The Uncommon Reader
13 journalers for this copy...
I read it within a day, and seeing that there is no ring yet, I'll start one with this, if there are interested readers...
Suzanne4Books & SaschaBWk (Hamburg)
A big THX to Urfin for "ringing" this book!
this book is so lovely, I really liked it!
I like the rough-cut stuff – what a fine paper, what fine layout and composition, what a nice illustration! If only they had kept the novella's praise away from the cover...
Update, April 3rd 2009: Lovely, witty, intelligent... in short: adorable! I loved it, thanks for sharing! I will certainly buy a copy for my permanent collection, but it might be the German edition because there were – I must admit – some parts which were difficult to grasp for me in the original version. I'll have to check with the translation first however – to see if it keeps the charming atmosphere.
The book will travel on soon as the next station literally lies around the corner.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
So far it is really charming and funny, more from me, when it is finished.
Only something that irritates me more and more: I don't want to read on the blurb what other people think about a book. If their praise is deserved I want to find it out on my own and if it is undeserved it is even worse.
Enough said, the book goes to elham as soon as possible.
I'm a bit surprised, to be honest. Somehow I had expected it to be a 300-plus pages novel. Instead I got this tiny little book. I should have guessed, of course. It's Alan Bennett, after all, not John Irving. ;-))
Will start reading today and contact the next reader.
Finished this over the weekend.
It is a quirky little book. I must say, I wasn't too happy about the caricature image the Queen and all other characters were given. I can guess why Bennett did it and I guess it is funny in a way but I wasn't impressed, to be honest. But then, it is a matter of taste and I know a lot of others liked it.
All in all a nice quick read and I had a good time doing so but I wouldn't want to keep the copy if I had bought it. ;-)
I've already contacted turnpages and got the address. The book will be mailed tomorrow.
Book mailed this morning.
I already have Anke68's address and so the book will travel on today!!
THANK YOU for this ring!!
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Travelling to Germany to its next reader... ENJOY!!
What a lovely book, fun to read, nice style of writing, a book you can really enjoy. And I don´t think the Queeen is ridiculed that much, she still is rather likeable, in my opinion.
When I get DA-Cameron´s address, the book will travel on. Thanks for letting me join this ring!
Edit: As DA-Cameron has read the book already, I will ask for Coco7´s address.
Thanks for sharing this sweet little story....and for the record, I reall like the rough cut.
PMing sternenwolf now
Thanks for sending and sharing at soleille and Urfin!
Looking forward to read it!
Everything else about it is said as well. Read it and enjoy it.
Thanks for sharing @ Urfin!
Travelling to DEESE as soon as I got the adress!
Thanks sternenwolf and everyone for sending it on!
In fact, I discovered some things I have in common with this "uncommon reader":
99% of the books I start I finish, like the Queen:
"'How far did your Majesty get?' 'Oh, to the end. Once I start a book I finish it. That was the way one was brought up. Books, bread and butter, mashed potato - one finishes what's on one's plate. That's always been my philosophy.'" (p.11)
And I also walk around my "palace" switching off unnecessary light bulbs ;-)
And since bookcrossing I always read with a paper in the book and a pencil handy to note funny/interesting/moving passages:
"(...) (t)hey would often come upon her in odd unfrequented corners of her various dwellings, spectacles on the end of her nose, notebook and pencil beside her." (p.46)
"The next stage had been when she started to make notes, after which she always read with a pencil in hand, not summarising what she read but simply transcribing passages that struck her." (p. 47)
That's why I'm able to quote here some passages that made me smile, laugh out loud or simply "struck me" too:
"'But ma'am must have been briefed, surely?'
'Of course,' said the Queen, 'but briefing is not reading. In fact it is the antithesis of reading. Briefing is terse, factual and to the point. Reading is untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting. Briefing closes down a subject, reading opens it up.'" (p.21 f.)
"'(...) I never seem to find the time.'
'That's what a lot of people say. One must make the time. Take this morning. You're going to be sitting outside the town hall waiting for me. You could read then.'
'I have to watch the motor, ma'am. This is the Midlands. Vandalism is universal.'
With Her Majesty safely delivered into the hands of the lord lieutenant, Summers did a precautionary circuit of the motor and settled down in his seat. Read? Of course he read. Everybody read. He opened the glove compartment and took out his copy of the "Sun"." (p. 22 f.) [ I didn't know this usage of the word 'motor' for car].
Here's one thing where I'm NOT like the Queen (I loved the Harry Potter books!):
"There were many who hoped for a similar meeting of minds by saying they were reading Harry Potter, but to this the Queen (who had no time for fantasy) invariably said briskly, 'Yes. One is saving that for a rainy day,' and passed swiftly on." (p. 43)
"Which ethnic classics did you have in mind, Sir Kevin? The Kama Sutra?" (p. 43)
"To her, though, nothing could have been more serious, and she felt about reading what some writers felt about writing: that it was impossible not to do it and that at this late stage of her life she had been chosen to read as others were chosen to write." (p. 46 f.)
"Too late. It was all too late. But she went on, determined as ever and always trying to catch up." (p. 75)
"And it came to her that for some reason Norman was sulking, behaviour she had seldom come across except in children and the occasional cabinet minister. Subjects seldom sulked to the Queen, as they were not entitled to, and once upon a time it would have taken them to the Tower." (p.104)
"(...) and if she took note of (Norman's sulking) now it was because she knew more of people's feelings than she used to and could put herself in someone else's place." (p. 105) --> a "result" of her reading?
"'Most of that experience,' and Her Majesty tapped her immaculately coiffed head, 'most of it is up here. And one wouldn't want it to go to waste. So the question is, what happens to it?'
The prime minister opened his mouth as if to speak and indeed half rose from his chair.
'The question', said the Queen, 'was rhetorical.'
He sank back." (p. 110 f.)
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
One is on her way home - thanks for this ring!
Thank you for being so careful with it, and for sharing your feelings about it.
Regarding the rough cut:
There were two thumbs-up and one thumb-down.
@ S4B and SBWk: I have the same opinion, and hope that the German publishers will stay away from this habit of listing all these praises in a book. Sometimes it is even cut out from a longer quote such that it is rendered from actually being a Verriß to sth. positive :o(
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Tomorrow it will start the travel home.
September 2018 RES for book-a-billy (if I can find it)
an audio book I borrowed the other day from the public library:
The Convergence of the Twain by Thomas Hardy
"A Portrait of Jane Austen" by David Cecil
"Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave / My heart into my mouth. I love your majesty / According to my bond; no more nor less." (Cordelia in King Lear 1.1 90-2)
The Trees by Philip Larkin