A Life Like Other People's

by Alan Bennett | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0571254853 Global Overview for this book
Registered by worldbooknight on 2/25/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by worldbooknight on Friday, February 25, 2011
Dear Reader

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Journal Entry 2 by worldbooknight at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, February 25, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (2/25/2011 UTC) at London, Greater London United Kingdom


This book is being released via BookCrossing on 5 March 2011 as part of the inaugural World Book Night. With the full support of the Publishers Association, the Booksellers Association, the Independent Publishers Guild, the Reading Agency with libraries, World Book Day and the BBC, one million books will be given away by an army of passionate readers to members of the public across the UK and Ireland.

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Journal Entry 3 by wingDiane-Fraserwing at Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Saturday, November 30, 2019
Found in a charity shop. I read a copy of this back in 2012 and here's what I said then :

An honest account of Alan's family life - particularly aimed at depression and the affects it has on the family in many ways.

Very quick easy to read book

Released 1 yr ago (12/4/2019 UTC) at City of Leeds Museum Café and LFL in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom


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Journal Entry 5 by wingPlum-crazywing at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Picked up at the Leeds Midweek Meet Up.....can't resist a WBN book! :o)

(Note to self: for daff when read)

Journal Entry 6 by wingPlum-crazywing at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, June 28, 2020
I've mixed feelings about this book. While I liked Bennett's style, the subtle humour & often deprecating wit, at times it made me a little uncomfortable.
"A Life Life Other People's" recounts the effect Bennett's mother's depression had on the family & it seemed an intrusion to be reading about the lives of his parents, of the issues caused by his mother's illness when they came over as such private people. It made me wonder how they'd feel to know that their family "secrets" were being picked over by strangers for amusement.

While the Bennetts situation is one unknown to me there were bits of family life that I could identify with & made me smile but overall I found it all rather poignant. In her final years, dementia meant Bennett's mother was in a home & these passages left me heartbroken yet with a guilty relief that I never had to go through it with my parents.

This particular passage will stay with me for a long time;

"The turnover of residents is quite rapid since whoever is quartered in this room is generally in the later stages of dementia. But that is not what they die of. None of these lost women can feed herself and to feed them properly, to spoon in sufficient mince and mashed carrot topped off with rhubarb and custard to keep them going, demands the personal attention of a helper, in effect one helper per person. Lacking such one-to-one care, these helpless creatures slowly and quite respectably starve to death"

Released 10 mos ago (7/27/2020 UTC) at to fellow bookcrosser, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases


Now moving onto daffodil-2 as a sort of swap for "The Uncommon Reader"

Released as part of THE SEPTADS CHALLENGE (#3)

Journal Entry 8 by wingdaffodil-2wing at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Sunday, August 02, 2020
Received as a RABCK from Plum-Crazy along with4 other books and some Crunchie Rocks (which i haven’t tried or seen before). Thanks very much my ever-generous friend. I’ve really been enjoying Alan Bennett’ s Talking Heads on tv so I’m sure I’ll like this book😀. However having just read Plum’s comments about the book and having been a carer myself and heavily involved with people with dementia to this day maybe enjoy may not be the appropriate word. But I’m sure I’ll still read the book and find it of great interest.

Journal Entry 9 by wingdaffodil-2wing at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Monday, April 19, 2021
REVIEW:-"This book made me think and talk a lot about my own mother who lived to the age of 91. It was very sad in places and quite melancholy overall. However I'm glad I read it and enjoy the way this author writes. I thought it very sad that the Co-op didn't even allow his father a half day off to get married but maybe he wasn't entitled to any paid or even unpaid holiday at that time.
The anecdote about his parents having prepared saucepans full of vegetables ready early in the day reminds me too of my mother and even myself at times. The sad tale of the author's mother's decline into dementia and her earlier struggles with depression was very emotional as was the description of her care home. As a former carer there was so much that resonated with me there too."
Reserved to send to another bookcrosser.

Journal Entry 10 by wingdaffodil-2wing at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Monday, May 03, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (5/5/2021 UTC) at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom


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Journal Entry 11 by wingjax987654321wing at Wembley, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, May 07, 2021
Received as an extra in a wish list tag. I am particularly looking forward to reading this one.

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