Monday, 16 April 2018

Smut: Two Unseemly Stories by Alan Bennett

Smut: Two Unseemly StoriesSmut: Two Unseemly Stories by Alan Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

‘It was an ancient battleground... what she called it, what he called it and whether he was allowed to call it anything at all.’

Bennett calls it (this book, that is) ‘Smut’ and someone (possibly an editor) adds the subtitle ‘Two Unseemly Stories’. But they’re anything but. They’re witty, funny, forensically observed and structurally near-perfect tales and the subject happens to be sex. Not smut. There’s nothing smutty about them other than in a ‘shocking-my-maiden-aunt-just-mentioning-it’ way. And that, somehow, is the only slight problem. The sense that this is being packaged as taboo (the cover - cleverly - has a keyhole to peep through!) when it’s really anything but. But what it is is well worth reading.

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