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The Uncommon Reader: A Novella - Community Reviews back

by Alan Bennett
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Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it 12 months ago
The Queen discovers reading and becomes an avid reader. Her staff is upset. She's not supposed to read. Where they used to know what questions she would ask and would brief people on how to respond, now the conversation could go anywhere. She used to take suggestions from the young man who introduce...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it 2 years ago
A short novella on the joys, growth and enlightenment reading can bring, even to the most enlightened, at any time in life. It's also an accurate portrayal of the consuming obsession reading can become (truth, as we all well know). Layered atop this testimony of the power of the word is another...
markk rated it 2 years ago
This was an absolutely delightful meditation on the value of reading. The idea of the Queen becoming a voracious reader was inspired, as was Bennett's description of how her staff responds to this dismaying development. But how he used the premise to comment on what makes reading worthwhile is the r...
This little library of mine
This little library of mine rated it 2 years ago
Quick read, very entertaining.
JackieLoz rated it 4 years ago
A travelling library makes its weekly stop at Buckingham Palace. The Queen borrows a book. Then she discovers the joy of reading. This book started off just okay and ended worse.
The Book Junkie
The Book Junkie rated it 4 years ago
This book was a joy to read from beginning to end. As soon as the Queen's badly behaved dogs ran into the traveling library and she discovered it's existence, I was hooked. Her transformation from nonreader, to passionate reader, to writer was truly beautiful to read. One of the most delightful p...
Nadine's Nook
Nadine's Nook rated it 4 years ago
Quick read, very entertaining.
EpicFehlReader rated it 5 years ago
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 dra...
Flicker Reads
Flicker Reads rated it 6 years ago
Quite funny and rather sweet.
Anya's Books
Anya's Books rated it 6 years ago
A sweet delight of a novella about the subversive power of the written word.
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