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  1. says:

    It s purely by chance that I read this back to back with Alan Sillitoe s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, but the contrast between the two throws light on both Here we have the flip side of Arthur Seaton Alan Bennett grew up in Leeds, his working class pedigree is as spotless as Arthur Seaton s and he can t be than five years younger Yet his parents were shy, quiet, self sufficient Indeed this other Alan sees this as the key to understanding them, and himself too He often mentions that he was a show off as a child, in a self disparaging way that reveals how much he has accepted the values of his parents Put simply and as they themselves would have put it, both my parents were shy, a shortcoming they thought of as an affliction while at the same time enshrining it as a virtue Better to be shy, however awkward it made you feel, than be too full of yourself and always shoving yourself forward He offers an insight into what he sees as two sides of one coin the self effacing and the self promoting, shy and its opposite, share a basic assumption, shy and forward the same Everybody is looking at me, thinks the shy person and I wish they weren t Everybody is looking at me, thinks the self confident and quite right too That famous lugubrious voice, the Yorkshire intonations, the self irony, self denigration, the sardonic humour make this a heart rendingly poignant account of family dynamics, of mental illness, of social aspirations a celebration of the human It is achingly sad, but achingly honest Life s like that.


  2. says:

    I wasn t sure about this book at first It began so quietly But Alan Bennett s sentences are always pitch perfect Soon I was totally caught Bennett captures the heartbreak of ordinary family life perfectly But maybe that gives the wrong impression He captures the lived life of a family perfectly It isn t all heartbreak, unless mortality strikes you as heartbreaking It does me The photographs are haunting One of my favorite sentences in A Life Like Other People s Bennett s Aunt Myra has died and he is talking to an older relative, Florence Florence had recently written a two page letter sharing her news with the Bennetts Halfway down the page came the sentence, Frank died last week, haven t we been having some weather Seldom can a comma have borne such a burden The book is filled with this kind of humor, and also the heartbreak of his parents goodness, reticence and inability to bear the world I love Bennett s writing.


  3. says:

    Bennett s voice is so calm and deliberate, so lacking in sentiment, that I was midway through this book before I realized it was annihilating me Bennett kills with a thousand tiny cuts, all delivered via masterfully wrought sentences and a reflective, fluid structure that never stops in the abruptness of chapter breaks but rather shifts in and out of time and place.There is little to nothing extraordinary about the lives Bennett plumbs The brilliance and poignancy of this book lie in his powers as a writer, in his exploration of a universality that eventually hits home for most of us aging and in his willingness to turn the writer s knife on himself.I loved this book, even though because I m going to feel a pit in my stomach for days.


  4. says:

    This is a poignant and often quite painful memoir to read It almost made me feel guilty for intruding Alan Bennett writes unflinchingly about the suicide of his grandfather, his mother s increasingly severe bouts of depression and mental health issues, his father s death and the tragic circumstances surrounding his Aunt s death she walked out of hospital, suffering from dementia, and her body was found several days later by Bennett and his brother who were searching the grounds around the hospital.He doesn t always portray himself in a good light in this book often showing a lack of patience or sympathy and sometimes anger with his family either directly or in the retelling of an event his brother comes across as a much warmer, kinder person I found myself not liking him very much at some points and yet feeling great sympathy with him at others I know it is hard having to deal with elderly relatives most of us have to at some time or other, and often in difficult circumstances I can perhaps understand a little better my own father s frustration and anger with his now ex partner whose mental health issues are very similar to how Bennett s mother s were.It must have been incredibly difficult to write about subjects which are, essentially, so very private and yet he achieved this and turned them into something very special I did wonder, though, when I d finished reading it how his brother would have felt about the making public of their family s life.There is plenty of his subtle humour throughout and I don t think anyone could fail to snort with laughter at the photograph of the two Australian soldiers and the accompanying comments


  5. says:

    Alan Bennett has written a family memoir which is clear eyed and sharply perceptive about human weaknesses An example is the attention seeking which he deplores in his histrionic aunts as when one of them, making the most of her bereavement, insists on elaborate funeral rites for her husband and an unsuccessful, but enjoyable, scattering of the ashes.Though he deplores his own attention seeking, Alan Bennett s prose is perfect and unshowy It is particularly effective for conveying his parents self contained dignity, loving kindness and quiet sense of fun Then the mood darkens Change and decay in all around he sees and the reading becomes painful The book was written, I think, ten years ago It is a cheering thought that they seem to have been good years for the author, who is still practising his profession.


  6. says:

    This book reminded me a lot of my own family where depression was not to be talked about should it lessen other people s opinions of the individual and the family as a whole I found it sad but very real and Alan Bennett s writing never ceases to amaze me.


