Book Review: Forty Years On by Alan Bennett

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I’m going to give you a quick review of another fast reading selection—this one
a play by Alan Bennett—-the prolific Alan Bennett.  I have formerly read by
him The Uncommon Reader, about the queen learning to enjoy reading novels
for fun, and The Clothes They Stood Up In, about a family living near Regent’s
Park returning from the opera to find out that their entire flat has been
cleaned out by burglars.

If the book is by Alan Bennett, you know the words will fly right along and this
play is no exception.  It takes place at an English boys’ school.  The conservative
headmaster is retiring after forty years and does so as part of a drama production
that the boys present.  There is much on and off stage activity with the boys
singing in the chorus and arranging the stage, etc.  Kind of fun.

The new headmaster, also present, has more of a liberal bent and there is room
for banter as the players review the past political scenes and times of the school
and the nation.

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