PDF/EPUB The Laying On of Hands Stories


  • Paperback
  • 208
  • The Laying On of Hands Stories
  • Alan Bennett
  • English
  • 01 January 2020
  • 9780312422257

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Summary The Laying On of Hands Stories ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Read & Download The Laying On of Hands Stories T his father's deathbed where their lifelong battle continues to the end The Laying on of Hands a brilliantly funny satire describes a society memorial service for a rather special masseur who die. If you like Alan Bennett you ll like these three stories the second one Miss Fozzard finds her feet being the lightest A woman I said In chiropody Isn t that unusual No he said not nowadaysThe barriers are coming down in chiropody as well as everything elseShe said Call me Mallory I said Mallory What sort of name is that I wouldn t be able to put a sex to it She says Well I m Australian Strong girl very capableAnd a ualified physiotherapist with a diploma in caringIts Australian caring but I suppose it ll be the same as ours only minus the bugbear of hypothermiaThe Laying on of Hands the first story is about a memorial service for a masseurwhen the priest allows the congregation to talk about their departed auaintance it all goes cringe inducing in an Alan Bennett tragicomic kind of way

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The Laying On of Hands Stories

Summary The Laying On of Hands Stories ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Read & Download The Laying On of Hands Stories D tragically young; and in Miss Fozzard Finds her Feet a lonely unmarried department store clerk discovers there's to life than looking after her brother through her only indulgence her podiatrist. I ve been a fan of Alan Bennett for many years He s one of those writers who could describe paint dry and keep my interest He s not written a huge amount of prose so I tend to ration myself as I did with Brautigan although at least with Bennett there s still the possibility of a little before he dies I was actually a little disappointed with this group of three because two have been filmed Miss Fozzard Finds her Feet as part of the second season of Talking Heads and Father Father Burning Bright as the standalone play Intensive Care and so only the opening story from which the collection takes its title was new to me Had he included introspection in these latter stories they might ve been interesting but and this was especially evident with Miss Fozzard they felt like I suppose you d call them short story isations rather than works in their own right Of course if you d never seen the teleplays then none of this ll be a problem and you can just sit back and enjoy them for what they are typical Bennett Typical Bennett is a hard thing to define It s tempting to classify him as a humourist since he uses humour extensively but there s always an underlying seriousness some might say miserableness to what he writes It s just the Yorkshire character insists on extracting humour from even the bleakest of situations In the case of the first story a memorial service and the third a vigil I found I could relate the most to the last story I ve been there waiting on someone dying and you can only sit there so long and talk about how great they were and how much you ll miss them After a while you do end up talking about ordinary day to day things For most of us death only happens a few times in our lives we see our parents pass on maybe an uncle or an aunt and that s about it but the simple fact is that people are dying every minute of every day and death really is the most ordinary and routine of things I don t know that there s any special point in waiting You ve done your duty The doctor gave him a winning smile and had Midgley been standing closer would probably have put his hand on his arm as he had been taught to do After all he was almost conspiratorial he doesn t know you re here I don t think he s dying said Midgley Living dying said the boy and shrugged The words meant the same thing You do want your father to live He turned towards the nurse and pulled a little face I was told he wasn t going to last long I live in Hull Our task is to make them last as long as possible The pretty boy looked at his watch We ve no obligation to get them off on time Some of them seem to think we re British Rail the doctor remarked to a nurse in the small hours when they were having a smoke after sexual intercourse There really is nothing worse than being called to a loved one s bedside to be there when they die and then they refuse to die promptly And that s what happens here What s particularly nice about this story is how he manages to flesh out even the minor characters It s very well doneThere are simply too many characters in the opening story to do that a church full but what s interesting in this story is the approach We start off finding ourselves in the shoes of a stranger who doesn t even know the deceased and we have to work out why he s there That kept my interest for a while and then we need to work out how such a diverse bunch could possibly have known the deceased Once that fact is known then what we find ourselves wanting to know is about the deceased in particular how he died which becomes a matter of terrible interest to the majority of the mourners The story does drag on a little although the reason for that is that the service drags on a little and so the storytelling is effective but the humour which is dominant in the opening pages tends to tail off a bit as the story goes on and we get into the human drama The character of the priest is the story s main focus And he is a complex manThe truth was it was God that Geoffrey didn t trust Irony was always the deity s strong point and to afflict a transgressor as timid as Geoffrey with such a disproportionate penalty might appeal to the Almighty s sense of cosmic fun It was unfair to God he knew but he d always felt the deity had a mean side and on one of his reports at theological college his tutor had written Tends to confuse God with Joan Crawford I have no idea what that means but it s still a wonderful line This is by far the most satirical of the three pieces Bennett is commenting on religion sexual politics celebrity and human rights There s plenty of scope to offend here if you re one who s easily offended and I note one Goodreads reviewer who after finishing the book consigned it to the trash Felt good to take even a single copy of this wretched book out of circulation he writes Fine Each to his own I can see why he might feel that The thing is about Bennett is his honesty He tells it how it is Granted there will be loads of people who haven t slept with their masseur or ventured into benign prostitution but I bet most people most people who have aged parents will have at least once or twice wished their parents dead Most of us have unpleasant sides to our character or have done things we re not proud of It may well be the British way to sweep these under the carpet but as we sweep we knowYou can read a long extract from The Laying on of Hands here

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Summary The Laying On of Hands Stories ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Read & Download The Laying On of Hands Stories Alan Bennett's extraordinary ear for dialogue and sharpness of perception have made him a master storyteller In Father Father Burning Bright he writes with tragicomic insight about a son's vigil a. My New Year s resolution is to choose at least once a month one of the books that has been on my bookshelves unread in some cases for years This was a great choice to start me offI love Alan Bennett Who needs audio books when you can have Bennett reading to you in your head This is only a short story of a little than 100 pages but it made me laugh out loud several times It s a masterpiece about a memorial service for a masseur that s attended by everyone from politicians to tv chefs to soap stars all of whom to their surprise had some sort of relationship with the deceased Presiding is a priest who also knew the masseur Geoffrey is an ambitious priest but a bit of a drama ueen It was unfair to God he knew but he d always felt the deity had a mean side and on one of his reports at theological college his tutor had written Tends to confuse God with Joan Crawford ExcellentThe service descends into farce and to say any would be to say too much If you love AB you ll love this An easy 5 stars that s going back on my bookshelf to stay


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    PDF/EPUB The Laying On of Hands Stories First story absolutely hilarious brilliant timing in revealing the details Second story funny absurd Third one of a tragical story

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    PDF/EPUB The Laying On of Hands Stories The thing about reading Alan Bennett is that once you've heard him speak or recite his stories anything you read thereafter you hear in his voice It's most peculiar and uite wonderful to hear his wry Yorkshire tones reading this to me whilst reading from the pagesThis is a sharp wryly amusing tale of a young man's memorial service not promising material I'd have thought but in Bennett's hands it's a wonder TV stars judges senio

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    PDF/EPUB The Laying On of Hands Stories I’ve been a fan of Alan Bennett for many years He’s one of those writers who could describe paint dry and keep my interest He’s not written a huge amount of prose so I tend to ration myself as I did with Brautigan although at least with Bennett there’s still the possibility of a little before he dies I was actually a little disappointed with this group of three because two have been filmed—‘Miss Fozzard Fi

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