Cluny Brown (2020)

Cluny Brown Margery Sharp Cluny Brown Working class young woman in is sent to work at a Devon manor by her despairing uncle
  • Title: Cluny Brown
  • Author: Margery Sharp
  • ISBN: 9780060805784
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Paperback
Cluny Brown Margery Sharp Working class young woman in 1938 is sent to work at a Devon manor by her despairing uncle.
Cluny Brown Margery Sharp

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  1. Jaline

    Note I see that when I originally posted this to my shelf book was read in March I forgot to include my little review I was quite taken with Margery Sharp s writing and hope to read Author s Quote added I absolutely believe it is fatal ever to write below your best, even if what you write may never be published This was my first experience with the writing of Margery Sharp and I am sure it will not be the last The style of writing is classic, literary, and so real that I was subtly pulled into [...]

  2. Jane

    I have been utterly charmed by Cluny Brown.She s a girl who never does anything that s exactly wrong but she s also a girl who never really does anything that is usual or expected.She simply followed her heart oblivious to the strictures that hold most people back.One day she took herself out to tea at the Ritz another day she stayed in bed, eating oranges, because she read in a magazine that it would give her vitality.To many Cluny was a breath of fresh air but to her Uncle Arn she was a worry [...]

  3. Mo

    I checked this book out of the library, blew the dust off of the book jacket, and opened it to the cover page I smiled to read the notice from the library that A fine of two cents a day will be charged on each book which is not returned according to the rules of the library It set the mood for the nostalgia and innocence that was to come I was charmed within the first few pages of this novel, and the smile pretty much stayed on my face the whole time I was reading it I enjoyed the wide eyed, off [...]

  4. Tweety

    I am so disappointed.A friend of mine read this and said that she didn t agree with the ending, I figured that it was probably just something like what happened in Stormswift, and gave it a go anyway.I was really enjoying Cluny Brown, she s amusing and likable The story had her bungling her way through service as a parlour maid to the Carmels and helping the town chemist who hasn t much happiness to see the sun again Then we have the side story of Betty Cream, a woman who turns every man s head [...]

  5. Arpita (BagfullofBooks)

    The Charming and Unusual Story of Cluny Brown Cluny Brown by Margery Sharp was just as quirky, just as delightful and just as thoughtful as Sharp s other books The book leads us through the life of an unusual girl who prefers to tread down the unconventional path in life.In the story we are introduced to an orphaned young lady called Cluny Brown She s quite an interesting character, memorable, like Sharp s other protagonists.But she has one serious fault she doesn t seem to know her place in the [...]

  6. Mary

    What a wonderful book For the past few days I ve been in the world of Cluny Brown.Cluny, who s real name is Clover goes into service in a house in Devon.A far cry from London where she has been brought up by her Uncle.I was soon engrossed in the story and wanted to know what was going to happen to Cluny.The ending was totally unexpected and I didn t see it coming.Very well written with wonderful characters.A dog called Roderick , a Polish professor, Betty Cream , Mr Porritt, Mr Ames, Mr Wilson.C [...]

  7. Bree (AnotherLookBook)

    A novel about a young woman in WWII era Britain who is deemed not to know her place in life, so her uncle guardian sends her off to be a housemaid at a country estate.Full review at Another Look BookReminded me of Downton Abbey Upstairs Downstairs D E Stevenson The Blue Sapphire Vita Sackville West The Heir All Passion Spent The Edwardians Phillip Rock The Passing Bells

  8. Mela

    A gem I loved it I think when an author of children s books writes a book for adults or young adults that book is wonderful E.g I Capture the Castle Writing for children is demanding, so those who write for them must be better writers, or at least better storytellers I love a message of this novel I sympathized with Cluny Brown every time when someone even herself asked Who do you think you are, Cluny Brown How often, not only when we are young, we are struggling with finding who we are and the [...]

