2014: 81.  The Ghost and Mrs. Muir


Mrs. Muir was a little woman.  Everyone was agreed upon that point.

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, R.A. Dick

Yet another twee British book. I know, I know.  But this was was an unreserved gem, and if you are looking for something charming to read, I recommend this wholeheartedly.  And if you aren't looking for something charming to read, I need you to ask yourself, why so little charm? I mean, it can't all be charm (not even for me - I'm re-reading Clive James's Cultural Amnesia right now), but a soupcon now and then is highly recommended.

The book is part of a new series called Vintage Movie Classics - the tagline is "Novels that Inspired Great Films" and this is the basis for the film The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, which I've never seen but now want to (though I don't think that a movie that was made in the 1940's can possibly have the ending that this one does).  Anyway, it's the story of Mrs. Muir, a widow who has been bossed around, first by her husband and then by her in-laws.  She makes a break for it to a small cottage on the coast.  It's a perfect place to declare her independence and make her own life - if only she can outmaneuver the grumpy ghost that lives therein.  Yep, Captain Gregg, the previous owner (a dashing sea-captain) hasn't quite vacated the premises, despite his recent demise.  Look, it's not Proust - my lord, I've been copying over my archives and cannot believe how much serious fiction I used to read before I had kids - Kafka! The Decameron! - but it goes down so easy.  If you want to escape for an hour or two, I recommend it heartily.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017