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My Cleaner [Format Kindle]

Maggie Gee
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Ugandan Mary Tendo worked for many years in the white middle-class Henman household in London, cleaning for Vanessa and looking after her only child, Justin. More than ten years after Mary has left, Justin – now twenty-two – is too depressed to get out of bed. To his mother’s surprise, he asks for Mary. When Mary responds to Vanessa’s cry for help and returns from Uganda to look after Justin, the balance of power in the house shifts dramatically. Both women’s lives change irrevocably as tensions build towards a climax on a snowbound motorway. ‘Beautifully observed, intelligent and moving … a carefully wrapped surprise that gets better and better with the unravelling.’ The Scotsman ‘A moving, funny, engrossing book.’ The Observer ‘Gee satirises the liberal conscience of the chattering classes with uncomfortable perception in this hugely enjoyable novel … her portrayal of Britain’s new underclass of immigrant workers is presented with her trademark stinging clarity.’ Metro ‘Maggie Gee is a superb and pitiless analyser of middleclass angst. Elegant, humorous and surprising, this is a classy performance.’ The Times ‘It’s amazing how many details, characters, stories within stories, Maggie Gee’s unquenchable exuberance crams into this comparatively short book.’ The Spectator ‘An intelligent and satisfying read.’ The Sunday Times ‘A masterful study in Africa/UK relations which manages to be supremely uncomfortable without being cynical, and clever without being calculating.’ Big Issue ‘The Flood was chillingly predictive. My Cleaner is a calmer, happier novel. Yet a gnawing tragedy lies in the shadows, all the more poignant for the deftness with which it’s brushed aside.’ The Independent

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 642 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 336 pages
  • Editeur : Telegram Books (28 mai 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0088Q9V3U
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 oh, excellent! 1 octobre 2013
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I shall be reading more Maggie Gee. This novel flies us between Uganda and England and explores the story of Mary, the Ugandan student who had been Vanessa's cleaner, working hours that caused her to form a surrogate mother-son relationship with Justin, Vanessa's son while hardly seeing her own - of the same age.
Much later, Mary returns to London at Vanessa's invitaton on a more equal footing to try to bring Justin out of a depressive illness. And that's as much as I will tell for the story.
The differing cultural analysis by Mary and Vanessa of the situations arising, Mary's "unorthodox" caring methods, Vanessa's inability to define Mary as anything other than "my cleaner", all work to create a series of absurdities that will have the reader laughing out loud. We have insight into the understand of the one, the misunderstanding of the other.
I loved it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Triumph 26 septembre 2005
Par James Shelby Tucker Jr. - Publié sur
I thought that I had touched the sky with Maggie Gee's previous novel, The Flood, but My Cleaner (perfect title) is even better, richly funny and moving. Vanessa Henman is a middle class writer who for the past 25 years has taught creative writing (instead of writing), who lives `in that big empty house, so much too big for only two people' and who has too many books that she doesn't read or need, too much of everything. She has raised her handsome, intelligent son Justin as a single-parent mother, but, blind to her failings as a mother, blames her ex-husband for what has happened to Justin. Justin has abandoned his job, mopes about the house all day and hates everyone except Mary, an Ugandan village girl who was Vanessa's cleaner when he was a boy. Mary now is a Makerere graduate living in Kampala, but somehow she has escaped the corrosive effects of education and urban life. Her preoccupations are the people she loves, her son who has been taken from her and her kabito (boyfriend). She believes in God and loves to sing and dance. She is grateful to be who she is. She needs money and, when Vanessa asks her to return to London to look after Justin, she accepts.

Maggie Gee confronts in this novel (one is tempted to say parable) life as so many of us in Europe and America now experience it: a sterilized life separated from the soil that nourishes us, of neuroses and trivial preoccupations, godless and lonely. She juxtaposes Vanessa and Mary (choosing an African, one suspects, because an English rustic would be a less convincing foil), leads us through a fascinating story happy and painful by turn, and makes her case with convincing authenticity of detail, grace and wit. `It is strange how Mr Blair is always smiling (he seems happier than anyone else in Britain!). And he likes our President Museveni, and so does Mr Bush, who came to visit. They all like war, and so they all get on.'

This reviewer believes that, with The White Family, The Flood and My Cleaner, Maggie Gee has secured a place in English letters that will survive our time. Another triumph.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Ugandan looks at England 15 novembre 2010
Par Ralph Blumenau - Publié sur
The main characters in this beautifully written book:

Vanessa Henman is a writer, snobbish, selfish, insecure, self-deluding, a cold single mother, though her ex-husband Trevor looks in frequently to fix things in the house and to keep in touch with Justin, their son.

Mary Tendo is a Ugandan. Educated at Makerere College, she had been sent by her government to do an MA in London, but then the government grant stopped; Mary could not afford to continue with her MA and took a job with Vanessa, initially as a cleaner twice a week, but soon looking after Justin, who became very fond of her as she of him. He was three when she arrived and eleven when, having saved enough money, she returned to Kampala. There she has found a decent job as the Linen Store Keeper in one of the top hotels, and is saving money to be able to retire to her native village. She is confident and satisfied with her life (though she has one great grief whenever she thinks of her much loved son Jamil whom her Libyan ex-husband took with him to Tripoli).

Then she receives a letter from Vanessa: Justin, now 21, "is very ill. He never gets up". He was still so fond of Mary; could she possibly come back to look after him? The money would be good. So Mary returns. She secured twice the wages that she had been offered: an early sign both of her confidence and of the new relationship between her and her employer. Justin is indeed mentally very sick, and Vanessa can do nothing with him; but he responds to Mary, which further tilts the balance of power in the household towards her. There is growing tension between the two women, and the reader is on tenterhooks, especially in the last few pages, about how it will all work out. Mary is as robust as Vanessa is brittle. In the end we feel sorry for Vanessa, especially as we learn more about her background and she is not wholly dislikeable. Both characters are beautifully drawn, and I can't wait to meet them again in the sequel, "My Driver".

Mary is a delightful character, and a particular charm of the book is her attitude to Europeans: she is not in awe or in fear of them; rather she comments, almost in the manner of an anthropologist, on the artificial and stilted way in which they live, on their accumulation of possessions.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 witty,engaging ,funny and thought provoking 29 juillet 2013
Par Smartmum - Publié sur
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I decided to purchase this book after reading it first from the local library..The author catches very well the peculiar frailties of her characters and in fact this led me to read another of her books-the follow up story-"My Driver"...As someone who grew up in Africa and other Commonwealth countries,who lived in the UK as both a child and an adult and who is well acquainted with academics and academia, I found much to enjoy in both these books...i wonder in fact if there isnt a lot of truth in these stories and real life experience..Recommended!
3.0 étoiles sur 5 I just love Maggie Gee 20 février 2015
Par DianaHelenPfitzner - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I just love Maggie Gee.Read "My Driver First"tho and I think its better to read The Cleaner first.Its funny,sad,poignant and uplifting.
....just right when youre having a bit of a sad day yourself.!
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