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Shvoong Home>Books>Humor>That was the satire that was Review

That was the satire that was

Book Review   by:SM THOMPSON     Original Author: Humphrey Carpenter
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That Was The Satire That was ... a big book I grabbed off the shelf today and
delved into it with the enthusiasm of a fully employed teacher in English:
Drama: Religious Education and Writing ... and the outcome is such that
I simply couldnt put it down.
The listing are as follows: Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett: Eleanor Bron, John Fortune,
Alan Bennett, David Frost, Alan Coren ... and many more ..
The history of this type of satire spanned the period of my school days and entry into the Diplomatic Service in London, England. I could never quite work out why they would
continually refer to London as gray ... since when I arrived to work full time and
live and reside in London ... it was enchanting ... full of delightful restaurants,
cafes, societies, opera houses, music halls, and up to the minute discos around
every street in Mayfair or connecting borough of London ....
However, the correction is thus ... the reference to "gray" refers to Harold McMillan''s Britain .. and his /class war/ which seemed to hinge on the "Never had it so good" speech which Harold McMillan made during his days as Prime Minister of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
If I were to choose one satirist that really has amused me all through these years of grayness for Londoners, and brightness for professional Londoners such as myself, I would centre on Alan Bennett and his writings .... a lot is written by Alan Bennett and there have been readings on the radio by Alan Bennett which keep me listening throughout the afternoon during National Bank Holidays, vacations, or time off days or whatever ... absolutely in stitches .. I hasten to add .. A few words about Alan Bennett add to the summary of his background which is Leeds in Northern England - and his family were working class, and Alan was the first member of the family to go to University. This was quite a feather in their cap and so apparently even to this day Alan Bennett has never stopped talking about it .... he went on to take a First in English but he is modest with it ..
Satire as it used to be ... these days ... everybody goes to University, and let me add I went to University too but not in this country ... so I now join the First class society and nobody can look down on my achievements either ... presumably a lot of what people set about to do or believed in ... has been spoofed by this jolly satiire of the 1960s periods.
Incidentally, Alan Coren, writer .. The Times, London went to University in 1957!!
Great stuff! ... Keep on reading books ..
Published: October 10, 2007   
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