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Smut by Alan Bennett
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Mar 26, 12


Just finished "Smut".

Get a kick out of the title--nothing like going to my local library, where a copy of the book was being held for me behind a busy counter, and being asked for the title by a busy assistant in front of a line of people (I gave him the author's name!). Here it is 2012, my community's library is active, modern, and well-run, and I balked at calling out "Smut!" in front of eight people!

Anyway, did enjoy this. It's the first thing I've read by Bennett. Although, overall, I was somewhat disappointed. Heard Bennett interviewed on Public Radio, which is how I learned about the book, and came away from that with an impression of the stories that exceeded my reading experience...

I do admire his brevity, conciseness, crispness. Makes sense, Bennett is as much a playwright as story writer. But as a story writer, I wanted him to open up, relax a bit, deepen his narratives. They ran slickly for my taste, and left me melancholy.

Well, what can you expect from a slim little book purporting to be about mid-life women written by a British male playwright??

I've also wondered why so slim, so brief a book? Who writes a 'collection' of stories that consists of two?

Somehow I've been left feeling chilly, and the sun shines brightly outside...

(Addendum--After just watching the spot-on and very funny youtube vid of Bennett on his bio page here on Goodreads definitely want to look up more of his work. Somehow, Smut, just didn't satisfy!)
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Samir Just finished Edmund White's "Jack Holmes &His Friend."I think you'll be VERY satisfied. It's the first book I read in 14 hours flat! Interested to know what you think.


Pamela Samir wrote: "Just finished Edmund White's "Jack Holmes &His Friend."I think you'll be VERY satisfied. It's the first book I read in 14 hours flat! Interested to know what you think."

Thanks for the suggestion; I will look it up. Am always open to new story writers who can take the reader deeper...!


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