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Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris (Mrs. 'Arris #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  1,581 Ratings  ·  217 Reviews
Mrs Harris is a salt-of-the-earth London charlady who cheerfully cleans the houses of the rich. One day, when tidying Lady Dant's wardrobe, she comes across the most beautiful thing she has ever seen in her life - a Dior dress. In all the years of her drab and humble existence, she's never seen anything as magical as the dress before her and she's never wanted anything as ...more
Paperback, 157 pages
Published November 1st 1989 by International Polygonics (first published 1958)
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Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Jan 08, 2011 Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson rated it really liked it
Okay, I know. It seems ridiculous. I adore this book. I first read this book as a young girl in the Reader's Digest version and fell in love with the story of the charwoman who ends up with a Dior gown. It's a great story and Paul Gallico is a wonderful storyteller. I am so fond of this good-hearted and amusing tale that I recently found a new copy and purchased it to place on the "beloved books" shelf. If you need a lift this is an excellent story to while away a few hours and cheer you right u ...more
Jennifer
Jul 13, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Delightful. This is the kind of book to read when you need a break from reality…when you want the planets to be aligned and the world to be full of friendly strangers. It's perfectly brief because too much at once would be too sweet. Instead this is a wonderful little after dinner mint. (and I love my first edition copy with the beautiful dust jacket. And the fact that it says 'Arris is really ace.)
Mango
Dec 09, 2015 Mango rated it it was amazing
นารักและสนุกมากๆๆ
ภาพมิสซิสแฮรริสทีคนเขียนสรางไวดูนาเอนดู นาหยิก เปนคุณปาทีเราคงอยากพาไปชอปปิงดวย
แปลกดีทีตัวละครแทบทังหมดในเรืองเปนคนดีมากๆ แตมันกทำใหตัวเองเปนนิยาย feel-good ทีไมเลียนได

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Flowers for Mrs. Harris, Paul Gallico
عنوان: گلهایی برای خانم هریس؛ پل گالیکو؛ مترجم: هوشنگ هوشیدر؛ تهران، رسام، 1365، در 189 ص؛
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Teri-k
They don't write books like this any more. No, they really don't, and that's a pity. Mrs. Ada Harris is a London charwoman who has saved her pennies for years to fulfill her one secret desire - to own a Dior designer gown. The story opens with our aging, sweet heroine on her first airplane flight - to Paris. As Mrs. 'Arris (as she says it) moves about Paris she charms almost everyone with her kindness and naivete.

In this book there isn't any violence, sex, profanity, or other elements so many w
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Amy
Sep 11, 2016 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
A hard to rate book. Dated and silly but if you are wanting an afternoon spent in the most unrealistic Paris and London to ever exist then you'd probably enjoy this book.
Christine
Mar 16, 2012 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 20th-century
I must be the only person in the world who didn't like this. It's a fairy tale about a London char who goes to Paris to buy a Dior dress. Now there's nothing wrong with fairy stories - I love them, whether they are traditional versions, or modern updates that use them as the basis for a new story. But I thought this particular tale was twee. Gallico's view of an archetypal London char is patronising in the extreme, and the characters are merely stereotypes who never came to life. I struggled to ...more
Cris Díaz
Jun 27, 2016 Cris Díaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro para soñar, emocionarse, reír, sonreír, creer en los cuentos, en la amistad y terminarlo pensando que hay cosas realmente bonitas en el mundo.
Bien narrado, personajes a los que conocemos gracias a descripciones encantadoras, escenas maravillosas...
Se que a muchos les parecera demasiado "dulce" e increíble pero para mi ha sido una gozada
Nhischarnun Nunthadsirisorn
หาดาวสำหรับชีวิตชีวาของปาแฮรีส
หาดาวสำหรับสำนวนภาษาทีอานรืนเพลินใจ
หาดาวสำหรับการดึงเราไวจากความหมนหมองทีโอบลอมเราอยู
และหาดาวสำหรับเรืองราวงาย ๆ แตสงตอพลังแกคนเลก ๆ อยางเรา

ฉันอานเรืองนีอยางมีความสุข
ซึงไมเคยเกิดขึนมานานแลว
วันใดทีฉันหดหู คุณปาจะเปนพลังใจใหฉัน

สวนประเดนการวิเคราะหเรืองอืน
ฉันพบวาบทวิเคราะหทายเลมของภาวิน มาลัยวงศกทำไวไดดีแลว
ตอนนีฉันยังไมมีประเดนใดจะเสริม

