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Mrs Harris Goes to Paris & Mrs Harris Goes to New York (edició 2022)

de Paul Gallico (Autor)

Sèrie: Mrs. 'Arris (1, 2)

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From beloved author Paul Gallico, the delightful and uplifting story of Mrs. Harris, an ordinary woman whose life is transformed by one beautiful dress-soon to be a motion picture starring Lesley Manville and Isabelle Huppert. Mrs. Harris is a salt-of-the-earth London charlady who cheerfully cleans the houses of the rich. One day, when tidying Lady Dant's wardrobe, she comes across the most beautiful thing she has ever seen in her life-a Dior dress. 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 so badly. Determined to make her dream come true, Mrs. Harris scrimps and saves until one day, after three long, uncomplaining years, she finally has enough money to go to Paris. When she arrives at the House of Dior, Mrs. Harris has little idea of how her life is about to be turned upside down and how many other lives she will transform forever. Always kind, always cheery, and always winsome, the indomitable Mrs. Harris takes Paris by storm and learns one of life's greatest lessons along the way. This treasure from the 1950s introduces the irrepressible Mrs. Harris, part charlady, part fairy-godmother, whose adventures take her from her humble London roots to the heights of glamour.… (més)
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Títol:Mrs Harris Goes to Paris & Mrs Harris Goes to New York
Autors:Paul Gallico (Autor)
Informació:Bloomsbury Adult (2022), 320 pages
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Mrs 'arris Goes to Paris [and] Mrs 'arris Goes to New York de Paul Gallico

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I enjoyed this book. I happened to also be reading Crouch's fast-paced Recursion at the same time, so Crouch kept calling me back. Mrs. Harris is meant for someone needing a slower little jaunt. Both are great books, but fit vastly different needs. ( )
  BoundTogetherForGood | Sep 3, 2022 |
Mrs. Harris is an extraordinary char woman. Kind beyond measure, hard working, thoughtful, caring, and cheerful, she makes life easier for everyone around her. One day, seeing a gorgeous gown in the closet of one of the rich ladies she cleans for, she falls in love with a Dior dress. Now, nothing would do except she had to own one, too. Scrimping, saving, and gambling a bit, after three years, she has enough money to purchase a dress, and then begins her adventure of buying her gown. It’s a lovely and delightful tale, but not all is happy. Still, Mrs. Harris makes the best possible spin on what she has and teaches us some positive lessons along the way. In the second tale, she and her friend go to New York, hoping to secure a better home for a little boy whom no one seems to want. Smuggling him with them into the ship to New York wasn’t too hard, but gettin him actually into the USA proved to be a bit of a sticky wicket! Luckily, she has friends where she has been, and she never fails to be a friend to all. These stories were written in 1958 and 1960, but are still delightful to read and quite enjoyable. Well written with a cast of great characters, Mrs. Harris’s adventures are highly entertaining. ( )
  Maydacat | Aug 11, 2022 |
Light, easy read from the 1960's. I was interested because they made a movie out of it, but figured out I'd read it a long time ago. ( )
  EllenH | Jul 23, 2022 |
I was in the mood for something light so I plucked this book off my TBR pile (which is way too big to be called just a pile, perhaps mountain is more appropriate). When I was a kid one of my favourite books was Thomasina by this same author. It was actually published before Mrs 'Arris Goes to Paris but I had never managed to read it although I have read a few other Gallico works. When I went looking for a copy it came with the sequel so I polished off both the Paris and the New York adventures of Mrs. 'Arris

In the Paris book Mrs. Ada Harris works as a daily char for a number of people in the fashionable area of London known as Belgravia. In the home of one of her customers she finds two Dior dresses hanging in the closet waiting for Lady Dant to decide which one to wear. Mrs. 'Arris (as a Cockney she drops her haitches) is gobsmacked by how lovely they are. Although she has nowhere to wear such a creation she comes up with a plan to save enough money to go to Paris and buy a dress from Dior. Little does she know that one does not just walk in off the street and find a rack of dresses to try on but that is all part of the story. Mrs. 'Arris meets a wide variety of people from a fashion model to a marquis and forms friendships with them all. And she acquires the dress of her dreams.

In the New York story Mrs. 'Arris and her friend Mrs. Butterfield accompany another client who is moving from London back to New York and is concerned that she won't find the quality of help that she has become used to in England. In between the apartments of the two chars is the home of the Gusset family. Living with them is Henry Brown who is the offspring of a marriage between a British waitress and a member of the American armed forces. When the American went back home the wife refused to accompany him and the two divorced. Henry's mother soon met another man who didn't want to look after another man's child so Henry came to live with the Gussets. His mother was supposed to pay them for his keep but the payments stopped coming and she could not be found. So the Gussets felt they could treat Henry badly, hitting him and keeping him on short rations. Mrs. 'Arris decides to take him with her to America to find his father whom she is sure will be thrilled to have him. Many adventures ensue.

I was completely charmed by the first book but I thought the New York one strained the bounds of credibility just a little too much. Nevertheless they were fun and a great antidote to the pandemic worries that abound. ( )
  gypsysmom | May 3, 2021 |
I have only read Mrs Harris Goes to Paris so far, but it's a charming and lovely read. I recently saw the stage version of it and wanted to read the book that it was based on. Mrs Harris is a charwoman in London in the late 50s and sets her heart on a £450 Dior dress after seeing one in the wardrobe of one of the ladies she 'does' for. We follow her through her attempts to make enough money and then her trip to Paris. She meets some people along the way whose life she changes and who, in turn, change her life.

It's a heartwarming and moving story and I don't think it's as dated as some books written at a similar time. ( )
  nicx27 | Aug 13, 2016 |
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From beloved author Paul Gallico, the delightful and uplifting story of Mrs. Harris, an ordinary woman whose life is transformed by one beautiful dress-soon to be a motion picture starring Lesley Manville and Isabelle Huppert. Mrs. Harris is a salt-of-the-earth London charlady who cheerfully cleans the houses of the rich. One day, when tidying Lady Dant's wardrobe, she comes across the most beautiful thing she has ever seen in her life-a Dior dress. 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 so badly. Determined to make her dream come true, Mrs. Harris scrimps and saves until one day, after three long, uncomplaining years, she finally has enough money to go to Paris. When she arrives at the House of Dior, Mrs. Harris has little idea of how her life is about to be turned upside down and how many other lives she will transform forever. Always kind, always cheery, and always winsome, the indomitable Mrs. Harris takes Paris by storm and learns one of life's greatest lessons along the way. This treasure from the 1950s introduces the irrepressible Mrs. Harris, part charlady, part fairy-godmother, whose adventures take her from her humble London roots to the heights of glamour.

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