Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

The Uncommon Reader, A Novel by Alan Bennett (Fiction BENNETT)

The Queen of England is not much of a reader, so it’s with great awkwardness that she chases her runaway dogs into a mobile library. However, under the tutelage of kitchen help Norman, the Queen begins a journey of self-discovery into the land of books. Soon she realizes that there’s not enough time in a life to read all the books in the world, but she wants to “catch up,” much to the dismay of her help. When her attention to queenly duties begins to slack, her staff tries everything they know to thwart her reading activities. Apparently, a Queen should not be seen partaking in something so “common” as reading. Sprinkled throughout with hilarious British humor and some genuinely enlightening lines (“You don’t put your life into your books. You find it there.”) The Uncommon Reader is a quick, fun summer read.
Review by Jamie

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This entry was posted on May 13, 2011 by in Book Review, Contemporary, Fiction.
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