  7. says:

    That s my encounter with death covered for the next few weeksThis book didn t excite me in any particular way and in fact the accounts of the life of Alan Bennett s relatives, and eventual deaths, are relatively morose however there is charm in this brief history of a single family.


  8. says:

    This book was read as a Thurso Book Club choice, never read Alan Bennett before, this book didnt really sell him to me, interesting observations, on not very interesting people Fairly easy read, not very inspiring and pretty depressing, not one of my favourites.


  9. says:

    Humble origins, as they say But how many renowned writers could look back on them with such kindness such pity, in the best sense of that corrupted term and such absolute lack of acquired superiority Alan Bennett writes of his parents and aunts pinched and constrained and little educated lives with his usual gimlet eye, and pulls off his usual monstrously difficult trick writing that is wholly unsentimental, and yet wholly compassionate For some reason I think this won t feature in lists of his best work it s hard to compete with the plays, after all, or The Uncommon Reader, or Talking Heads But he is such a master of quiet irony, and of perfect sentences, that he s always worth reading And there s the usual deep pleasure to be had in his almost unique capacity for an unvarnished, almost mocking frankness that is never cruel Mam suffered from debilitating depression, and then a long, long senility These scenes of her last years, with the dutiful but feeling guilty son visiting from London, are brilliantly captured He sits stroking his bedridden mother s hand over the untouched, congealing custard He doesn t know what to say A loud, theatrically cheerful nurse breezes in and out Isn t she a love Bennett Irritatingly, Mam seemed to enjoy it, this grotesque performance eliciting far of a response than is achieved by my less condescending and altogether tasteful contribution Thus does a master of nuance signal his discomfort about his own discomfort And here he is at the crematorium How few lives end now full throated to hymns soaring or bells pealing from the tower How few escape a pinched suburban send off, the last of a life some half known relatives strolling thankfully back to the car Behind the boundary of dead rattling beeches careful flower beds shelter from the wind, the pruned stumps of roses protruding from a bed of wood chips A short passage you could use as the basis for an hour long writing seminar Careful flower beds brilliant And if it sounds depressing, I should say that Bennett has never written anything that is not, in a quiet subversive way, also very funny This book is no exception.


  10. says:

    Alan Bennett writes about graveyards, the chapel in a crematorium, some wildlife, Leeds, a canal, hospitals, mental illness, its treatment and common attitudes to it, several aunties not aunts , their unsatisfactory husbands, his grandfather a little, his father quite a lot and his mother mainly, their simple marriage, a mystery solved why are there no wedding pictures , her extended illnesses, his sudden death and her eventual death, perhaps too long delayed, care homes and those who work there, and concludes with some reflections on his own possible place of burial He describes with painful clarity his mother s need for kindness and the difficulty he experienced in responding appropriately, even when a care worker models for him the need to be demonstrative The nurses have sense They know they are in a Carry On film I am playing like it s Brief Encounter The writing is whimsical and approaches its subject crabwise, embarrassed because it is so sensitive and yet, in the end, deeply revealing He describes the inadequacy of our care for those who are vulnerable though he really only is negative about the inadequacy of his own caring, finding excuses or making concessions for others and perhaps evokes a tremor of recognition that we too will be vulnerable in time Just here the canal, the railway, the river and the road all run parallel, and just over the hill to the north is Leeds and Bradford Airport It s like one of those fanciful landscapes in the boy s book of childhood in which one setting is made to comprehend transport in all its forms a car, a train, a boat, a plane, all going their separate ways as a man giving the human scale walks by the canal My wife and I have often referred to such scenes as Enid Blyton scenery, referring to the same type of illustration from the older type of story books.


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A Life Like Other People's summary pdf A Life Like Other People's , summary chapter 2 A Life Like Other People's , sparknotes A Life Like Other People's , A Life Like Other People's 02b32ac Alan Bennett S A Life Like Other People S Is A Poignant Family Memoir Offering A Portrait Of His Parents Marriage And Recalling His Leeds Childhood, Christmases With Grandma Peel, And The Lives, Loves And Deaths Of His Unforgettable Aunties Kathleen And Myra Bennett S Powerful Account Of His Mother S Descent Into Depression And Later Dementia Comes Hand In Hand With The Uncovering Of A Long Held Tragic Secret A Heartrending And At Times Irresistibly Funny Work Of Autobiography By One Of The Best Loved English Writers Alive Today

  • Hardcover
  • 242 pages
  • A Life Like Other People's
  • Alan Bennett
  • English
  • 01 October 2017
  • 9780571248124

About the Author: Alan Bennett

Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name Alan Bennett is an English author and Tony Award winning playwright Bennett s first stage play, Forty Years On, was produced in 1968 Many television, stage and radio plays followed, along with screenplays, short stories, novellas, a large body of non fictional prose and broadcasting, and many appearances as