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Talking Heads is a collection of monologues (plays consisting of one character speaking) that is easy to read, humorous and the characters are so endearing. Bennett has a way of making sympathetic features of a character into something hilarious. There was Maggie the vicar's wife who kept ... Read review

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Community Level 2ReiKo

ReiKo

I said, She said: Excellent!

AdvantagesWork of art, I personally liked it more on paper.

DisadvantagesIf you are more of a TV person then watch the series, it is equally as good as the paper version.

"Talking Heads is a collection of monologues (plays consisting of one character speaking) that is easy to read, humorous and the characters are so endearing. Bennett has a way of making sympathetic features of a character into something hilarious. There was Maggie the vicar's wife who kept drinking all the Holy Communion wine from the cupboard, and then went on to having an affair with the shop owner. There's another one with this woman who had ..." Read review
14.09.2000

Ciao members have rated this review on average: helpful

Community Level 1alfievirgo

alfievirgo

Talking Heads by Alan Bennett

AdvantagesEasy to read - better than the TV series.

DisadvantagesNone

"This is much more accessible than one would imagine. It is a breeze to read and it's amazing how quickly one gets to the end of each chapter. I deliberately slowed my reading pace in order to prolong the enjoyment. If you've already seen the TV series, this is still a treat. Bennett proves that he can write from the mouths and hearts of people from all walks of life in these surprisingly witty, fun and tragic monologues. One minute you will find yourself ..." Read review
01.09.2006

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Community Level 2comradeward

comradeward

Unmissable

Advantagesgood actors/actresses

Disadvantagesnot action-packed

"Alan Bennet's famous "Talking Heads" monologues, of which there are twelve, really are astonishing. Being monologues, the depth of empathy one can have with the character in question is incredible. They are basically a number of short stories: some about everyday struggle or joy, and others about extraordinary occurrences. In every one, Bennet manages to make the characters sound so convincing that if you closed your eyes, you could almost become ..." Read review
10.09.2000

Ciao members have rated this review on average: somewhat helpful

Community Level 1sophie_801

sophie_801

An insight inot the lives of others

Advantagesthe depth of the character, believable and each unique

DisadvantagesNone i can think of

"Although the characters are finctional,grounded no doubt on Alan's past experience and chance meetings,They are colourful, bright and full of life. Each of the monologues are unique to the next, Bennett creates a world of his own allowing the reader to see through the eyes of his characters and gain an insight into their, more often than not, tragic lives. The alcoholic Vicar's wife, the lady with the dead husband, financially ruined yet continues, ..." Read review
26.11.2006

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Alan Bennett sealed his reputation as the master of observation with this series of 12 groundbreaking monologues, originally filmed for BBC Television. At once darkly comic, tragically poignant and wonderfully uplifting, "Talking Heads" is widely regarded as a modern classic. This new edition, which contains the complete collection of "Talking Heads", as well as his earlier monologue, "A Woman of No Importance", is a celebration of Alan Bennett's finest work. See all Product Description

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Type Play
Title Talking Heads
Author Alan Bennett
ISBN 0563206225; 184607259X

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GLOOMY, AS IT SHOULD BE (*)
Unusual
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Repays close and repeated reading.
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superb playwright, excellent work.
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Fantastic monologue
is better to see it (*)
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