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The Laying On of Hands: Stories

by Alan Bennett (Author)

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very good collection. stories start and just go on. the nurses were very funny.
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  mahallett | Jun 2, 2012 |
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." ( )
  bkwurm | Oct 6, 2011 |
Very, very funny!!!!

Recommended read!
  marilynr | Mar 5, 2008 |
Although I rarely read short stories, I enjoyed these three quite a bit. Mostly I love the British sense of humor, and the author's skill at showing the human foibles of his characters. ( )
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August, JulieCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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With his actor's ear for dialogue, his dead-on pacing, and his talent for social comedy, British playwright Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George) is hardly lacking in literary gifts. The three stories in The Laying On of Hands, two of which have been filmed by the BBC, are funny in different ways. The title piece is a slow-to-ripen satire set at the Anglican funeral service of a handsome young masseur, whose clients turn out to include cabinet ministers, soap opera stars, and the presiding clergyman. The second story, "Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet," describes the odd relationship a pure-minded middle-aged woman develops with her charming chiropodist (podiatrist). And the final story, "Father! Father! Burning Bright," follows a mousy schoolteacher named Midgley through the self-searching and nurse-hunting days preceding his father's death in Intensive Care. The range and subtle coloration of Bennett's humor will appeal, especially, to readers of Robertson Davies and Muriel Spark. --Regina Marler

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A witty satire on a society memorial for a male masseur.

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