Smut by Alan Bennett
Stories

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...the antiquated register and backdrop jar at times. The smut itself is unlikely to shock...
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One 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.

 

About Alan Bennett

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Alan Bennett is a renowned playwright and essayist whose screenplay for The Madness of King George was nominated for an Academy Award. He lives in London, England.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Picador. 161 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Smut
All: 3 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 1

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by JS Tennant on Mar 17 2012

...the antiquated register and backdrop jar at times. The smut itself is unlikely to shock...

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Jan 04 2012

Bennett is a pro at fearlessly taking his concepts to their wildest extremes while keeping a straight face. I

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by David L. Ulin on Jan 08 2012

It's a vivid moment, and it almost gives us sympathy for a character who is otherwise largely unsympathetic, controlling and cold.

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