Mrs Lirriper

Mrs Lirriper

Book - 2005
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Mrs Lirriper is an involving story of people thrown together by chance, that moves from the squalors of Victorian London to the sunnier climes of southern France. Recently widowed, Mrs. Lirriper devotes her energies to attending to the needs of her assorted lodgers; but when a newborn child is abandoned to her care, her responsibilities grow to new levels. She enlists longtime lodger, the Major, into the role of “guardian,” and the two develop an increasing affection for the boy. In an effort to entertain the growing lad, they relate the stories of their fellow lodgers, little knowing that they are about to embark on their own real-life tale of impending death, guilty secrets, and mysterious legacies. Charles Dickens is one of England’s most important literary figures. His works enjoyed enormous success in his day and are still regarded as among the most popular and widely read classics of all time.

Publisher: London : Hesperus, 2005
ISBN: 9781843911319
Characteristics: x, 258 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn 1810-1865


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Feb 08, 2018

It's hard to tell what this book is, from the editorial description above. In fact, it's a collection of loosely linked short stories by different authors, including Dickens, published in Christmas numbers of Dickens' magazine All The Year Round.
Dickens' Christmas stories were famous in his time, and the Christmas issues of his magazines were hot sellers. We're all familiar with A Christmas Carol (1843). But the Mrs. Lirriper story cycles, eagerly read over the holidays in 1863 and 1864, are little known today. Hesperus Press has done a service in reprinting them.
Mrs. Lirriper is a London landlady with a heart of gold. She rescues an infant whose penniless mother dies in her lodgings and raises the boy as her grandson. We read all about it in the first story, Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings.
Either way, there's definitely enough fascinating content in this volume to rate five stars. If you get bogged down at any point, just move onto the next story. Think of it as a Christmas buffet with something for everyone and no fear of going away hungry.


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