The Laying on of Hands

Alan Bennett

i picked this up browsing at the library. supposedly Bennett has an “extraordinary ear for dialogue.” the three stories in this small book are all very funny, in a british comedy sort of way. in fact, the “Father! Father! Burning Bright” was originally a TV movie starring the author in 1982. i liked how the title story evolved, with certain characters identities being slowly revealed. “Miss Fozzard Finds her Feet” seemed to run around a lot without going anywhere interesting. in the end, the humor kind of turned me off, and when it’s basically all humor, that doesn’t leave a whole lot to enjoy.