The Clothes They Stood Up In
The Ransomes had been burgled. "Robbed," Mrs. Ransome said. "Burgled," Mr. Ransome corrected. Premises were burgled; persons were robbed. Mr. Ransome was a solicitor by profession and thought words mattered. Though "burgled" was the wrong word too. Burglars select; they pick; they remove one item... show more
The Ransomes had been burgled. "Robbed," Mrs. Ransome said. "Burgled," Mr. Ransome corrected. Premises were burgled; persons were robbed. Mr. Ransome was a solicitor by profession and thought words mattered. Though "burgled" was the wrong word too. Burglars select; they pick; they remove one item and ignore others. There is a limit to what burglars can take: they seldom take easy chairs, for example, and even more seldom settees. These burglars did. They took everything.This swift-moving comic fable will surprise you with its concealed depths. When the sedate Ransomes return from the opera to find their Notting Hill flat stripped absolutely bare—down to the toilet paper off the roll (a hard-to-find shade of forget-me-not blue)—they face a dilemma: Who are they without the things they've spent a lifetime accumulating? Suddenly the world is full of unlimited and frightening possibility. But just as they begin adjusting to this giddy freedom, a newfound interest in sex, and a lack of comfy chairs, a surreal reversal of events causes them to question their assumptions yet again. The Ransomes' bafflement is the reader's delight. Alan Bennett's gentle but scathing wit, unerring ear for dialogue, and sense of the absurd make The Clothes They Stood Up In a memorable exploration of where in life true riches lie.
Publish date: March 15th 2001
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 174
Edition language: English
Un petit livre à l'humour caustique sur les non dits d'un couple et l'organisation millimètrée d'une vie où ils s'étouffent. Pinçant et drôle, une belle découverte.
Loved "Smut" so much, grabbed this from the library to read next. Short novels suit my currently short attention span.Finished reading this in a day I didn't have much time to read, so there you go. There's no one like Alan Bennett. I wish he weren't so successful as a playwright, so he'd be forced ...
Da ich schon "Die souveräne Leserin" von Alan Bennett gelesen habe, musste dieses Buch natürlich auch gelesen werden. Das einzige Manko war - es war doch sehr kurz.Es geht um die Ransomes, die eines Abends aus der Oper nach hause kommen und ihre gesamte Wohnung leer vorfinden. Die Einbrecher haben a...
Mi sono trovata a sorridere, almeno all'inizio. Poi ho preso a riflettere. In questo libro surreale e grottesco è racchiuso un grande messaggio. Da regalare a chi ha bisogno di ricominciare da capo, a chi rimane attaccato alle cose divenendone prigioniero, a chi non riesce a vivere o meglio a rinasc...
The author reads his own specially commissioned story of the Ransomes, who can't agree if they've been burgled or robbedBroadcast on:BBC Radio 7, 2:30pm Thursday 7th January 2010