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From the author of The History Boys and The Clothes They Stood Up In
 A deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading. When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library  she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, Bennett describes the Queen's transformation as she discovers the liberating pleasures of the written word. With the poignant and mischievous wit of The History Boys, England's best loved author revels in the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader's life.

The Uncommon Reader

by Alan Bennett

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"Books are not about passing the time. They're about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to just wishes one had more of it"

The Uncommon Reader is not what I expected. English author Alan Bennett explores the idea that after decades of strict and dedicated public service, Queen Elizabeth II discovers the joy of books. The Queen quickly becomes an ardent reader and royal protocol takes the backseat. While the story is clever and the lines poetic, I didn't find Uncommon particularly engaging or witty. In fact, I had a difficult time finishing this peculiar novella. When I eventually did reach the last page, I was disappointed in the ending. While I appreciated the story's themes regarding the importance and impact of reading, this "book about books" left me unsatisfied. 

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Profanity/Language: 1 religious exclamation, 1 mild obscenity, 4 scatological words and 1 f-word derivative


Violence/Gore:  Implied occurrence of violence.


Sex/Nudity:  A few sexual references are made.

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Homosexuality, foreign and domestic relations

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Reviewed By Rachel
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