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The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
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Aug 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: british
Read from August 12 to 17, 2011

Just shy of 80, Her Majesty by chance stumbles into the travelling library that visits the palace each week. By obligation rather than interest she checks out a book, and is thrown into a whirlwind love affair with reading. The more she reads, the more the state of the monarchy is literally turned upside down, but she cannot help herself. While on duty with dedications, tours, and ribbon cuttings, she tucks a book away in her hand bag to read in the coach. Her Royal advisors grow worried some as Monarchs are not to be seen as partial for anything, including literacy! However, the Queen finds that reading is like a muscle she wasn’t aware that she had, but now that she exercises it daily she can sift through even Henry James with ease.

This is a great story for any book-lover (and royalist) as the Queen grows to realize why reading is so important, not just to her but to anyone – especially world leaders! It is a way to see the world through fresh eyes, and indeed it is addicting. After much consideration, Her Majesty finally came to the realization that reading was her form of soul searching: “You don’t put your life into books. You find it there.”

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Alan Bennett
“You don't put your life into your books, you find it there.”
Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

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