morning And another thing The carriage cushions are filthy Look at my gloves Her Majesty departed Fuck, said the footman, fishing out the book from where he had been told to hide it down the front of his breeches. My first thought was, I wonder what the Queen thought of this She probably didn t read it, and if she did, I hope she thought it was funny because it was In this story she becomes an avid reader after accidentally stumbling upon a mobile library outside the palace I didn t count them, but Bennett mentionsbook titles and authors names than any book I ve read The Queen, much to everyones dismay, spends all her time reading and begins to neglect her queenly duties She takes on everything from Austen to Proust and her reactions to all this diversity is priceless Just an all around fun read. This is a wonderfully humorous, subversive and comic homage to literature penned by non other than the great and incomparable treasure that is Alan Bennett I listened to the audio, charmed by the narration by the author himself This is a short book, worth its weight in gold, which has Her Majesty, the Queen of England inadvertently discover the mobile library, so beginning her early faltering steps to becoming an avid reader and bookworm A whole world opens up, in which she is guided by Norman, who works in the kitchens and comes to be the Queens confidant and book guide However, not everyone is best pleased, her household staff and private secretary, New Zealander Sir Kevin are alarmed and go out of their way to dissuade the Queen from finding pleasure in reading There is behind the scenes meddling and political machinations as they get rid of Norman However, nothing will sway Her Majesty as by this stage the unwelcome thought enters her mind that she no longer needs Norman and sets forth her own path in the world of books Her developments begin to terrify the political establishment as the Queen with a twinkle in her eye, has mischief on her mind I strongly urge anyone who loves books to read this as Alan Bennett has the Queen reading an extraordinarily diverse range of authors that is bound to catch the interest of any reader Bennett is an author of gentle wit and a subversive turn of mind You are missing a treat if you do not read this Simply Fantastic This was a delightful interlude Indeed, a mischievous wit is driving this novella about the Queen discovering reading and the consequences for the nation.The opening incident in the book with the French president started me off with wicked giggles, and it continued with the subtle parody on staff and politicians gracing her majesty s world A perfect Sunday afternoon read Great read for Mother s Day