House Arrest: Pandemic Diaries

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House Arrest: Pandemic Diaries

House Arrest: Pandemic Diaries

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Using words such as 'lovely' and 'charming' here to describe'House Arrest', could make Bennett's book sound trite or suggest that it somehow lacks depth, but it is neither of the things and as with everything from Alan Bennett - well worth your time. It probably never occurred to the hollering neighbours that their joyful noise for the NHS might be misconstrued as directed at one elderly, slightly famous playwright.

So, my 4* rating reflects how good these 45 pages of musings were but don't reflect my disappointment!We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Since our earliest beginnings, every documented society has gathered to perform elaborate rites and ceremonies - from mass worship to body modification - yet ritual poses a deep paradox: why do we give the utmost importance to otherwise pointless activities? Although billed as a Pandemic Diary, other than having an inoculation and the odd socially distanced conversation, there was little relevant to those times and concerns. While Mr Bennett is never less than readable, this very slight volume is the length of a magazine article and really nothing more than an erudite version of anyone's lockdown experience. The History Boys won Evening Standard, Critics' Circle and Olivier awards, as well as the South Bank Award.

The pandemic is the background and, indeed, the foreground to this latest and most slender tranche of journals, which runs to a mere 64 pages. TheNotebook by Roland Allen is a gorgeously illustrated cultural history of the humble notebook, from the bustling markets of medieval Florence to the quiet studies of our greatest thinkers.Generally, I worship at the altar of Alan Bennett but this very slight volume was a big disappointment. I hope they're not the thin end of a precautionary wedge lest Her Majesty end up swathed in protective get-up such as is worn at the average crime scene. The book is his personal diary of his time during the lockdown, and he seems to have survived it splendidly. It's a very short selection, so easily readable in one sitting but none the less entertaining for that.

He makes his ideas and success sound like mere chance, or perhaps through being with the right people at them right time. The biggest takeaway I got from this is that Alan Bennett is also sometimes confused or perplexed by contemporary poetry and grandiose articles in the TLS. Across the world, and throughout time, there have been people who have risen to the challenge of leading others.In November 2020 he notices that the Queen, nearly 10 years his senior, is able to walk backwards when laying a wreath at the Cenotaph. Felt like a contractual obligation was being fulfilled with this very slight and disjointed melange.

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