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The Lady In The Van By Alan Bennett,

  • Title: The Lady In The Van
  • Author: Alan Bennett
  • ISBN: 9781861971227
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Paperback
  • Life imitates art in The Lady in the Van, the story of the itinerant Miss Shepherd, who lived in a van in Alan Bennett s driveway from the early 1970s until her death in 1989 It is doubtful that Bennett could have made up the eccentric Miss Shepherd if he tried, but his poignant, funny but unsentimental account of their strange relationship is akin to his best fictional sLife imitates art in The Lady in the Van, the story of the itinerant Miss Shepherd, who lived in a van in Alan Bennett s driveway from the early 1970s until her death in 1989 It is doubtful that Bennett could have made up the eccentric Miss Shepherd if he tried, but his poignant, funny but unsentimental account of their strange relationship is akin to his best fictional screen writing.Bennett concedes that One seldom was able to do her a good turn without some thoughts of strangulation , but as the plastic bags build up, the years pass by and Miss Shepherd moves into Bennett s driveway, a relationship is established which defines a certain moment in late 20th century London life which has probably gone forever The dissenting, liberal, middle class world of Bennett and his peers comes into hilarious but also telling collision with the world of Miss Shepherd there was a gap between our social position and our social obligations It was in this gap that Miss Shepherd in her van was able to live Bennett recounts Miss Shepherd s bizarre escapades in his inimitable style, from her letter to the Argentinean Embassy at the height of the Falklands War, to her attempts to stand for Parliament and wangle an electric wheelchair out of the Social Services Beautifully observed, The Lady in the Van is as notable for Bennett s attempts to uncover the enigmatic history of Miss Shepherd, as it is for its amusing account of her eccentric escapades Jerry Brotton
    The Lady In The Van Life imitates art in The Lady in the Van the story of the itinerant Miss Shepherd who lived in a van in Alan Bennett s driveway from the early s until her death in It is doubtful that Benne

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    1. I dislike rating plays because they are made to be watched, not read So in reality the book of the play is probably a three star it is interesting and funny, saddening, heartfelt, completely Bennettesque of course and the dialogue is just superb But it can only really give you so much and there is very little description beyond the staging, which is fair enough, but not quite enough and the way Bennett writes it I don t feel like I am worthy of calling him Alan purposefully in that way means tha [...]

    2. I have a shelf called British Charm, and one of my favorites from that group is Alan Bennett s The Uncommon Reader, a delightful novella about what would happen if the Queen of England suddenly became an avid reader My affection for that book inspires me to seek out anything Mr Bennett writes.Another Goodreader recommended The Lady in the Van, which is a bittersweet play based on a true story In 1974, Bennett bumped into a woman named Miss Shepherd, who was delusional and living in an old van Af [...]

    3. Enjoyed this short book for what it was 99 pages Well written Great humor, a touch of compassion and sadness I wanted to read this book after The Uncommon Reader, which was often hilarious and really funny The Lady In The Van did not disappoint Might write later.

    4. Bettie s Books Re visit via film Maggie Smith as Miss Mary Shepherd Margaret Fairchild Alex Jennings as Alan Bennett Roger Allam as Rufus Deborah Findlay as Pauline Jim Broadbent as Underwood Cecilia Noble as Miss Briscoe Gwen Taylor as Mam Frances de la Tour as Ursula Vaughan Williams Nicholas Burns as Giles Perry Pandora Colin as Mrs Perry

    5. Very charming and funny, quirky I suppose, but also terribly sad The world is full of brilliant, weird, interesting , folk, but how badly we treat anyone who doesn t fit Reminds me of this cafe I go to Theres always this old guy loitering outside Soon as a customer leaves, the cafe owner waves the old guy in, and invites him to polish off any food left Then the old guy salutes the owner, and leaves.Talk about break my heart Yeah, sad and funny And probably full of social messages

    6. Very funny true book about the dignity afforded an elderly citizen by Alan Bennett and his neighbours Wonderfully written.

    7. I read this pamphlet of a book two days before seeing the film and gosh the film is so much better, partly because of the divine Maggie Smith but also because the film ain t the book What really interested me in the film was the many allusions to Alan Bennett s sexuality Has he come out in glorious fashion without me knowing I thought it was one of those unspoken secrets that everybody knows surely many of us had uncles when growing up who were well different the eternal bachelors, the glorious [...]

    8. A very strange and oddly beautiful collection of essays about an eccentric homeless woman that the author allowed to live in her van on his property for 20 odd years There s no sugar coating, so you see their strange relationship develop over time with its odd intimacies and uncomfortableness, and a kind of affection It really gives a face and a dignity to the crazies you see on the street everywhere in the world A quick read and worth it.

    9. The Lady in the Van is a true story by British author, Alan Bennett Essentially, it is an account of his interactions, over some twenty years, with the elderly Miss Shepherd, a homeless woman whose van was parked, at first in his street opposite his house, then later, in his front garden Not until after she died, did Bennett learn very much at all about this secretive, opinionated, demanding old lady.Entries often read thus April 1989 A staple of Miss S s shopping list these days is sherbet lemo [...]

    10. Although only 99 pages this short memoir packed a punch Poignant, thought provoking and really funny at times My first ever read by Alan Bennett, I think I need to explore of his work The kindness Alan Bennett showed towards Miss Shephard is admirable allowing an eccentric homeless woman to live in her van in his driveway for 15 years Amazing This little book was a beautiful read A few days later I watched the film It was brilliant Maggie Smith was magnificent.

