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The Eye of Love (Martha #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
They met at the Chelsea Arts Ball. He went as a paper parcel and she as a Spanish dancer. Harry Gibson and Miss Diver fell deeply in love. But when Mr Gibson decides he'll have to marry the hopelessly unprepossessing daughter of his colleague in order to save his ailing business, Miss Diver is cut off.
Paperback, 222 pages
Published May 4th 2004 by Virago Modern Classics (first published January 1st 1957)
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Pamela Shropshire
Jul 27, 2016 Pamela Shropshire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another gem from Margery Sharp!

This one features a romance between two very un-romance-novel-like characters. Which really makes the book all the more remarkable. Dorothy Hogg, self-styled as Dolores Diver, is a past-her-first-youth, painfully thin woman who, while attending the Chelsea Arts ball dressed as a Spanish dancer, meets Harold Gibson, a stout, middle-aged man dressed as a cardboard box. They soon became lovers. Harry set Dolores up in a modest little house in Alcock Road. Dolores' ni
Jan 26, 2014 Leonie rated it really liked it
A middle-aged couple in love must end their relationship, as Harry is forced by the failure of his business to leave his mistress to marry his business partner's daughter. King Hal and his Spanish Rose, as they see each other and, through each other's eyes, themselves, thereafter pine miserably for most of the novel. Very nicely written with a bite of unsentimentality. Sharp seems like one of those authors who doesn't do anything special, but redeem themselves with idiosyncrasy. I'm reminded of ...more
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Nov 14, 2015 Arpita (BagfullofBooks) rated it really liked it
This is an unusual, quirky, humorous fairytale romance story. An unlikely hero (portly, middle-aged Henry Gibson) and an unlikely heroine (angular, past her prime Dolores Diver) meet at a Chelsea Arts Ball dressed as a brown paper parcel and Spanish dancer respectively. Thus springs an unusual decade long love affair that is threatened by economic situations. Enter an unemotional orphaned niece with a large appetite for food and drawing random objects, a few unusual characters and situations, ...more
Apr 20, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adultlit
I'm so glad these e-books have introduced me to Margery Sharp beyond Miss Bianca! This one was a delightful exploration of "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," and the central couple are endearing despite their lack of ideal beauty, talent, personality, and youth. Also engaging is the child named Martha, who is obviously (to our 21st century understanding) on the Asperger's/autism spectrum and whose point of view as a child learning to express how she sees the world through her drawings is ...more
Apr 20, 2010 Polly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Charming book. The eye of love turns two plain, unglamorous people into a king and queen in each other's eyes, and plain, unglamorous objects into beautiful drawings in the eyes of a talented child. Happy ending: the good people get happiness, and the mildly bad people get the brush off. Not Margery Sharp's best book, but lovely, and unmistakably her work.
Jan 29, 2011 Beesley rated it liked it
I recommend reading this and the other two books featuring these characters in order: 1) The Eye of Love, 2) Martha in Paris, and 3) Martha, Eric, and George. These books show Sharp 's genius for writing comedic novels with very flat characters. The second and third books in the trio have feminist sentiments about working women and childcare that were way, way ahead of their time.
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May 30, 2016 Marisa James rated it really liked it
After reading Martha in Paris (and loving it) years ago, it was funny to go backwards and read the first book in the series! Martha in Paris is a better book than this one, but I still enjoyed it immensely - Martha is just as deliciously herself as a child as she is later as a teen, and the adults around her just as impossibly tangled.
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Margery Sharp was born Clara Margery Melita Sharp in Salisbury. She spent part of her childhood in Malta.

Sharp wrote 26 novels, 14 children's stories, 4 plays, 2 mysteries and many short stories. She is best known for her series of children's books about a little white mouse named Miss Bianca and her companion, Bernard. Two Disney films have been made based on them, called The Rescuers and The Res
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Other Books in the Series

Martha (3 books)
  • Martha In Paris: A Novel
  • Martha, Eric and George

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