The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
Published May 11, 2017
- Author Alan Bennett
Wow, this is an incredible novella. It’s stacked with ideas, which you wouldn’t have thought possible in a short story about the Queen taking up reading as a hobby.
Love some of the concepts in here, such as the Queen treating all of her books the same as she does her subjects, with an equal attitude. Or that once the public get wind of her reading, they are suddenly presenting her with books as presents or their own works for a royal opinion.
The idea that reading can be so enriching but equally can drain you of your interest in any other activity. Particularly if you don’t have quite so many chores and things to do as the average person. Or the Queen not having the best idea about feminism or equality, because she is so far removed from all of society herself.
Great story with a conclusion that gives you a bit of faith in the future of literacy.