  9. Sandy (CA)

    A simple and amusing little story easy to whiz through, and good for what ails you A pleasant way to spend a few winter evenings I will return to this author

  10. Siobhan Burns

    So dated, and so so charming Has a touch of Wodehouse, but not as silly, and a touch of Jo March, but much frothier Things that seems quite obvious to her are dumbfounding to others, and vice versa, but you easily come to agree with her way of thinking A lovely coming of age story of a young woman with a rather unique charm.

  11. Lynn

    Very cute and funny story about an eccentric, strangely attractive young woman who gets herself in wacky situations Books like this just make me so happy to be alive and able to read.

  12. Beth Bonini

    No one would describe this as revolutionary novel, and yet the great social changes brought about by World War II are hinted at and sort of hover about this novel about a young girl from the working classes who just doesn t know her place The first thing we learn about 20 year old Cluny Brown is that she has gone to tea at the Ritz, all by herself, and just to see what it is like Mr Porritt, a London plumber and Cluny s uncle and guardian, is at a loss to know what to do about her, so he sends h [...]

  13. Daniela

    3 1 2 starsMr Porrit, a satisfied plumber in his late 40ies, has only one worry that his niece Cluny Brown doesn t know her place in life She even went to have tea at the Ritz once And although she is not pretty, she gets picked up by the most random men on the street After an especially unfortunate event involving an artist and a bathtub, Mr Porrit has had enough Cluny is to go into service Quickly, a mansion in Devon wanting a housemaid is found and Cluny is set on a train and dispatched to Fr [...]

  14. Elisabeth

    I ve had my eye out for a copy of Cluny Brown ever since I read Agatha Christie s Autobiography, in which she spoke fondly of it while discussing books This involved a wait of several years, until eventually it was re released as an ebook, and then a few months of being on the library holds list until I finally got to borrow it After all that, it s a good thing I enjoyed it Margery Sharp s writing is witty and charming and a real pleasure to read, and Cluny herself is a real Character the sort [...]

  15. Ruth Brennan

    How shocking Shocking Cluny Brown I d like to meet her What a charming, endearing, humorous and completely confounding book Set in 1938, it s an Upstairs, Downstairs kind of story, full of likeable characters and witty dialogue Cluny Brown is a young orphaned lady who doesn t know her place and is sent away from London into service at a large Devonshire estate, Friars Carmel.Without an ounce of cynicism, Cluny questions society s expectations for her life Not such a big thing in 2017, but in 193 [...]

  16. Sylvester

    Reading this was an odd experience I was enjoying myself, I thought I liked the characters, and then suddenly I wasn t and I didn t I m not sure where it went off And it s not that Sharp isn t a good writer She is I think it s that I thought she was going somewhere else with it At best, I can say that the character Cluny seems to embody a spirit of change, of unrest, of a new individuality and unrootedness a break with tradition which was necessary and important at the time that began to happen [...]

  17. Aimee

    I enjoyed every page of this book Cluny was such a fun character, she was honest, fun, and full of surprises The story begins with Cluny living with her uncle, but he decides it is in her best interest to go into service as a maid and sends her to Devon to begin a new life Cluny adjusts to her new life in her own unique way which involves befriending fellow maids, enjoying her day off walking a neighbor dog, and learning her role in her new home.There are several other interesting characters in [...]

  18. Laura

    I had read and loved several of the Rescuers books as a child so when I discovered that Margery Sharp had written stories for adults I was intrigued Well I really wanted to like this book It just didn t grab me The premise was interesting but I never felt connected to the characters In fact, I disliked most of them The ending was so unlikely although I was glad for Cluny that it made me groan with disbelief and lucky me, I accidentally ordered this book twice so now I have TWO copies of it.

  19. Nancy

    Margery Sharp 1905 1991 started her career writing for Punch and serialized magazine stories Her first novel appeared in 1930 and her last in 1977 Her novels are comedic yet insightful, witty with a deep humanity Several of her novels were made into films, including Disney s animated versions of her children s Rescuer series Open Roads Media is publishing ten of Shape s novels as ebooks, and I hope she finds a new generation of fans.Set in pre war Britain, Cluny is an orphan living with her uncl [...]

