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"Welcome to the wonderful world of Alan Bennett, deliciously enriched by the voice of the master himself." (The Sunday Times)
I have read and enjoyed The Uncommon Reader. This book is NOT at all like that pleasant book.
I was looking for an entertaining, gentle read. This certainly isn't that!!! A man and wife, who bicker constantly, find a pornographic recording in their posession. The end of this very depressing book focuses mostly on this tape.
"The sharp tongue of Bennett is delightful"
Witty. Acerbic. Understated.
I wouldn't change anything. Bennett is a master of social observation, particularly of the common man. I adore his ability to expose the darker personality flaws of the general middle class. Very satisfying.
Probably the beginning where the couple first discover their plight. The dialogue is so clever. Tiny nuances evolve with such terse snaps. I can think of a few older men with outlooks like Mr Ransome, and many long suffering wives like Mre Ransome.
The ending. Makes you feel sorry for older generations who were supposed to grin and bear any sort of banal existence
I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and surprising. I listened to it as I walked on my treadmill. Made the time pass quickly:-) The way Bennett read it through made all the characters shine.
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