Mrs Harris Goes to Moscow

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Mrs Harris Goes to Moscow

Mrs Harris Goes to Moscow

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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. 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. Butterfield has serious reservations about the trip and once she finds out about the letter her anxiety grows. Formerly a small independent publisher, Bloomsbury were enriched beyond what they must have imagined by their astute decision to take a punt on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, a children’s book by an unknown author that had already been rejected by several other publishers.

One day Fritha, a young girl from the nearby village, brings him a snow goose wounded by a gun shot. With a mink coat in mind for Mrs Butterfield, she also hopes to use their 'oliday to reignite a lost romance between her lovelorn employer and a Russian woman he had loved years ago. Mrs Harris, with not too many points of reference, could only think of it as a combination of a bejewelled fairy city and an amusement park with only the rollercoaster and other thrill rides missing. I realize this was written when the COLD WAR was still going on but the rants just felt so stereotypical.Mrs Harris is a two-dimensional stereotype of a 'working class' person (or rather, a romanticised view of what a middle class person of the era might think a 'working class' person to be).

I continue to be fascinated by the extraordinary range that Gallico has in his writing, from dark to frothy, poignant to funny, and (indeed) very good to not at all good. During his stint there, he was sent to cover the training camp of Jack Dempsey, and decided to ask Dempsey if he could spar with him, to get an idea of what it was like to be hit by the world heavyweight champion. Being the sort of woman she is, and featuring in the sort of novels she does, Mrs Harris happens (or may be Mrs ’Arris ’appens) to win a pair of tickets for a package tour to Moscow.Lockwood about it, he asks her to bring a love letter to Liz, his Russian girlfriend, a tour guide for Intourist, the Russian travel service. This is the first Mrs 'Arris novel that I have read, and the previous comments suggest that it is the least of the series. Harris wins a trip for two to Moscow and hopes to help one of her clients, who is in love with a Russian woman.

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