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In “The Uncommon Reader” Mr. Bennett poses a delicious and very funny what-if: What if Queen Elizabeth at the age of something were. The Uncommon Reader is a novella by Alan Bennett. After appearing first in the London Review of Books, Vol. 29, No. 5 (8 March ), it was published later  Pages‎: ‎ Reading the last line of Alan Bennett's “The Uncommon Reader,” I laughed out loud. I can't guarantee you will, but I suspect you will find this.


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Bennett illuminatingly imagines the Queen being at first daunted by Jane Austen: This is the most polite way imaginable of accusing the Queen of being out of touch; but then, as Bennett observes, commoners too lose their minds when summoned to the presence.

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The mistake, of course, is to see Elizabeth "Windsor" the uncommon reader alan bennett a person. If the blandness of her public utterances, or phatic questions to those who have come to be ennobled by her "have you come far?

One perversely looks forward to the ascension of Prince Charles, who seems to entertain no such concept of discretion, and who might wear out public acceptance of the hereditary principle even before his reign ends in the traditional manner.

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Hence our desire to draw expressions on the blankness, and the way she is said to pop up in our dreams do republicans dream less of her than monarchists? Like Jesus, she the uncommon reader alan bennett an idealised projection of our own best selves, which is why Bennett has mapped his own literary sensibilities, more or less, on to hers.

That's the premise of this romping little read that has a surprising amount of substance.

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett – review | Books | The Guardian

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 reads more and more, developing some pretty heavy ideas that influence the person she is and how she the uncommon reader alan bennett and interacts with her the uncommon reader alan bennett.

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: That the Queen could readily switch from showbiz autobiography to the last days of a suicidal poet might seem both incongruous and wanting in perception.

But, certainly in her early days, to her all books were the same and, as with her subjects, she felt a duty to approach them without prejudice.

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett – review

For her, there was no such thing as an improving book. Books were uncharted country and, to begin with at any rate, she made no distinction between them.

With time came discrimination, but apart from the occasional word from Norman, nobody told her what to read, and what not. Only by the uncommon reader alan bennett could she find out.

It was a few weeks later that she looked up from her book and said to Norman: I am an opsimath.

Alan Bennett · The Uncommon Reader: A Story · LRB 8 March

She was not a gentle reader and often wished authors were around so that she could take them to task. That this access of consideration might have something to do with books and even with the perpetually irritating Henry James did not at the moment occur to her. The equerries naturally expected that the same form would apply as at the garden parties and other large receptions, with the tipping off of guests to whom Her Majesty was the uncommon reader alan bennett to stop and talk.

The uncommon reader alan bennett Queen, though, thought that on this occasion such formality was misplaced these were artists after all and decided to take pot luck.

This turned out not to be a good idea. Shy and even timid though authors had generally seemed to be when she had met them individually, taken together they were loud, gossipy and, though they laughed a good deal, not, so far as she could tell, particularly funny.

She found herself hovering on the edge of groups, with no one making much effort to include her, so that she felt like a guest at her own party.

The Uncommon Reader

And when she did speak she either killed conversation and plunged it into an awful pause or the authors, presumably to demonstrate their independence and sophistication, took no notice at all of what she said and just went on talking. It was exciting to be with writers she the uncommon reader alan bennett come to think of as her friends and whom she longed to know.

But now when she was aching to declare her fellow-feeling with those whose books she had read and admired she found she had nothing to say.

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