Miss Webster And Chérif

Miss Webster And Ch rif Elizabeth Webster is a spinster pushing seventy Forced out of her teaching job she unleashes her sharp tongue and dogmatic opinions on everyone in the English village of Little Blessington Then one

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  • Title: Miss Webster And Chérif
  • Author: Patricia Duncker
  • ISBN: 9780747585909
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Paperback
  • Elizabeth Webster is a spinster pushing seventy Forced out of her teaching job, she unleashes her sharp tongue and dogmatic opinions on everyone in the English village of Little Blessington Then, one night, she grinds to a dead halt To recover from this illness, she travels to North Africa where she has a brush with terrorism not that she cares about politics Three wElizabeth Webster is a spinster pushing seventy Forced out of her teaching job, she unleashes her sharp tongue and dogmatic opinions on everyone in the English village of Little Blessington Then, one night, she grinds to a dead halt To recover from this illness, she travels to North Africa where she has a brush with terrorism not that she cares about politics Three weeks after Miss Webster has returned home her doorbell rings There stands a beautiful young Arab man carrying a large suitcase Who is he, why is he there and what does he want

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    1. A weird and unusual book. Of a stubborn old lady and a spinster pushing seventy , a former teacher of French, Elisabeth Webster, coming to a complete standstill one day. It's not a heart attack, and they can't seem to find the cause, but she is very sick. When recovering she takes a trip on advice of her doctor, to North Africa and meets a family there, in a trip of turbulent events. One day soon after, Cherif is knocking on her door, the son of the family. He ends up staying in her house, takin [...]

    2. A genuinely original mixture of social comedy and mystery, this book is one of the most enjoyable I have read this year. My only previous experience of Duncker was reading her debut novel Hallucinating Foucault many years ago, although I don't remember it well, I know that I found it clever and funny. This book's unlikely heroine is Miss Webster, a 69 year old retired French teacher who almost dies when she collapses at home in her rural English village. After a trip to Morocco "prescribed" by h [...]

    3. "She had never built any close friendships with anyone; she was self-sufficient and suspicious. Other people either asked you for money or made you listen to their life stories. She had no idea which was worse". But life will prove Mrs. Webster wrong. A really enjoyable reading about human nature, choices, social and cultural differences and above all, the power to be kind.

    4. Why isn’t Patricia Duncker better known? Her work is daring, original, expertly crafted and diverse. Clearly a post-9/11 novel, Miss Webster and Chérif avoids the sensationalism typical of the genre, yet thoughtfully takes on not just racial/cultural prejudice but ageism. A book with a heroine pushing 70 was never going to be a bestseller. Duncker’s commitment to working through serious, controversial ideas is commendable. And she has a wicked sense of fun.This is the third novel of hers I [...]

    5. A book I have read with mixed emotions. Sometimes it was boring, sometimes it was funny. A story with a lot of ups and downs but in the end I was so far down that the ups could not get me up again.

    6. What life in the characters! How happy I was towards the end when I knew what would happen and it was just right. Yes, the characters may not be the most interesting and likeable, but I love how Duncker got everything out of them. I don't have to like people to like the story. I enjoyed my journey with the protagonist and liked the places I was taken, physical places and imaginatory levels of emotion. Duncker really built the whole story up just right and from afar it looks like an English mansi [...]

    7. This is a book with its heart in the right place, but it doesn't work. The main characters and the relationship between them are simply not credible. The use of real historical events interwoven with unreal ones in unnamed countries is confusing. The only interesting character is Dr Broadhurst and according to an afterword he is the only character who isn't fictional! Then why does he describe himself as "the messenger" - is he supposed to represent something superhuman? If magical realism is af [...]

    8. This is a book with its heart in the right place, but it doesn't work. The main characters and the relationship between them are simply not credible. The use of real historical events interwoven with unreal ones in unnamed countries is confusing. The only interesting character is Dr Broadhurst and according to an afterword he is the only character who isn't fictional! Then why does he describe himself as "the messenger" - is he supposed to represent something superhuman? If magical realism is af [...]

    9. I definitely liked this book but only a bit. I liked some of Miss Webster's character, Cherif's character, the politics, the theme of the book. When I say this I mean that the kernel of everything was fine, it's just that Duncker wasn't able to edit herself and the book ended up overwritten. Ok, examples here, and they are not going to be specific. Miss Webster is a bitter spinster. God knows why since she basically chose to live exactly as she lived. She is very comfortable, educated, has a lov [...]

