The Uncommon Reader is a novel by Alan Bennet. The book was initially published by The London Review of Books and then was released as a book by Faber and Faber. It was also published by Profile books in that very year. There is also an audio version of this book available in the voice of the author which was released in 2007. In the end, download The Uncommon Reader Pdf free!
The Uncommon Reader Summary:
The story revolves around Queen Elizabeth who develops and obsession for reading after she is introduced to a mobile library. This habit of hers affects her family and her advisors along with affecting her position in the constitution. The title of the book is quite creatively crafted to sow that this person is reading because they like to read and not because they are being forced to read it for scholarly or educational reasons. It also implies that there are some texts that need to read by anyone so that every reader has that one text in common. Some of the texts read by the queen are :
- R. Ackerley’sMy Dog Tulip
- Lauren Bacall
- Anita Brookner
- David Cecil
- Ivy Compton-Burnett
- Jean Genet
- Thomas Hardy’s “The Convergence of the Twain”
- Winifred Holtby
- Henry James
- Francis Kilvert
- Philip Larkin’s “The Trees”
- Alice Munro
- George Painter’s biography ofProust
- Sylvia Plath
- The Brontës
- Marcel Proust
She also read Mary Renault ,William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, Jane Austen, George Eliot, E. M. Forster and Laurence Sterne.
The Uncommon Reader Review:
This book is a masterpiece which shows how obsession affects something. The book also inspired the great writer. Virginia Woolf for her novel. It is an enjoyable book which shows how getting attached to something to an unnecessary extent can be harmful toa person’s life and duties.
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