Saturday, 24 September 2022

Mrs Harris and Other Stories

 


I bought a second hand book online last week and it arrived yesterday. Paul Gallico’s The Snow Goose. The novella was written in the 1940’s and read by me when I was eleven back in 1973. 
It haunted me then, 
The visuals in my head of the snow goose circling the little boat in Dunkirk

I have not read it since although one of Gallico’s later novels The Poseidon Adventure is still one of my most favourite and perplexing reads. 
Gallico’s seems to be haunting me a little for after seeing this trailer I’ve booked to see Mrs Harris Goes To Paris at the Storyhouse 
It’s a gentle movie,I know I’d like 


I didn’t know until recently that Paul Gallico wrote the novel 



41 comments:

  1. You'll really enjoy it John. Leslie Manville is amazing.

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    1. The older she gets the better she is ….

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  2. I'm looking forward to that movie too. A touch of gentle is what we all need.

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  3. I love her face x👗

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  4. I really enjoyed the original starring Angela Landsbury. Am looking forward to seeing this new version.

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    1. Gallico was always accused as being sentimental
      I hope the movie will be

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  5. I think you are going to love the movie! Make sure you have a hanky with you!

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  6. Saw Mrs Harris when it first came out. Its cute and feel-good.

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  7. I also enjoyed "The Snow Goose" when I was young. It took you away from reality to a different realm.

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  8. Barbara Anne10:54 pm

    Long ago I enjoyed The Poseidon Adventure movie and had no idea there were novels by the same author. I'll have to look for this new movie.

    Hugs!

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  9. Mrs. Harris is a lovely movie, enjoyed very much. Read an illustrated version of the Snow Goose to my young daughter and cried my eyes out!

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    1. I think the uk release was delayed for some reason

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  10. Anonymous12:14 am

    Poseidon adventure as a book taught me a whole lot about the craft of writing.

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  11. When I first saw the trailer for that movie I thought, "I want to see this." It looks to be so good.

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  12. Oh my, on Sunday morning when I was a kid, the NZBC had a radio programme of children's stories- the purpose I think was to give us something to do while our parents had a sleep in. One of the regular stories was a dramatisation of the snow goose and it haunted me too. Anything about death or dying did - so much so it became a real issue. BUT, it is undeniably a beautiful story, so beautifully written. BTW, tech help here because you mentioned not being able to comment - right click on the empty comment field, choose "this frame only", and the comment opens in a separate screen Doing it now.

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  13. I love this book. I have it also. I never realized that he wrote Mrs Harris. Another of his stories that always haunted me was The Nine Lives of Thomasina.

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    1. How about , Thomasina The Cat Who Thought She Was God.

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    2. His subject matter seems strangely eclectic

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  14. I remember reading quite a few of his novels back in the day.

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  15. Thank you for heads up re Mrs Harris Goes To Paris. I've brought it on Audible to listen to and then enjoy as a movie.

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  16. If you appreciate cats another Gallico book you might like is The Abandoned.

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  17. I saw the trailer for that film yesterday and thought, that looks like my sort of film. I hadn't realised the story was written by Paul Gallico. xx

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  18. Anonymous7:08 am

    Had never heard of The Snow goose, John, but just looked the storyline up online and it made me cry! : ( will be ordering a copy today. Louise x

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  19. I should see Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris. I’ve never read The Snow Goose, nor even Poseidon Adventure (and I don’t think I saw the film all the way through).

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    1. I want you to do both xx

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    2. Call yourself gay? I thought every gay man over 50 knows the Poseidon adventure off by heart

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    3. Who says I’m over 50?!? Anyway, I must have a much older Gay Manual.

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  20. I seem to remember a tv film of The Snow Goose with Richard Harris and Jenny Agutter. Possibly from the early 80s. I bought the book after watching it.

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  21. Snow Goose is a wonderful book, like you I have been haunted by the ending. And Mrs. Harris....is a delightful film of that novel of his.
    Cheers

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    1. I am in need of a frothy and sweetly sentimental film MRS HARRIS will fit the bill nicely

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  22. I didn't know The Poseidon Adventure was a novel.. On my need to read list now.. So many hidden treasures in old books..

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    1. It’s a hard read , much more gritty and bizarre than the film

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