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Mrs Harris Goes to Moscow

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I guess the fact that the author is actually American explains the language in these books, which are peppered with far more bloodys than the characters they depict would likely have used.

I'm not a great fan of farce but this is reasonably well done and the craziness of the USSR certainly provides excellent opportunities for bizarre situations.Butterfield are much the same, and that is part of the problem as we don't really see anything new to round out the characters any further.

Harris wins a trip for two to Moscow and hopes to help one of her clients, who is in love with a Russian woman.This 1970s farce has a simple premise - cleaning lady Mrs Harris and her friend Violet win a trip to Soviet Russia.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. A wonderful Paul Gallico novella is ‘The Lonely’ about a US pilot stationed in the UK during WW2 and surprisingly modern in its description of the relationships between the sexes and the consequences you have to face for the decisions you make. 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.Mrs Harris Goes To Moscow is the fourth and final in Gallico’s occasional series of books about the adventures of Mrs Ada Harris, a widowed London char woman. So when she is asked to go to New York with one of her clients to keep house for her, she smuggles the lad with her to try to find his father.

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. I'm somewhat sorry that this installment completed the series, but it hasn't spoiled my memory of my introduction to Mrs.That will while away an hour or so pleasantly enough, taking you to the attitudes and assumptions of England in the 1970s, and to a view of Moscow and the Soviet Union through that particular lens.

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