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Author:
Alan Bennett
ISBN13:
978-0312422257
ISBN:
0312422253
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Publisher:
Picador; First edition (May 2, 2003)
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Short Stories & Anthologies
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1857 kb
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Home Alan Bennett The Laying on of Hands: Stories. Seated obscurely towards the back of the church and on a side aisle, Treacher was conscious nevertheless of being much looked at. Tall, thin and with a disagreeable expression, were this a film written forty years ago he would have been played by the actor Raymond Huntley who, not unvinegary in life, in art made a speciality of ill-tempered businessmen and officious civil servants. He was an awkward boy with big hands. He was the kind of youth Modigliani painted and for a moment Geoffrey wondered if he was attractive, but decided he was just young. .The Laying on of Hands: Stories, . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13. ‘People were upset,’ Geoffrey said.

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Home Alan Bennett The Laying on of Hands: Stories. With set face and making no concessions to her age or sensibilities Carl stood over Miss Wishart. As he himself knelt he saw the student-type in the anorak, impervious to the atmosphere obviously, still with his hand up and waving it even more vigorously now. But enough had been said and the priest ignored him. There is a hush, with Treacher relieved that Father Jolliffe has at last got a grip on the service and is now going to bring these unseemly proceedings to a fitting conclusion.

Three stories in one volume from one of Britain's most admired authors and playwrights. The Laying On Of Hands is Bennett at his inimitable best in this funny, and mischievous satire about a society memorial service for a rather special masseur who has died at a tragically young age in Peru. The Laying On Of Hands is Bennett at his inimitable best in this funny, and mischievous satire about a society memorial service for a rather special masseur who has died at a tragically young age in Peru

The title story of Alan Bennett's "The Laying on of Hands," a novella that takes up half the book of three stories, demonstrates the playwright's sparkling versatility as a writer.

The title story of Alan Bennett's "The Laying on of Hands," a novella that takes up half the book of three stories, demonstrates the playwright's sparkling versatility as a writer. Among the attendees is wide selection of mourners, including many of England's wealthy and famous, male and female, a "version of England," as it were.

Alan Bennett's extraordinary ear for dialogue and sharpness of perception have made him a master storyteller. The Laying of Hands" and two additional short stories were included in this small book. The title story is a satirical piece about a memorial service for a masseur who has died at a young age. The church is filled with his clients, many of them celebrities, who offer special memories of the deceased. I really can't imagine people divulging very personal information at a church service so it didn't seem totally realistic.

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This is Alan Bennett at his absolute best with an exceptional satire. It is a perfect work of fiction but it will give readers the extra frisson of pleasure of identifying many of the characters, including even the masseur. This is a small masterpiece. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

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 at 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 died tragically young; and in "Miss Fozzard Finds her Feet," a lonely, unmarried department store clerk discovers there's more to life than looking after her brother through her only indulgence, her podiatrist.

  • The title story of Alan Bennett's "The Laying on of Hands," a novella that takes up half the book of three stories, demonstrates the playwright's sparkling versatility as a writer.

    Anyone who has seen or read Bennett's recent Tony-award-winning play, "The History Boys," will appreciate the more subtle humor of "The Laying on of Hands," the focus of which is a memorial service for a highly attractive, skillful, and young (dead at age 34) masseur conducted by a High Anglican priest who, like most of those attending the service, has enjoyed the virile masseur's services, albeit without the knowledge of the others.

    Among the attendees is wide selection of mourners, including many of England's wealthy and famous, male and female, a "version of England," as it were. Add a self-righteous Archdeacon, there to report on the conduct of Father Geoffrey Jolliffe, who is conducting the service, and you have the ingredients for a smart, subversive dark comedy revolving around the question of "What did he die of?"

    To supply the answer would spoil the story. Read it and enjoy it; then read and see the movie version, available on DVD, of "The History Boys" if you haven't already.

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  • I was very pleased with this collection of short stories. Alan Bennett is a delightful and thoughtful writer who pushes the limits of cultural comfort levels with his writing. Although I wasn't quite as enamored with these stories as I have been in the past with "History Boys" and "The Uncommon Reader," I was far from disappointed. If you are already a Bennett fan in search of new material I highly recommend picking this up. If you are new to Bennett and looking for an introduction to his work I highly recommend putting this one on your shelf... but read it *after* "The Uncommon Reader."

  • I found this work by Alan Bennett to be inviting however with so many possibilities for twists and trysts falling short of perfect. There were many places that the story could have gone especially near the conclusion I had hoped one or two might materialize. Witty, fun as ever, and clever, but for me a bit tame in the end. Perhaps after reading "The Uncommon Reader" with its twists and turns I expected more at the finish. All in all a very good read.

  • Very quirky and wonderfully written, and very very funny. It left me quietly smiling for quite a while. Just try it!

  • I have always liked Mr Bennett book wonderful writer

  • bought on the advice of a friend. Guess we don't have the same sense of humor.

  • Alan Bennett, as always, reveals his depth of understanding of human nature, especially human weakness in The Laying of Hands. His observations are so acute that the reader will wriggle with embarrassment and astonishment and possibly hope never too meet the author with the oh so perceptive eye.

  • Good entertaining read