Mrs Harris Goes to Moscow
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It’s of its time , maybe a little old fashioned attitude that wards women and class BUT it was an easy read , delightful, uplifting and great characters in a lovely imaginative plot. I think now, people in the Western world don't much think about Russia; then, it was a prevailing black cloud of possible nuclear ash; but Capitalism won the great ideological debate of the 20th Century, and the left developed a new obsession with the environment, and here we are. Harris is one of those characters you just don't forget, and despite the book coming out many decades ago, it transcends the years.
One day Fritha, a young girl from the nearby village, brings him a snow goose wounded by a gun shot.I didn’t realise it had a different title, though I remember thinking it was a piece of journalism by EM Delafield rather than the usual Provincial Lady diary. Harris book, was written in 1974, some some 15 years after the first two (which were published in 1958 and 1959), and relatively near his passing in 1976, which may account for the different tone. K. Rowling had any influence on Bloomsbury’s decision to re-publish Paul Gallico’s ‘Mrs Harris’ series.
The indomitable Mrs Harris is a salt-of-the-earth London charlady who cheerfully cleans the houses of the rich.Arris Goes to Paris, I was throughly charmed as she was a multi-dimensional character in a delightful book enriched with wonderful drawings. As was the real-life fate of too many couples caught in such East-West relationships, the Soviet authorities would not let Lizabeta leave the country. In 1936 he bought a house on top of a hill in South Devon, England, and settled down with a Great Dane and twenty-three assorted cats.