เรืองนีดึงฉันใหอานตอเนืองได
และแมตองทำงานอยางอืน
พอทำงานอืนจบกแทบจะรีบกลับมาตามอานเรืองของคุณปาตอในทันที
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Donna
Mar 05, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-teen, brain-candy
Part of my review of this book is simply for nostalgia's sake. I read this in a Reader's Digest version when I was about 11 and thought Mrs. Harris was so gutsy to take her char woman's savings and go to Pars to buy a Dior gown. She insited on fulfilling her dream and charmed everyone she met. Me too. I even enjoyed the Angela Landsbury tv movie version of the book. Just a sweet read about an adorable plucky older lady who is young at heart.
Wannida
Dec 20, 2016 Wannida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
สนุกมากกก อานรวดเดียวจบ เอาไปเลยหาดาว เหมือนปาแฮรีสมาเดินเลนพูดคุยอยูขางๆ มีชีวิตชีวา เปนธรรมชาติมากๆ รักปาา บรรยากาศเมืองปารีสผานสายตาของปากนารัก ภาษาของผูเขียนพรรณนาละเอียด เหนภาพแสงสีเสียงกลินครบ อานแลวกอยากไปตามรอยปาเลย

ปีนีไมคอยไดอานฟิกชัน ขอยกใหเปนฟิกชันฟีลกูดแหงปีของเราเลย
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Kanin Nitiwong
เหมือนอานนิทานเดก คือ ฟีลกูด มีคติสอนใจ ตัวละครขาวจัดดำจัด แตมันทำไดถึงแฮะ ทำเอาเรานำตาไหลไปสองครัง

ประเดนสำคัญทีเราชอบคือ ไมวายากดีมีจน คนเราลวนมีความปรารถนาในวัตถุนอกกาย ในขณะเดียวกันกมีศักยภาพในการมีมนุษยธรรมไมแตกตางกัน

บทวิจารณทายเลมในฉบับพิมพครังที 8 โดยสำนักพิมพไลบราลี เฮาส ทีเราอานกเขียนไดดีเลย
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Faith
Jan 15, 2012 Faith rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A sweet, delightful concoction like a French Cinderella story or the most delicate, airiest trifle.

The widowed London char woman Mrs. Harris is overwhelmed by desire to possess a beautiful Dior dress and decides to save the money for one despite being a poor cleaning woman. She's simple but pure of heart, just like in olden fairy tales.

The short story is heart-warming and enjoyable. Mrs. Harris encounters all of the usual human traits through her journey, selfishness, anger, righteousness, hono
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Chris
Predictable but nice.
Poornima
Too sweet and goody goody, but hey.. Once in a while its good to read such fantasy tales. Liked "mrs harris goes to paris". "Mrs harris goes to new york" was very ok.
Araya Pichitkul
Mar 22, 2017 Araya Pichitkul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ดีงาม หลงรักและเอาใจชวยปาแฮริสตังแตตนจนจบ ปาเปนคนจิตใจดีและขยันขันแขง ทำใหมีมิตรทีดีอยูรอบตัว อยากไปชอปปิงทีปารีสและเดินเลนในสวนดอกไมแบบปาบางจัง ...more
Sonia
Dec 08, 2011 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nella nostra vita di lettori ci capita spesso di imbatterci in personaggi di carta che avremmo voluto conoscere o avremmo preferito evitare, personaggi che avrebbero potuto tranquillamente diventare i nostri migliori amici, altri di cui ci saremmo innamorate al primo colpo, altri ancora che ci saremmo scelti come confidenti. Noi lettori lo sappiamo: la magia di un libro si manifesta nei modi più diversi, più strani o più quotidiani.
Così sono stata vittima di una stupenda magia non appena mi son
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Jane
Mar 30, 2010 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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. As, with a rush and a roar, it lifted itself from the runway, her spirits soared aloft with it. She was nervous, but not at all frightened, for she was convinced that nothing could happen to her now. Hers was the bliss of one who knew that at last she was off upon the adventure at t ...more
Yvann S
Aug 02, 2011 Yvann S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"To the gallant and indispensable daily ladies who, year in, year out, tidy up the British Isles, this book is lovingly dedicated"

I'm not much of a novella reader (although maybe I should change that, because I have very much enjoyed my few experiences thus far), but Flowers for Mrs Harris posed a perfect lunchtime read for the first day of my holiday.

Mrs Harris (or 'Arris, as she would pronounce it) is a London charwoman who, upon spying two Dior gowns in the wardrobe of one of her clients, fin
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Hope
Oct 30, 2014 Hope rated it it was amazing
Shelves: light-reading
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Becky Sharp
Dec 04, 2015 Becky Sharp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De acuerdo. Es muy corto, es muy caro para las páginas que trae, pero la felicidad que transmite su lectura no tiene precio.
Esta deliciosa nouvella no es más que un encantador cuento de hadas sobre cómo los sueños se hacen realidad. Pero más que sueños, más o menos te dice que si deseas algo con todas tus fuerzas puedes conseguirlo si te lo propones, y no vendrá un hada madrina a concederte tus deseos, sino que tú misma puedes conseguirlo con tu esfuerzo.
¡¡Y cuánto se esfuerza la señora Harris
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Kristel
Jun 06, 2011 Kristel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of an older, widowed charwoman who becomes enamored of a Dior dress and determines to own one. She sees signs that this is what God wants for her when she wins the football lottery but it isn't enough and she must save and scrimp to get the money. Then the adventure starts. Ms Harris must travel to Paris to the dressmaker, she must get the right currency and she must get around among the notorious and not to be trusted French. Mrs Harris flies to Paris, manages to actually get a front ...more
Sara
Jul 25, 2014 Sara rated it liked it
Could have (should have?) been a 5-star rating, but is not. I'll try to explain.