  20. Helen

    After reading The Nutmeg Tree a few months ago, I was desperate to read books by Margery Sharp, so the news that several of her novels were being reissued by Open Road Media came just at the right time for me What I remember most from The Nutmeg Tree is its heroine, the wonderful Julia Packett Cluny Brown is another memorable character an intelligent, free spirited young woman who refuses to know her place To the dismay of Uncle Arn, who has brought up the orphaned Cluny, she s the sort of girl [...]

  21. Melissa

    I received an ARC of this title from Open Road Media.I absolutely feel in love with the quirky, charming and free spirited character of Cluny Brown We first meet her through the eyes of her Uncle Arn, who is distressed because he feels that Cluny doesn t seem to know her proper place in life He tells a stranger that he meets in the park that his twenty year old niece had the nerve to treat herself to tea at the Ritz Uncle Arn is simply beside himself that Cluny doesn t understand that she is a p [...]

  22. Ann

    This book from 1938 features a very likable heroine Cluny Brown is 20, tall and gawky, and has, according to her concerned family, a major problem she doesn t know her place That is, in class conscious pre war England, she doesn t seem to realize that lower middle class girls like herself don t go to the Ritz for tea, just for the fun of it, and don t allow strange men to invite them for cocktails The truth is, that Cluny is hungering for new experiences, for a life that is larger than what she [...]

  23. Kilian Metcalf

    Margery Brown doesn t need my praises, but I m going to sing them for those who may not have discovered her yet Generations come and go, and the latest generation doesn t always realize what treasures lie in store for them Now that great books are being uncovered from the sands of time, dusted off and presented as shiny new objects, there are many delightful stories to discover I recognized the title of the book, but had never read it or seen the movie I associated the author s name with the chi [...]

  24. Sarah

    I had completely forgotten about this book until I was researching the works of director Ernst Lubitsch and ran across this title among his directing credits I ve never seen the film, but I remember the book sat on my parents bookshelves and sometime around junior high school , I pulled it down and started reading Around the same time I read Saroyan s MY NAME IS ARAM and THE HUMAN COMEDY and THE THURBER CARNIVAL I m sure they must have been Book of the Month Club editions I ll always be grateful [...]

  25. Cajou

    Un classique qui n a pas pris la poussi re Malgr quelques lenteurs au milieu du roman j aurais voulu davantage de p rip ties , j ai pris beaucoup de plaisir et j ai eu du mal croire que ce roman avait 70 ans Car sous des apparences l g res et dr les, on a l entre les mains un roman f ministe dans le sens noble du terme avant l heure La langue de Margery Sharp est tout fait d licieuse un peu surann e mais point vieillotte, c est enjou et plein de peps, notamment dans les dialogues qui ne sont pas [...]

  26. Darien

    Old school Brit Lit And for anyone who watches old movies, the lead character is very much along the lines of Georgie Girl Once I figured that out, the ending wasn t so surprising Delightful English country manor pre WWII characters Everyone behaves just as they ought, except for our protagonist who doesn t know her place and does something at the end that no one in the story understands Many reviewers also didn t get that while her character wants to please those around her mostly just to not c [...]

  27. Gabi Coatsworth

    Exactly the right book for me to be reading right now, when I need cheering up Wrtten in 1944, when the war had been dragging on for 5 years, it must have provided comfort, humor and solace to a war weary Britain Cluny Brown, a young woman who refuses to know her place finds happiness in an unconventional way To know one s place was to Arnold Porritt Cluny s uncle the basis of all civilized, all rational life keep to your class and you couldn t go wrong A good plumber, backed by his Union, could [...]

  28. Michele Brenton

    A brilliant book enjoyed by myself and my husband when he finally got round to reading it Lots of fun and wonderfully insightful as to how people can find their place in the world if they are prepared to smash their way through conventions.

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