The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

The Ghost and Mrs Muir The basis for Joseph L Mankiewicz s cinematic romance starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison Burdened by debt after her husband s death Lucy Muir insists on moving into the very cheap Gull Cottage in

  • Title: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
  • Author: R.A. Dick
  • ISBN: 9780804173483
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • The basis for Joseph L Mankiewicz s cinematic romance starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison Burdened by debt after her husband s death, Lucy Muir insists on moving into the very cheap Gull Cottage in the quaint seaside village of Whitecliff, despite multiple warnings that the house is haunted Upon discovering the rumors to be true, the young widow ends up forming a sThe basis for Joseph L Mankiewicz s cinematic romance starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison Burdened by debt after her husband s death, Lucy Muir insists on moving into the very cheap Gull Cottage in the quaint seaside village of Whitecliff, despite multiple warnings that the house is haunted Upon discovering the rumors to be true, the young widow ends up forming a special companionship with the ghost of handsome former sea captain Daniel Gregg Through the struggles of supporting her children, seeking out romance from the wrong places, and working to publish the captain s story as a book, Blood and Swash, Lucy finds in her secret relationship with Captain Gregg a comfort and blossoming love she never could have predicted Originally published in 1945, made into a movie in 1947, and later adapted into a television sitcom in 1968, this romantic tale explores how love can develop without boundaries, both in this life and beyond With a new foreword by Adriana Trigiani.Vintage Movie Classics spotlights classic films that have stood the test of time, now rediscovered through the publication of the novels on which they were based.

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    • R.A. Dick

      R.A Dick was the pseudonym of Josephine Aimee Campbell Leslie, An Irish writer who wrote the 1945 novel The Ghost and Mrs Muir The book was made into a movie in 1947 starring Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders and Natalie Wood It was also a television series in the 1960 s She also wrote The Devil and Mrs Devine.

    259 thoughts on “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

    • In a land far, far away, there was once a young girl who saw a delightful movie with Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney, that stole her heart and peeked her imagination and set some fairly unrealistic ideas of what love is or at least can be. While browsing library shelves this week, what should that young girl, turned older lady, come across but the book from which that lovely movie sprang. Couldn’t resist. It is a lovely little book, more a novella than a novel. It was exactly the break I needed, [...]

    • Beautiful, sad, romantic story. Less than 200 pages, a really quick read. In this case, I thought the movie (1947, and one of my favorites) did a really great job representing the original story. The only thing that was really different is that Lucy had a second child in the book, while in the movie she had only a daughter. My guess is that in the movie, it was too much to try to fit in the plotline an explanation of her relationship with her son; it was interesting to read it here. Side note: t [...]

    • What a wonderful, sweet and beautifully sad romance. A romance that isn't a romance but really is. I loved it. I saw the old black and white movie years ago - and lapped up the tv series - but this source of those two visual medias is far better. It is the story of a widow who wants to break out of the family restraints and live life her way. She buys a house near the sea and meets it's invisible resident - the ghost of Captain Daniel Gregg. The Captain helps Lucy Muir to live the life she wants [...]

    • A perfectly delightful story seasoned with Captain Gregg's salty language-just as good as the movie and perhaps even better!

    • This was such a nostalgic read. As a child of the 60's I remember watching the TV version on the ABC right before dinner. And the movie with Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney is a romance classic. Such a sweet and classic love story although as a book the characters are a little one dimensional and the writing a tad dated. But the descriptive passages of Gull Cottage and the wind swept cliffs balance this out and I dare anyone to read the last page without a tear in their eye!

    • Some of my complaints in reading is that "nothing is happening"; Character Studies are generally not for me; Romances too sappy; Paranormal too unrealistic. So to my surprise I found this book to be a very sweet romantic look at one woman's struggle to mold her life on her terms. I was always tense when others, well-intentioned or not, tried to force her into "doing what was best" for her.To my surprise, I even cried at the end of her journey! A charming story.

    • I really, really enjoyed this book. I was skeptical because of the many tepid reviews. I adored the movie; and thought it would provide me further insight to the characters I loved so much in the film. If you like the film I highly suggest you read this book. There are differences; for example Mrs. Lucy Muir has a son in the book, Cyril. However I can see why the film adaptation didn't include him in the story. This is a short book. It's one of those easy, short, lovely books that you can read i [...]

    • If you were to ask me to name my top two or three favorite fantasy novels, the answer would take me a long time to come up with, given the overwhelming number of possible choices. But if you wanted to know my top two or three fantasy films, well, I could give you that reply fairly quickly. One of them would of course be "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), which I steadfastly maintain must be viewed on the big screen. Next up, for me, is "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T" (1953), co-created by Dr. Seuss himself [...]

    • Having seen and enjoyed the movie version several times, I was delighted to run across the book! It's beautifully written and a pleasure to read. And while I'd willingly watch Rex Harrison any day of the week and twice on Sundays, I have to say that the role of the captain is better written in the book. His character is more well-rounded and, I might even say, has a more moral point of view. For instance, he insists that Lucy apologize to Martha for her sharp words near the end of the story ("Yo [...]

