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أزهار للسيدة هاريس (Mrs. 'Arris #1)

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أزهار للسيدة هاريس Flowers for Mrs Harris، التي نشرت لأول مرة في العام 1958، فهي قصة لطيفة عن حلم تحقق. فالسيدة هاريس، الخادمة النهارية، التي تنظف البيوت وترتبها مقابل ثلاث شلنات عن كل ساعة عمل، ترغب بشراء ثوب لها من محلات كريستيان ديور ذات الشهرة العالمية. وبعد ثلاثة أعوام من العمل الشاق والاقتصاد في الإنفاق، تطير إلى باريس، فتحصل على الثوب الذي حملت به، ثم تعود إلى لندن ...more
Paperback (عربي-English), 1st Edition, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by دار ومكتبة الهلال (first published 1958)
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Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
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.)
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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Christine
Mar 17, 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
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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Cris Díaz
Jun 28, 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
Faith
Feb 12, 2012 Faith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Mango
Dec 09, 2015 Mango rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
นารักและสนุกมากๆๆ
ภาพมิสซิสแฮรริสทีคนเขียนสรางไวดูนาเอนดู นาหยิก เปนคุณปาทีเราคงอยากพาไปชอปปิงดวย
แปลกดีทีตัวละครแทบทังหมดในเรืองเปนคนดีมากๆ แตมันกทำใหตัวเองเปนนิยาย feel-good ทีไมเลียนได

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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.
Donna
Mar 05, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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Hope
Oct 30, 2014 Hope rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-reading
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Sara
Jul 26, 2014 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Kristel
Jan 20, 2016 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
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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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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Iryna Khomchuk
May 17, 2016 Iryna Khomchuk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ще один екземпляр, що поповнив мою колекцію книг про щастя, - такий собі самовчитель того, як радіти життю, мріяти, реалізовувати свої навіть найбезглуздіші мрії, любити людей і як за це все "буде вам щастя".

Місіс Харріс - героїня цілої серії книг Пола Геліко. Оця-от книга, до речі, ще й екранізована. Зазвичай не люблю дивитися фільми після прочитаних книг, а от екранізацію цієї чогось хочеться переглянути. Певно, є внутрішнє бажання ще раз пережити всі пригоди героїні, самотньої лондонської пр
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Becky Sharp
Dec 05, 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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Abdulmoniem  Altayeb
It is a nice story about a dream come true, in Ms. Harris, charwoman, who cleans houses, arranged in exchange for three shillings for each hour of work, you want to buy her gown shops Christian Dior world-renowned, and after three years of hard work and the economy in spending, fly to Paris, and you get the dress that I dreamed of, and then back to Landon flooded with happiness and satisfaction. . Elevate always to the level of beauty fits all tastes and ideas and different personalities and hav ...more
Lauren RM
Sep 13, 2011 Lauren RM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amanda
Aug 03, 2015 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cute cover, cute title. Blech story.
Eadie
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!
Monica
Ada Harris (o Ada Arris, come lo pronuncia lei) è una donna delle pulizie ad ore nella Londra degli anni Sessanta. Vedova e senza figli, pulisce le casi dei ricchi per tre scellini l’ora. Vive una vita semplice, forse pure un pò grigia e monotona. Ha una sola amica. la Signora Butterfield, con cui va al pub nel fine settimana o al cinema. Un giorno, mentre riordina l’armadio di una delle sue facoltose clienti, la sua vita cambia per sempre. Appeso nell’armadio scopre un bellissimo abito di Chris ...more
93bcn
Aug 22, 2009 93bcn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's my review.
Roswitha
Apr 15, 2014 Roswitha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A friend of mine had told me about a charming film she had seen with Angela Lansbury, called "Mrs. 'Arris goes to Paris", so when I stumbled across the same title in my father's inexhaustible supply of old paperbacks, I was intrigued. It was a simple story, of an elderly char-woman's dream of owning a Dior dress. I both sympathized and was perplexed by her dream, and the lengths she went to to achieve it, but I admired her pluck and determination. The ending was rather a disappointment, and over ...more
Becky
Mar 28, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mrs 'Arris is an absolute delight, but one that is very much wedded to her era. A London char lady, see speaks truth to power and somehow it always seems to go quite well for her. After cleaning the closets of one of her clients, she sets her sights on owning a Christian Dior dress. After a bit of luck and a lot of hard work, she takes the trip to Paris, where a series of delightful adventures await. It's a wonderful light piece of whimsy with a fantastic heart, but seriously dated in the modern ...more
Serendipity Reviews
Mrs Harris is very down to earth cleaning lady who gives the impression of the cockney Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady. When she opens her mouth to speak, all you can think of is the real East End.. She is an adorable character who is hard working and is as honest as the day is long. She works hard for her money and yet lives simply until she lays eyes upon a Dior dress. A need like no other takes over her and she will stop at nothing until she owns a similar dress. Never mind, that it will take ...more
Ben Campbell
Of course, back in the 1950s we ate roast beef, roast ham, leg of lamb, tons of eggs, real ice cream, and just about anything our moms would cook that they felt was healthy for us kids to eat. Stay with me here. But, what seemed to be healthy wasn't always nutritionally good for us. But then again, what was considered healthy and nutritious for us back then is now being considered nutritionally essential for building a healthy body.

In analogy, literature of the past few decades has turned into s
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