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Cluny Brown Hardcover – Jun 1944


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  • Hardcover: 4 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T) (Jun 1944)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9997413628
  • ISBN-13: 978-9997413628
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,359,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Line on 17 Feb 2007
Format: Paperback
Margery Sharp's particular gift is for making heroines and heroes out of ordinary people. All her characters are shockingly normal, not particularly beautiful (except for Elizabeth Cream in this story), not even amazingly clever, but people that one can relate to and have hope that extraordinary things can happen in our lives too. Cluny Brown is tall and angular, but to some she is beautiful and this gives hope to readers. She has dreams and dares to put them into reality - very Chestertonian! Her romantic life starts off with a sense of resignation but she takes the glorious opportunity when it comes and is catapulted into a new life, tantalisingly sketched out and wisely not fleshed out by Margery Sharp. This author has a wise and sensitive touch.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A part tailor-made for Audrey Hepburn! 3 April 2000
By Jo Manning - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ages ago, I heard of an English movie, Cluny Brown, with, I think, Jean Simmons and Charles Boyer. (Made during the early '40s?) But when I finally tracked down the novel from which it was taken, all I could think of was the young Audrey Hepburn, the Hepburn of Sabrina. (Not the pallid Jennifer Love Hewitt of the recent tv-bio, but the real Audrey, as we all knew her.) Cluny Brown is a young working class woman in 1938 London who is becoming a trial to her plumber uncle, Arn (he and his late wife raised her when she was orphaned as a baby). Cluny, described as tall and plain, but with creamy skin and beautiful dark eyes, is beginning to attract too much attention from men---to Uncle Arn's surprise and dismay, because he (and the rest of the family) considers her extremely unattractive. She's sent into service, in the Devon countryside, at Carmel Friars, a lovely country manor. There she meets an assortment of characters, including a priggish chemist (drugstore owner) who fancies her, a Polish emigre writer, who doesn't seem to fancy her at all, the son and heir, who's involved with a blonde English beauty, an enthusiastic double-barreled young woman, Miss Duff-Gordon, who raises rabbits, and on and on. Cluny chafes at the lack of freedom and becomes part of everyone's life, popping up at key moments to comment on the action and providing a good deal of it herself. A charming look at England before WWII and at a refreshing character reminiscent of two Hepburn movie heroines, Sabrina as well as Holly Golightly. We all knew that Cluny (real name, Clover) was a diamond-in-the-rough, and was destined to become "someone." Lovely book.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A British Treat 6 Aug 2007
By Barbara Hymas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I loved this book - laughed out loud. Would make a fun book to read for a reading group. The story takes place in England right before WWII. The main character is Cluny Brown, a 20-year-old orphan who is living with her uncle in London. She is trusting, naive and headed for what her uncle believes is trouble. To avoid this she is sent to an estate in Devonshire to become a maid (no experience necessary!). She meets very interesting characters and falls in love and I won't say any more or it will spoil the plot. Full of a few twists and turns and flavored by the British atmosphere, humor etc. Give it a try!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A pleasure to read. 21 Nov 1999
By frumiousb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reading Cluny Brown has the same kind of satisfaction as a warm bed when it's cold outside. It is not particularly challenging, but it provides an awful lot of reading pleasure.

Cluny Brown is a girl who just does not know her place, and all the adventures that follow come from that lucky not knowing.

I read it first as an awkward preteen, and still enjoyed it as an (I hope) less awkward adult. I would recommend it for any age. It is, by the way, one of the rare books where I enjoyed the film just as much.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An independant woman 11 July 2011
By Claude Lambert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Cluny Brown is a delight to read and one rare book about a woman with an independent vibrant spirit. The book is worth it: it is an injustice that it is not read as much as "Little Women."It has more bite.
Old-Fashioned Fun 26 May 2014
By Samantha Glasser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Cluny Brown is a charming book characterized by its English setting and slightly old-fashioned prose. The title character is a plain girl who grew up with her plumber uncle when she was orphaned. He has tried to teach her where her place is in society, but she consistently finds herself in situations not befitting her station. His bewilderment at what to do with her leads her to find her a service job at a country estate. There she works for a family with a grown son who invites an exiled Polish writer to stay with them. The two find themselves in a love triangle for the affections of popular Betty Cream.

This book is so much fun because of the richly illustrated and varied characters. They are very memorable and realistic too, each with his flaws, but each entirely likable. I enjoyed this book and intend to seek out the movie adaptation.
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