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The literary equivalent of the Lubitsch touch,
This review is from: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Paperback)
Winfired Watson's little 1938 fantasy has become the bestelling reissue for the terrific Persephone Books imprint in the UK, and its not hard to see why. Basically a Cinderella story set during the 30s, Watson's novel concerns a dowdy governess sent by mistake by her agency to the home of a glamorous and dithering nightclub singer, who comes to rely upon Miss Pettigrew to straighten out her love life. Miss Pettigrew not only rises to the challenge (much to her own surprise), but undergoes a makeover and finds some romance for her own life as well. While undeniably slim (and purposefully so), the novel is just about irresistible: it plays upon the same fantasy as Jane Austen's MANSFIELD PARK, the fantasy of being not only loved but also needed. Curiously, the trappings of glamour in this novel come not from the world of the wealthy and titled (as per usual in British fiction from this era, as in the novels of Waugh and Nancy Mitford) but from a world envisioned in American film: the world of night clubs, self-made men, and cocaine-dabbling gigolos.
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Initial post: Feb 5, 2009 6:52:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 5, 2009 6:54:54 PM PST
S. Burton says:
In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2009 9:43:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2009 10:22:03 PM PDT
Jay Dickson says:
At no point whatsoever did I claim the Watson novel was as a whole comparable to Mansfield Park in terms of quality; I would not go that far. I said only that it touches a chord in readers that the Austen novel also does.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2011 5:43:29 PM PDT
Barbara M. Knoblach says:
"The literary equivalent of the Lubitsch touch"
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