Miss Hargreaves

Miss Hargreaves

Large Print - 2011
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When Norman Huntley and his friend Henry invent, on the spur of the moment, an 83-year-old woman called Miss Hargreaves, they are inspired to post a letter to their new fictional friend. It is only meant to be a silly, harmless game - until Miss Hargreaves arrives on their doorstep, complete with her cockatoo, her harp and - last but not least - her bath. She is, to Norman's utter disbelief, exactly as he had imagined her: eccentric and endlessly astounding. He hadn't imagined, however, how much havoc an imaginary octogenarian could wreak in his sleepy Buckinghamshire home town, Cornford.Will his once-ordinary, once-peaceful life ever be the same again? And, what's more, does he want it to be?
Publisher: Oxford : Isis, 2011.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780753186077
Characteristics: 384 p. (large print) ; 24 cm.


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Jun 30, 2014

Miss Hargreaves is extraordinary as many of the fanstastical interwar novels were extraordinary. It's a pity that trailblazers such as Baker, TH White, David Lindsay, and ER Eddison were so completely overshadowed by the mega-success that was Tolkien and later CS Lewis (although I am an enormous fan of both). Frank Baker's work is a cult classic that deserves mainstream appeal. I am, in general, opposed to breaking the fourth wall and it is that alone that subtracted a star from my review of this book. On the other hand, dialogue is a vastly under-appreciated skill and Baker's is spot-on. Witty, charming, believable, he truly gave his characters their voices and allowed me to despise them or berate them or admire them or fall in love with them as naturally as I would with any living person. That is true mastery.

Jan 19, 2011

An interesting storyline, intriguing even; but it could not hold my attention.

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