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Mrs 'arris Goes to Paris [and] Mrs 'arris Goes to New York

por Paul Gallico

Séries: Mrs. 'Arris (1, 2)

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Part of The Bloomsbury Group, books chosen by readers for readers Mrs Harris is a salt-of-the-earth London charlady with just one wish - to own a Dior dress. In all her years cleaning other people's houses she's never seen anything as beautiful or magical as the couture dresses hanging in Lady Dant's wardrobe and she's never wanted anything as much before. Determined to make her dream come true, Mrs Harris scrimps, saves and slaves away 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.… (mais)
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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 |
Mrs Harris goes to Paris 4 stars charming story

Mrs Harris goes to New York 3 Stars lost some of the magic of the first book ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
Technically, half of this book is a re-read; I read and reviewed Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris in 2008, so I was thrilled when I found out that it would be reprinted along with Mrs. Harris Goes to New York. They are two stories in and of themselves, but Mrs. Harris Goes to New York is best read alongside Mrs. Harris Goes to New York.

I’ve noticed that the plots of the two stories in this book (more stories than novels, really) tend to conform to a certain formula: Mrs. Harris is a charming sixty-something-year-old woman who uses her forceful personality to charm and sometimes manipulate people and situations. Her adventures sometimes strain credulity, but I really enjoyed following her all over the world. Mrs. Harris is perhaps not very intelligent, but she’s very warm and I love that she’s able to manipulate people around her, oh-so-subtly. It’s always interesting to see how she’ll get out of her various predicaments—and you know she’ll always get out of them. A larger theme in both these novels is how does one deal with adversity, and overcome obstacles along the way?

Gallico’s novels about Mrs. Harris are very funny in many places. Considering that Paul Gallico was a sports writer, it’s amazing how much he knew about and researched high fashion. I wish that Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris had been a longer novel, though… ( )
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The small, slender woman with apple-red cheeks, greying hair, and shrewd, almost naughty little eyes sat with her face pressed against the cabin window of the BEA Viscount on the morning flight from London to Paris.
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Part of The Bloomsbury Group, books chosen by readers for readers Mrs Harris is a salt-of-the-earth London charlady with just one wish - to own a Dior dress. In all her years cleaning other people's houses she's never seen anything as beautiful or magical as the couture dresses hanging in Lady Dant's wardrobe and she's never wanted anything as much before. Determined to make her dream come true, Mrs Harris scrimps, saves and slaves away 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.

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