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One Pair of Hands (Paperback)

Author:  Monica Dickens
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0897333047
ISBN-13: 9780897333047
Sku: 30393403
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7H x 4.25L x 0.5T
Pages:  220
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*Author: Dickens, Monica *Publication Date: 1988/03/01 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 4.25 *Height: 7.00
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After being expelled from drama school and exhausted by the deb party circuit, Monica Dickens, the great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, takes on the role of cook-general for the English upper classes. While frantically trying to cook and clean for a succession of employers, she subjects herself to all the degradations and delights of life as a servant in the '30s.
What does a young, well-off English woman do with herself when she's thrown out of acting school and is tired of being a debutante? Well, if you're Monica Dickens, you become a cook. She makes the plunge to a life "below the stairs," confident in her abilities to be a cook because she once took a course in French cuisine. She quickly learns the difference between school learning and real life. Scalded milk, dropped roasts, and fallen souffles plague her in her domestic career, but she perseveres. What makes this book so delightful is the sense of humor and drama Monica Dickens brings to her work. From dressing up for job interviews in a "supporting-a-widowed-mum look" to eavesdropping on dinner guests, she tackles her work with an enthusiasm for discovery. To her descriptions of battles with crazy scullery maids, abusive employers, and unwieldy custards, she brings a humorous and pointed commentary about the delicate and ongoing war between the wealthy and their servants. Written in 1939, this true-life experience reveals a writer who wasted no opportunity to explore daily lives and dramas. Her keen eye for detail, youthful resilience, and sense of the absurd make One Pair of Hands a deliciously inside look at the households of the British upper-class.


New York Times Book Review
"Over and above its gay adventuress, its variety of keen-eyed and blithe-hearted experience and its implicit challenge to reflection, this book fascinates us too by its lively and unfamiliar detail."

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0220
Product attributePublisher:   Academy Chicago Publishers
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