Mrs Harris Goes to New york.
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Undaunted by the prospect of travel, new ways, new faces and places, she sets off gaily for the New World with her faithful but timid friend, Mrs. Harris books I've read (of which this was one) but I think in retrospect they were saved from perfection by his moral homilies. These are intended to be very lighthearted books, with a simple style that mirrors Mrs Harris's childlike nature, so I wouldn't knock off a star for lack of depth, but I did wonder why the Paris one is on Boxall's 1001 list. PAUL GALLICO was born in New York City, o
The basic plot revolves around a young abandoned boy who lives next door to Mrs Harris and regularly gets beaten by his foster parents.
Early on in this blog I began rating the books I talked about on a 1 to 10 scale; it was meant to be a quick way to communicate my personal degree of satisfaction/pleasure (or the opposite) in each reading experience. Harris Goes to Paris is a 1958 comic tale about a London charwoman who sets a goal to purchase a Dior dress in Paris. I want to read more of his books but I know what you mean – even Mrs Harris has its tinges of melancholic wistfulness and I like to keep those sort of books on the positive rather than sad side!
I can never have enough of her’ Justine Picardie’It is almost impossible not to succumb to Gallico’s spell’ Times Literary SupplementMrs Harris is a salt-of-the-earth London charlady who cheerfully cleans the houses of the rich.
There were also a few instances of racist language, particularly in the second book, which I found uncomfortable to hear, especially coming from Juliet Stevenson’s mouth! Mrs Harris is a wonderful heroine who you’ll be rooting for all the way, and Paul Gallico manages to weave stories that have a moral heart without being saccharine or twee. He then worked for the National Board of Motion Picture Review, and after six months took a job as the motion picture critic for the New York Daily News.
On a side note–I have gotten atrociously behind in blog reading and have several weeks worth of posts to catch up with–but in case I miss anymore posts before your new journey begins–Have a great trip to NYC and I can’t wait to hear about your new adventures! The comic tale takes on a final poignant overtone when the dress is loaned to an up-and-coming actress, with disastrous consequences. In 1936 he bought a house on top of a hill at Salcombe in South Devon and settled down with a Great Dane and twenty-three assorted cats. I can never have enough of her' Justine Picardie 'It is almost impossible not to succumb to Gallico's spell' Times Literary Supplement 'Wherever she goes Mrs.
In all the years of her drab and humble existence, she’s never seen anything as magical as the dress before her and she’s never wanted anything as much before.