My Rating: 5 Stars
I read this book for my Contemporary English literature final assignment and I absolutely fell in love with it.
This book tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II that comes across a mobile library outside the Buckingham Palace and is assisted by Norman, the librarian, in choosing a book. What happens when the Queen discovers a love for literature? This plot explores and exposes the Queen as a simple person discovering part of herself in the pages of books but also the desire we feel to just forget responsibilities and do something we really enjoy for a while. Can you imagine the Queen of England on holidays? I sure couldn't.
Alan Bennett is a brilliant writer, using old-fashioned and very polished English entangled with humour. Bennett's description of the Queen made me like her and I could actually see myself in her position (not very difficult for a literature lover).
A lot of English humour and amazing side characters turn this book into one of the most hilarious I have ever read so far.
Hope you find an idea for your next reading here.