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House Arrest: Pandemic Diaries

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To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The book is his personal diary of his time during the lockdown, and he seems to have survived it splendidly.

We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. He makes his ideas and success sound like mere chance, or perhaps through being with the right people at them right time.I spent a pleasant half hour reading this but it's not as jaunty as his diaries have been in the past and the constraints of the pandemic and ageing mean that much of his reflection now relates to past rather than present encounters. Some really touching and poignant moments in here; a few bits that stand out are when Bennett has a small interaction with a stranger sweeping the street that “makes his morning” (such interactions being rare at that point), a footnote in a poem in LRB triggering a vivid childhood memory from 1941 (genuinely fascinating and one of my favourite things is when a tiny snippet evokes mass nostalgia), and when he struggles to explain how his glasses have broken to an optician because of the lack of speaking he’s done to other people during 2020 (definitely remember making some pretty awful blunders for a good few months until I worked out how to socialise again).

Where this tortured restraint does not reach, though, is into Bennett’s ethical worldview which remain as richly communitarian as ever. His 2009 play, The Habit of Art , received glowing reviews and was broadcast live the following year by National Theatre Live. The pandemic is the background and, indeed, the foreground to this latest and most slender tranche of journals, which runs to a mere 64 pages. He may clearly be increasingly frail but, even in lockdown, Alan Bennett retains his customary waspish wit in the latest tranche of his diaries ― Choice --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Higher education and success hasn't ruined his knowledge and experience of how he, and the majority of us, grow up with all kinds of completely different experiences that shape our lives for ever after. This radical essay explores patriarchy and capitalism’s impact on beauty ideals, and inspires us to embrace our own disobedient bodies. With Rupert now working from home my life is much easier, as I get regular cups of tea and a lovely hot lunch. The director pops round later that day to discuss details, which he is obliged to semaphore from the other side of the street.

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