Miss Hargreaves

Miss Hargreaves

A Novel

Book - 2010
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When Norman Huntley, and his friend, Henry, invent an 83 year old woman, called Mrs. Hargreaves, they are inspired to write to their fictional friend. The silly, harmless, game turns out not to be such, when she arrives on their doorstep, in Buckinghamshire, exactly as he imagined her.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury USA, 2010, c1940
Edition: Paperback ed
ISBN: 9781608190515
Branch Call Number: Fiction Bak
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 20 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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