    • I zipped through this one--a charming, delightful novella about a widow, Lucy Muir, wishing to escape her domineering [though well-meaning] in-laws. She begins to exert independence and settles in a cottage by the sea. She meets the ghost of a sea captain, Captain Gregg. The two form an unlikely but warm friendship which lasts through the years. His wisdom and counsel along with prompt action rescue her from several scrapes. To escape penury, she "ghostwrites" [wordplay intentional :)] his memoi [...]

    • This is a lovely gem of a book. I liked it more than the movie, which is very good, and am so glad I just happened to see it on the library shelf.It is the story of a young widow with two children who decides to start asserting herself even though it is against her nature to do so. She ends up renting a cottage by the sea that is haunted by the ghost of the sea captain who lived there several years earlier.I was feeling a bit sniffly at the end and then when Capt. Gregg told Lucy she would feel [...]

    • A good story - which is why Hollywood bought it. However, not all that well written. Rather superficial. The heroine's character was a weak willed sort - she said and did things that made me wonder why the captain wasted his time on her. Other characters are mostly one dimensional. I have a feeling I may have stumbled on one of those instances where the film is actually better than the book. I had to laugh while reading this: ""This is not the least like 'Cranford'," Lucy said." - She wasn't kid [...]

    • In my opinion, this book is one of those rare occurrences where the movie adaptation (starring Rex Harrison and the luminous Gene Tierney) actually improves upon the book on which is was based.A quick read, and does provide some background info. that the movie didn't (although again, the "filler" doesn't make the movie characters as enchanting as you'd imagine).Not sorry I read it, but glad that the scriptwriters modified it for film - otherwise, I don't think the movie wouldn't be the classic i [...]

    • What a delightful, charming book! So quaint and yet quite funny with occasional profound wisdom--a real gem.

    • I was nine or ten years old when I saw the black and white, 1947, movie version (starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney) on a rainy Sunday afternoon and it's remained at the absolute top of my favorite films list for the past 40 years. Until a few days ago, however -while re-watching the film with my 10-year-old daughter- I'd never noticed it was based upon an actual novel. (written by a woman, Josephine Leslie behind the masculine nom de plume of R.A. Dick) At 10, I suppose the salty sea captai [...]

    • Closer to 3.5 stars.Isn't it funny when you have watched a movie and more than once, only to find out it was a book written long ago? Of course, the movie was made decades ago but it never occurred to me that it was a book first.I first saw THE GHOST AND MRS MUIR in black and white when I was a teenager and fell in love with the ghostly charm of Captain Gregg, the sweet Mrs. Muir and, of course, the awesome music. Years went by and I saw it again late one night as an adult. I still thought it wa [...]

    • Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Le Fantôme et Mrs Muir ? "C'est bien connu, se rendre au Salon du Livre avec des copines blogueuses, c'est le craquage assuré. Celui-ci m'a été fortement suggéré par Emjy, et je ne discute jamais les conseils lecture d'Emjy."Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire "Lucy Muir en a marre que tout le monde lui dicte sa conduite et maintenant qu'elle est veuve, elle décide de s'installer où bon lui semble et loue un cottage pour e [...]

    • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir follows the life and times of Mrs. Lucy Muir, a young widow and mother of two, in search of a life that is truly her own, away from the influence of her in-laws and others. Her search leads her to purchase the former house of Captain Daniel Gregg, who stills haunts its halls (which Lucy is fully aware of when she decides to live thereting). Even with her new move, Lucy's quest for independence (of thought and action) is not without challenge from former and new influences [...]

    • Why is there no "I loved it" rating? "Amazing" seems to be a bit over the top and to fit very few books, although I consistently use it as an "I loved it" substitute.Oh, well. I LOVED this book. It's charming and old-fashioned; having been written in the 1940s, it evokes a time long gone. While I haven't seen the film version (which I am looking forward to), I did grow up watching the TV showd loved it.Of course, the book is much richer than anything we watched on TV in those days, but the story [...]

    • 'Oh, Lucia,' the captain said softly, 'you are so little and so lovely. How I would have liked to have taken you to Norway and shown you the fiords in the midnight sun, and to China - what you have missed, Lucia, by being born too late to travel the Seven Seas with me! And what I've missed, too.' Yes, this book is sentimental, a little cheesy and outdated, but these elements make up part of its charm. The 1947 film starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison made me cry, and so did this book. *sob*

    • Very enjoyable. A romance story with a difference in which the real romance is subtle. I loved the ghost and would like to have seen/heard more of him and wish that someone else could expereince him too. Some parts of the book and some of the characters were difficult, but they added to the plot.

    • Delightful little bittersweet story to be read curled up in a cozy blanket on a rainy day. Saw the movie in my childhood and have fond memories of it.

    • This is a charming story, well told and with characters that live beyond the page. It's more than it seems, with the themes of feminine independence, lost love, betrayal and recovery and growing old. Slightly different to the movie with Rex Harrison, I would recommend watching the movie first, and then enjoy the voice of Rex Harrison as the Captain thru the book.

    • Un petit livre étonnant que j'ai découvert par hasard. Une petite pépite très british que j'ai beaucoup aimée. Lecture facile, rapide (trop ?), délicieuse sachez que ce petit livre de 1945 est adapté au cinéma en 1947. et je m'en vais le visionner de suite !!

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