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    DescriptionOne of England's finest and most loved writers explores the uncomfortable and tragicomic gap between people's public appearance and their private desires in two tender and surprising stories. In "The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson, " a recently bereaved widow finds interesting ways to supplement her income by performing as a patient for medical students, and renting out her spare room. Quiet, middle-class, and middle-aged, Mrs. Donaldson will soon discover that she rather enjoys role-play at the hospital, and the irregular and startling entertainment provided by her tenants. In" The Shielding of Mrs. Forbes, " a disappointed middle-aged mother dotes on her only son, Graham, who believes he must shield her from the truth. As Graham's double life becomes increasingly complicated, we realize how little he understands, not only of his own desires but also those of his mother. A master storyteller dissects a very English form of secrecy with two stories of the unexpected in otherwise apparently ordinary lives.


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    Title
    Smut
    Subtitle
    Stories
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alan Bennett
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 120 mm
    Height: 186 mm
    Thickness: 11 mm
    Weight: 141 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781250003164
    ISBN 10: 1250003164
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 823.914
    BIC E4L: SST
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FYB
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    DC22: 823/.914
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: P25100000
    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000, FIC019000
    LC classification: PR6052.E5 S68 2011B
    Thema V1.0: FB, FYB
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    St Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    St Martin's Press
    Publication date
    01 March 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Alan Bennett has been one of England's leading dramatists since the success of "Beyond the Fringe. The History Boys "won six Tony Awards; his most recent play is "The Habit of Art."
    Review quote
    "Artfully entertaining...On one particular subject Bennett is incomparably brilliant: role-playing, which is the meat of both stories." --Simon Schama, "Financial Times" (London) "Bennett's humor consistently resides in the logic of the parenthetical aside, the comedy of the false appearances or misperceptions being challenged or disabused....Mrs. Donaldson is not as unconventional as she thought herself, and no one around Mr. Forbes is where--or who--they pretend to be." --"The Guardian" (London) "Tender and comic...This is Bennett's world, where repression is never far from the sexual act....Good, old-fashioned British humor with the lightest of subversive twists."--"The Independent" (London)