Mrs Harris Goes to Moscow

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Mrs Harris Goes to Moscow

Mrs Harris Goes to Moscow

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The years since first print and change of way of life in UK and Russia have not dimmed the story at all. Harris wins a trip for two to Moscow and hopes to help one of her clients, who is in love with a Russian woman.

Mrs Harris Goes To Moscow will not detain any reader for long, and its one-sitting length provides a harmless and pleasant diversion back to the brown and orange decade that was the 1970s. Mrs Harris wins a trip to Moscow and invites her friend to accompany her which she does reluctantly. 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. Arris Goes to Paris, I was throughly charmed as she was a multi-dimensional character in a delightful book enriched with wonderful drawings. Something definitely happened with this last book in the series: just looking at cover art leads me to believe there was a switch in publishers, their illustrator was lost, or there was a drastic shift in marketing strategy (perhaps all?I'm somewhat sorry that this installment completed the series, but it hasn't spoiled my memory of my introduction to Mrs. They end up embroiled in international relations, attempt to matchmake and see a whole different world. I’ve just seen an advert for Chichester Festival’s musical of Flowers for Mrs Harris, and thought of your blog immediately!

He then worked for the National Board of Motion Picture Review, and after six months took a job as the motion picture critic for the New York Daily News. 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. All in all, if you like farce then it's worth giving it a go, but it feels like this is a book whose time has passed.

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. By a series of miscommunications, mistaken identities, and misunderstandings of what ‘char lady’ could possibly mean, Mrs Harris and her friend Violet Butterfield (the wonderful Vi, who wants none of the adventures that Mrs H seems to thrive on) are believed to be spies by the KGB and believed to be aristocracy by others high up in Russia. Harris, the two London ladies are incorrectly taken for spies and get into some very compromising situations.

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. Meanwhile, a series of bureaucratic misunderstandings in the vast Soviet machine lead to Mrs Harris and Violet coming to the attention of the KGB. 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. 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.Plot-wise, Keystone cop KGB officers mistake a char lady as Lady Char, an aristocrat and therefore clearly a spy. Arris and her various catastrophes, but the constant carping on the Soviet Union, to the point that I'm not sure that this being a Cold War-era novel explains it. For all its farce-like feel, Mrs Harris Goes To Moscow does reveal the dominant themes and experiences that a Western visitor to Moscow in the 1970s might note.

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