Dorothy Edith Gilman was born in New Brunswick, N.J., on June 25, 1923 and passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s on February 2, 2012. Under her married name, Dorothy Gilman Butters, she began publishing children’s books in the late 1940s.
She wrote several non-series books but she is best known for her Mrs. Pollifax mysteries. She wrote 14 books in that series. What makes Mrs. Pollifax so unique is that she is in her 60s, a widow, a pillar of society, and was just plain bored and decided to fulfill her childhood wish and apply at the C.I.A. to be a spy. The books were started in the mid 60s when the U.S.S.R. was a world power and most of Eastern Europe was under Communist rule.
It starts with her meeting her contact early and proceeding to be kidnapped along with another American John Farrell. The book proceeds with them being taken to Albania where Mrs. Pollifax tries to corrupt her captors and figure out how to escape from a prison no one has escaped from, get out of a Communist country with Farrell who has a broken leg and a Chinese prisoner no one knows anything about all the while playing endless games of solitaire. The whole story is completely improbable and you don’t care because it is so much fun.
In this book Mrs. Pollifax gets a love interest of her own in the form of Cyrus Reed. I love how the author doesn't feel that love and romance has to be only for the young.
These are the first five books in the Mrs. Pollifax series. In two future diaries I will be reviewing the next five books and then the final four.
Mrs. Pollifax appeals to me very much because she and I are around the same age. She isn't afraid to try new things. She goes after her dreams. In an age where youth is being pushed so strongly it is great to know that in some places experience and age are respected. As I tell my kids I may be a little creakier than I used to be but I still have a lot of life left in me. Mrs. Pollifax is full of life and I salute that and the late Dorothy Gilman.
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|TUES||5:00 PM||Indigo Kalliope: Poems from the Left||bigjacbigjacbigjac|
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|Fri||10:00 PM||Slightly Foxed -- But Still Desirable||shortfinals|
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