by Paul Gallico Book : Fiction  |  [1st ed.
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A very delightful lighthearted and inspiring book   (2011-06-05)
Mrs. Arris goes to Paris is a book that I highly recommend for those who are in need of a smile and a renewed belief in the goodness of human nature. On the surface, Mrs Arris appears to be no one special or worthy of notice. To the casual observer, she's just an ordinary cleaning lady, a widow living alone in London. She's just living day to day. She doesn't expect anything extra in her life, she's quite content with that...until the day she sees an exquisite Christian Dior gown in the closet of one of her employers. She is then filled with the desire to acquire a Dior dress of her own despite the idea that owning such an expensive dress seems a bit "out of her league" in a status conscious society. It's 1953, and in those days haute couture truly meant something, and there were definite ideas about who had the 'right' to wear a designer outfit.
However, this is a lot more than the story of a woman who appears to be somewhat coveteousness. It's the story of anyone who has a dream and sets forth to make that dream come true! After several years of scrimping and saving, Mrs Arris managed to get enough cash to get her to Paris. So she leaves her native land for the very first time, and mets a variety of people and gets into a variety of situations, overcomes a variety of obstaces. Each experience teachs Mrs Arris about different cultures, human nature and a bit about herself...and that even though she may appear ordinary to some people, she is indeed "extraordinary" to those whom she befriends and helps out in their time of need. I feel this book is a good read for any age group, but especially for teens and young adults.
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