Here is a quirky, wry, and ironic tale about the Ransomes, who have been burgled. Everything has gone, even the toilet paper, and for the stuffy solicitor and his wife, it marks a turning point.More
"Welcome to the wonderful world of Alan Bennett, deliciously enriched by the voice of the master himself." (The Sunday Times)
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The sharp tongue of Bennett is delightful
Witty. Acerbic. Understated.
I wouldn't change anything. Bennett is a master of social observation, particularly of the common man. I adore his ability to expose the darker personality flaws of the general middle class. Very satisfying.
Probably the beginning where the couple first discover their plight. The dialogue is so clever. Tiny nuances evolve with such terse snaps. I can think of a few older men with outlooks like Mr Ransome, and many long suffering wives like Mre Ransome.
The ending. Makes you feel sorry for older generations who were supposed to grin and bear any sort of banal existence