    11. This book was the unlikely topic of conversation with a friend after a few drinks Slightly dejected, he recounted his guilt over his grandmothers death and wondered if he had done enough as she spiralled into eccentricity What brought on this rather morose reminiscence I asked, and he mentioned that he had recently seen the movie The Lady in the Van , and she reminded him a little of his slightly batty granny.I looked it up when I got home, and seeing that it was based on a book, I promptly boug [...]

    12. I think this biography is readable and interesting since Alan Bennett wrote from his direct experience on a lady tramp who lived in her old van The van itself parked in his land for 15 years was her home till she passed away I like his ways of expressing himself considerately and kindly towards an elderly lady who wasn t his relative at all I think it s his compassion, character and wisdom that shaped all of his motive and action in helping her live comfortably as much as she could It s funny, I [...]

    13. Miss Shepherd is one of those unforgettable quirky characters that manages to jump from the page as soon as you read about her Bennett himself describes her as Dickensian and he is not wrong What helps is Bennett s to the point writing style that builds just enough description with wry social commentary and personal experience A recent movie adaptation has cast Maggie Smith as our Lady in the Van and although she does not meet the physical description of this Miss Shepherd, I look forward to see [...]

    14. I know someone who keeps raving about Alan Bennett s writing, so I thought I d investigate with this little story I enjoy this type of writing and Mr B seems to do it quite well commenting on something that happens in real life and giving you pause for thought and reflection Of course, not everyone has some very eccentric woman park her broken down van in their driveway for 20 years When the stench was mentioned, especially the part about certain unmentionables drying on the electric ring, I tho [...]

    15. Read May 2017As with Educating Rita which I read at roughly the same time as this, I saw the film version before I read the book unusual for me The film of The Lady in the Van was alright but dragged on a bit in my opinion In contrast the book is very short my copy was 101 pages long and I would have liked a little detail in there If I hadn t watched the film first I think I would have found it a bit too thin It is set out in the form of Bennett s diary entries concerning Miss S over the course [...]

    16. Be honest with yourself at least, if not with me Would you allow a filthy and foul mouthed homeless woman of uncertain age to park her trailer in your yard and live there for decades until she dies I wouldn t, I couldn t But this is what Alan Bennett, the extraordinarily gifted and prolific British author and playwright put up with, with nary a harsh word, but with this memoir to show for it when the romance, such as it was, ended Not a sentimental thought, not a feel good message, not an emotio [...]

    17. This book takes the form of a collection of short diary entries The book is only 100 pages and can easily be read in one sitting Now a film and once a play it is a homage of sorts to a mentally vulnerable, homeless, cantankerous, eccentric woman called Miss Mary Shepherd who takes up residence in the author Alan Bennett s front drive in the 70 s Shabbily dressed with mismatched materials and stinking to high heaven Miss Shepherd disdains all help whilst languishing in squalor writing letters to [...]

    18. Descriptive, eccentric, brilliant writing Alan Bennett moved into Gloucester Crescent, Camden in 1969, hoping for a quiet and uncomplicated life so that he could get on with his writing, but then Miss Mary Shepherd somehow inveigled her way into his life Her van became a permanent fixture on the patio just outside his study for the next fifteen years I know that I m going to re visit this book time and time again, in case I forget this lady, this very eccentric smelly lady and her vans the plast [...]

    19. Proof is here, if proof were needed, that truth is indeed stranger than fiction There s nowt so queer as folk, as they say.Now, of course, I want to see the movie with one of my favourite actresses Dame Maggie Smith.

    20. The structure of this book is just .off Basically, there were four distinct sections The first two had to do with The Lady in the Van The initial section was entries from Alan Bennett s diary discussing the filming of The Lady in the Van The next section was of memoir recounting the time a homeless woman lived in her van on Bennett s property the actual Lady in the Van story which apparently was made into a stage play and subsequently a movie.Then, those two sections are followed by two fiction [...]

    21. THE LADY IN THE VAN 1994 Alan Bennett .I have to presume that this is non fiction Bennett tells the story in the first person and takes on his role in the various events described It s the story of Miss Shepherd, a woman in her seventies that we would term a street person, with one important exception she lives in a caravan RV After a series of incidents where she was forced to move her van from its several early parking places, she ends up parking in the garden of Bennett s house Bennett, being [...]

    22. This is really just an excerpt from Writing Home which I read many years ago Since it has been published on it s own, someone in my book group has chosen it for discussion in December so I had another read The writing is just wonderful and Miss Shepherd is a true eccentric character She may well have had mental health issues, but she managed to get things organised to suit herself in a very effective way I expect AB would have said he was just doing things for her to get her off his back but not [...]

    23. It just didn t sit well with me The whole premise seems to be making fun of a person with a mental illness a REAL person, because this is based on the author s real life Haha I m so smug and rich and I m a writer Let s all laugh at the crazy lady No, thanks.

    24. A fascinating, humorous and yet also saddening read It s highly thought provoking, emphasising how we treat people, such as Miss S, on the streets, who we assume are crazy and odd A short read, definitely worth it

    25. Very short and not at all what I thought it would be Alan Bennett is a decent human being if this account of an eccentric and oftentimes difficult old lady camping next out in his garden for decades is true.

    26. I thought this was going to be a fun little nonfiction book but I was so wrong This was really sad and depressing

    27. This one s interesting because it s a memoir that Bennett wrote about a woman who literally lived in a broken down van in his garden, and it basically conveys her personality perfectly The problem is that she wasn t very likeable.Still, she s definitely a character, which is why the book was turned into a movie with Maggie Smith Sure, she used the N word , called herself a proud Tory and sang the praises of Enoch Powell, but she s dead now so eh.

    28. A bitter sweet little read with the typical Bennet humour, but demonstrates the emotional hardships that life can bring, and the value of leading a hand to those in need, even if if that hand is dirty, and extending from a maggot infested yellow van.

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