Friday, October 28, 2011
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
A charming story of the Queen of England who discovers the joy of reading, rather accidentally. She stumbles across a mobile library and immediately catches the reading bug. This bug slowly changes the Queen as her reading habits increase, which cause her staff (equerries, a new word I learned) some distress.
I could relate to the Queens' process into becoming a "reader" because there is something intimate that happens to you when you become a "dedicated reader", it expands your world. It causes you to question and investigate everything around you and of course want to read more.
A brilliant book depicting what reading can do to you.
Oh yes, one last thing, the ending was unexpected, funny and just perfect.