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Untold Stories by Alan Bennett
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Jul 22, 09

Read in July, 2009

This is a curious mix of different writing, all of it very personal observations and reactions. It starts with a painfully private dusting off of various skeletons in the family cupboard, including suicide, mental illness, and dementia. From this forensic analysis of human depths we come back up to more joyous and funny regions across the rest of the book. Only at the end do we plunge back into a very gloomy reportage on Bennett's struggles with cancer.

Bennet mentions that great writing should identify feelings and situations that nobody else has expressed and with which we instantly identify. I can honestly say that he achived this for me quite a few times in this book. I plan to dip back into it from time to time.
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