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The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
The Uncommon Reader

orchella, January 30, 2013

This clever short novel relates a humorous fictional account of the effects of a bookmobile's stop at Buckingham Palace. Norman, a young servant, turns Queen Elizabeth on to reading, which changes her life. She becomes obsessed and takes a book everywhere, attempting to engage foreign diplomats in discussions of Genet and Proust. This is a joy to read, with the Queen and her subjects referring to her in the third person, and Prince Philip dull and superficial. Although satire of the highest order, it's gentle and amusing.
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The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
The Cat's Table

orchella, January 1, 2012

This is Ondaatje's best book since The English Patient. It has everything: a sympathetic narrator, humor, mystery, beautiful writing, a unique setting, and the creation of a bond that makes you regret finishing it.
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