Mrs. Harris is an endearing, earthy character, with an unusual "problem" to solve. She inexplicably and overwhelmingly desires to own an authentic Christian Dior dress...she, an unassuming London charwoman. The ensuing story is well-written and flows smoothly. However, the rub for me was the (very) occasional insertion of something off-color at various points in the narrative. The effect is similar to watching a high
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Elizabeth
Jan 09, 2017 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This is the one I should have read first before reading "Mrs. 'Arris Goes to New York". In this book we are introduced to Mrs. 'Arris, a char woman/house cleaner who is hit with a dream of owning a Dior dress. (The author really captures how a person can feel so strongly about wanting a piece of fashion!) Through perseverance and sheer will she attains the dress. And her kind personality causes positive things to happen to the people who meet her in Paris. As a reader, you find yourself rooting ...more
Nadine Tewaditep
Jan 18, 2017 Nadine Tewaditep rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
นารัก ระดับเอาหัวใจ 10 ดวงไปเลยคะ

เรือง 'ดอกไมสำหรับมิสซิสแฮรีส' เปนเรืองเกาตีพิมพใหมภายใตปกใหมของ Library House ทีทำใหมิสซิสแฮรีสคนเกาดูไฉไลกวาเดิม

เราจะไดพบกับมิสซิสแฮรีส แมบานรับจางมืออาชีพจากลอนดอน ผูบังเอิญไปพบเหนชุดราตรีอันงดงามของดิออรในบานเคาเตสสาวคนหนึงซึงเปนลูกคาของเธอ นันเปนทีมาของความปรารถนาอยางแรงกลาของแมบานคนนี ทีหวังจะครอบครองชุดอันงดงามของสำนักดิออรใหจงได

'ดอกไมสำหรับมิสซิสแฮรีส' เปนนิยายขนาดสัน แนวตลกฟีลกูด ขณะเดียวกันกเรียกนำตาใหหยดแหมะๆ ไดดวยคะ ทังเพลิดเพลิน ตืนตาตืนใจ และซึงในคว
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Michelle Meeks
May 31, 2016 Michelle Meeks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I made a New Year's Resoultion to not buy any books (expect for teaching) and to read what I already owned. Okay, I admit it, I have bought 2 books for reading, 3 for teaching, and 2 for "fun". Regardless, this was a book on my shelf. I purchased it because I love old books, Dior, and anything to do with fashion. This was such a sweet story (c. 1957) about a sweet charwoman from London. Very light and uplifting. My favorite part...
"She had ventured into a foreign country and a foregin people she
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Runz Sama
Oct 21, 2016 Runz Sama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

นีลุนไปกับปาแฮรีสมากกก วาจะไดซือชุดดิออรไหม ความจริงจังของปานีตองกราบอะ...

ชอบทีหนังสือชูหนทางมันสำคัญกวาเปาหมาย หนังสือทำไดดีเลย วิบาทกรรมของปาตอนกลับมาลอนดอนนีแบบ ปาคะ..;-;
แตกจบไดดี ชีวิตมันกควรมีงีบาง..ฮา..

แตพอมาอานบทวิเคราะหทายเลมละกแบบ เออ..มันลึกจังเนอะ..555555 เปนกระจกหรือโฆษณาชวนเชือ? เฮยยยยย เปนงานทีสะทอนอะไรไดเยอะเลย

| ชอบการเสียดสี ความอังกฤษและความฝรังเศสมาก..5555 | ปล.ชอบนาตาชา อะะะะะ
เลมบางแทๆแตสนุกมาก
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Lauren RM
Sep 13, 2011 Lauren RM rated it really liked it
This is really cute. I promised myself to read every book I own, and if I don't read it and love it, away it goes. I loved this book. It's incredibly cute, and after reading more books about class distinctions in Europe I really appreciate how nonchalantly he approaches it. I think it's because he's an American...anyway, if you're losing hope for the world, read this book. It's silly and wonderful.
Eadie
Nov 29, 2015 Eadie rated it it was amazing
I loved this charming tale and the way Mrs. Harris went about in her normal way but began to change other people's lives. The story is an easy read but hard to put down. The plot has several twists and turns right up until the last page. I hope to read more by this author. It is a story that will speak to you for sure!
Nikki
I suspect I read this in a Reader's Digest Condensed Book version, though I may have reread the full version later. Although my parents didn't censor my reading, I'm sure there was nothing in this book that any parent of an 11-year-old would object to. It was charming, fun, and a bit inspirational -- highly recommended.
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Paul William Gallico was born in New York City, on 26th July, 1897. His father was an Italian, and his mother came from Austria; they emigrated to New York in 1895.

He went to school in the public schools of New York, and in 1916 went to Columbia University. He graduated in 1921 with a Bachelor of Science degree, having lost a year and a half due to World War I. He then worked for the National Boar
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