    10. This was a cracking read, very glad that I eventually managed to get hold of it. I'd previously read one other book by her, which was well -written but very wierd and hard to like in a way - The Deadly Space Between. I moved my copy on years ago and who knows where it is now. This book is much easier to like.It's about Miss Webster, an old retired battle axe, who is such a great character. A real spirited old lady, and a good model for growing old - you don't have to be a feeble minded vegetable [...]

    11. Ich wusste anfangs nicht, was genau mich bei diesem Buch erwarten wird. Hab mir den Klappentext auch erst durchgelesen, nachdem ich schon angefangen hatte. Irgendwo las ich dann auch einen Verweis auf 'Harold & Maude'. Doch startet der Teil mit Miss Webster und Chérif dann doch recht spät (und das Buch ist nicht dick). Denn vorher hat Miss Webster noch ihren ominösen 'Stillstand' und unternimmt dann eine Reise nach Marokko. Und erst als sie zurück in England ist lernt sie Chérif kennen, [...]

    12. Elizabeth Webster the protagonist of this novel is a retired, single and extremely dogmatic lady. She is afflicted by an unknown illness which is a life changing experience for her. Many months later after recovering and travelling to North Africa for a holiday an unknown young man unexpectedly becomes part of life. Elizabeth and the young man Cherif are well portrayed characters and the story of this unlikely friendship is both sad and funny. However I felt this compassionate tale was somewhat [...]

    13. A cantankerous old ex teacher has a breakdown of sorts and is advised to go work it off in a North African country where she ventures into the desert and befriends the woman who runs the hotel. Once recovered and back in England she receives a knock on the door and there stands the son who is enrolled for the university near her. It is a story about friendship, prejudice, trust and liberation and I really enjoyed it.

    14. This is one of those nice stories about realistic, humdrum people and their ordinary lives that can get changed quite suddenly. Miss Webster isn't a particularly nice woman. She's a retired school teacher with very set ideas and very little empathy (or even sympathy for others). But she almost dies, and her doctor sends her off on a trip - to experience "real" life one suspects.She does. And it continues after her return home when a lovely young man appears on her doorstep.

    15. Another fabulous book! I fell in love with Miss Webster so completely, partly just because she is a wonderful character, and partly as she reminded me a little of a friend!The story was great too, just enough of a twist to not be predictable, but enough clues so you feel clever enough to get it too, the balance was perfect! Highly recommended!

    16. This is an unknown gem of a book. Miss Webster is a reluctant global citizen who shows more awareness and understanding of other cultures than you expect when you first meet her as a cantankerous retired French teacher. Unexpectedly, this book covers much of the same ground as The Other Hand (aka Little Bee) without being as tragic or harrowing.

    17. A retired school teacher becomes suddenly very ill and is advised by her doctor to travel. This leads to an unlikely friendship. The story is set not long after 9/11 and the author is not afraid to touch on the prejudices prevalent at that time. I found Miss Webster to be a bit like Agatha Raisin in that she has many qualities you find yourself disliking but you are on her side nevertheless.

    18. This book was a lovely, easy read. It was relaxing and didn't require any real effort from the reader. The character Miss Webster is built up beautifully and you can't help but like her. Although parts of the plot were suspenseful I found the ending a bit of an anti-climax. That said, a bigger reveal would have been quite out of place in this quaint book.

    19. I liked this book. I loved the way that Miss Webster related to Cherif and the way he treated her. It was such a beautiful relationship to read between two people with different nationalities and ages. It was a good read and made one think.

    20. After a retired British schoolteacher takes a medical recuperation trip to North Africa, she answers a knock at her door one night and is confronted with an astonishly handsome Arab man with a suitcase. Why is he there?

    21. The standard, ' stranger arrives and changes things for the better', story. Nothing new here, the ending was abrupt and some things not quite explained, the doctor for example. And my bugbear, English people do not use the word 'gotten'.

    22. This book is what one calls 'a good read'. Duncker's style is unimpeachable. Strangely, the book is not compromised by the fact that its plot is predictable.

    23. I enjoyed most of the book and Duncker's narrative in general, but there was something missing at the end for me to be perfect.

    24. A gentle read in the style of Alexander McCall Smith, about a crotchety old lady and a young black student who comes to England to study.

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