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The Clothes They Stood Up In and The Lady in the Van
The Clothes They Stood Up In and The Lady in the Van Author:Alan Bennett From Alan Bennett, the author of The Madness of King George, come two stories about the strange nature of possessions...or the lack of them. In the nationally bestselling novel The Clothes They Stood Up In, the staid Ransomes return from the opera to find their Regent’s Park flat stripped bare—right down to the toilet-p... more »aper roll. Free of all their earthly belongings, the couple faces a perplexing question: Who are they without the things they’ve spent a lifetime accumulating? Suddenly a world of unlimited, frightening possibility opens up before them.
In “The Lady in the Van,” which The Village Voice called “one of the finest bursts of comic writing the twentieth century has produced,” Bennett recounts the strange life of Miss Shepherd, a London eccentric who parked her van (overstuffed with decades’ worth of old clothes, oozing batteries, and kitchen utensils still in their original packaging) in the author’s driveway for more than fifteen years. A mesmerizing portrait of an outsider with an acquisitive taste and an indomitable spirit, this biographical essay is drawn with equal parts fascination and compassion.« less
Alan Bennett presents two stories dealing with possessions, or the lack of them. In the first story, "The Clothes They Stood Up In", the Ransomes return home to find their apartment totally stripped bare. Possibility immediately opens up before them. Who are they - now that their lifetime accumulations are gone?
The second story, "The Lady in the Van" tells about the strange life of Miss Shepherd, a London eccentric, who parked her overstuffed van in the author's driveway for fifteen years.
Both stories were entertaining, humorous at times, and always thought provoking.