- By Paul Gallico

Love of Seven Dolls

  • Title: Love of Seven Dolls
  • Author: Paul Gallico
  • ISBN: 9781558820135
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • Love of Seven Dolls A young girl called Mouche is about to throw herself into the Seine when her attention is attracted by a voice It turns out to be the voice of a glove puppet called Carrot Top She then meets Reynard

    A young girl called Mouche is about to throw herself into the Seine, when her attention is attracted by a voice It turns out to be the voice of a glove puppet, called Carrot Top She then meets Reynard the fox, Gigi, Alifanfaron, Dr Duclos, Madame Muscat and Monsieur Nicholas The story is about her relationship with the seven puppets and their grim puppetmaster, CapitainA young girl called Mouche is about to throw herself into the Seine, when her attention is attracted by a voice It turns out to be the voice of a glove puppet, called Carrot Top She then meets Reynard the fox, Gigi, Alifanfaron, Dr Duclos, Madame Muscat and Monsieur Nicholas The story is about her relationship with the seven puppets and their grim puppetmaster, Capitaine Coq, and what happens when she joins their travelling show.This is another of Paul Gallico s brilliant short novels You find yourself thinking, as Mouche does, of the puppets as individuals, and completely forgetting that they are only puppets.

    1 thought on “Love of Seven Dolls

    1. I truly love this book in spite of its many fallacies. Women should never stay with rapist men that beat them because in the real world people tend to not change. When we read this strange, sad, sweet, twisted fairy tale of a novella it is important to remember to temporarily suspend our disbelief. This book is an absolute field day for feminist literary critics as well those that pursue psychological literary criticism, but it also has a weird haunting beauty that makes it one of my favorites.

    2. I have always loved this book -because of it's charm, sadness, the vulnerability but feistiness of the heroine Mouche and the darkness and tragedy of the man who operates the puppet Capitaine Coq. It is a story of life on the streets of Paris in the 30s and of love and redemption. The other characters or puppets are tremendous -particularly the Fox and the giant, whose combined magic mediates the healing of a wounded man and a vulnerable girl, both in need of love. Gallico's book is difficult fo [...]

    3. Love of Seven Dolls by Paul Gallico. The author, that title, the concept – completely irresistable!The story opens on the banks of the Seine where a young girl, Mouche, is planning to throw herself in.Why? The war left Mouche an orphan. She dreamed of the stage and so she worked and save until she could come to Paris. But she found that she had neither the talent nor the looks needed to succeed. She looked like the simple country girl she was. And so she found herself at the age of twenty-two [...]

    4. I found this book at a flea market last fall, and bought it with a book of Mozart’s piano sonatas for $1! At the time, all I really noticed was that it was a Paul Gallico book with a title that I didn’t recognize from my mom’s bookshelf. I didn’t realize how lucky I was with my purchase until I got home and looked at it more closely. Not only was the book a first edition that was in pretty good condition, but its story was the basis for one of my favorite films as a kid: Lili, with Lesli [...]

    5. *spoiler alert*I originally read this book when I was about 13 or 14, and didn't fully comprehend some of the darker themes of it. Though I was fully aware of the abusive nature of Mouche and Michel's relationship, it never fully crossed my mind that *this was rape*. I was mainly caught up in the mystery and fairy tale of the puppets and Mouche's relationship with them, and thus I found the book enchanting (and still do) and it did not upset or surprise me when Mouche and Michel ended up togethe [...]

    6. Một quyển gồm 2 truyện vừa, Con chim trốn tuyết và Tình nghệ sĩ. Cả tác giả lẫn truyện đều lạ hoắc. Bạn mua quyển này từ hồi cấp 3, cái thời đường Láng còn là thiên đường sách cũ, nhờ không nổi danh nên nó rẻ hều còn chưa bằng cái bánh mì ăn sáng. Con chim trốn tuyết thì dở òm nhạt nhẽo, không biết sao được lên bìa. Còn Tình nghệ sĩ bạn đọc một mạch, đọc hết trang cuối l [...]

    7. Simply love this book.I like to think I'm relatively tough (not over-sentimental) but there are some books that make we weep like a child. This is one. Paul Gallico has written two of the less than ten that have done it (the other is Flowers for Mrs Harris which gets me about three ways and is simply one of the best books about human nature and the importance of dreams and decency over possessions.Paul Gallico simply does not get the reputation he deserves - too often he is thought of as someone [...]

    8. An unexpected good read! I loved the simplicity in which the protagonist's misery and down-trodden fortune is shown, and how she undergoes a transformation through an abusive relationship from which there is a genuine love. In some ways, this is a deeply disturbing book, with dark psychological undertones represented in the antagonist, reminiscent of a Sade character. But the Freudian suggestions work, especially in the structure Galico chose – to manifest different aspects of the antagonist's [...]

    9. (Review originally posted on my blog)I chanced upon this book going through my mother’s old collection, and always being intrigued by something short and purportedly fantastical (with a context of carnivals, no less) I gave it a whirl. Not already being familiar with Paul Gallico, I was immediately impressed by the standard of writing and drawn into the enchanting (if now antiquated) world of Love of Seven Dolls – a tale of a suicidal girl finding a reason to go on through a puppet show with [...]

    10. This is a beautiful story that I first read over 45 years ago! It follows a young innocent girl, Mouche, who is about to throw herself into the river Seine when a voice stops her - the voice is that of a puppet Carrot Top, with whom she immediately falls in love. The puppet master, Michael, is a dark figure, forever in the shadows, angry at life and who focuses all his rage at Mouche's innocence. His dilemma is that it is precisely this innocence and the way she interacts with all his 7 puppets [...]

    11. Forget the course of true love never running smooth. Gallico manages to create stories where the course of true love is utterly screwed up, messy and horrific but completely believable. Just like real life. Despite hating one of the characters with an intense passion, the ending totally makes sense. It's very sad. Love is ridiculous.

    12. the writing has dated badly and when i got to this sentence i gave up: 'And she was the more shamed because of the instinct that told her that despite the horror and brutality, she had yielded and the act and the moment might make her for ever his.' romance because of rape? no, thank you.

    13. Could have been magical and fairytale-like, but it turns into something so infuriating no thanks to excusing rape in the name of 'love' and to Gallico's repulsive racism.

    14. This is an extraordinary book in so many ways. Paul Gallico has written a gem. I have never read anything quite like it, it's unique and moves from dark to light with a creative flow that is spellbinding. The ending is genius, it's a story that has many layers and will bewitch you in its depth of understanding of human tragedy, triumph and love.

    15. "A reader must have grown old and crusty if he has closed his mind to so much charm."Paul Gallico once again effortlessly swept me into a dark but endearing 'fairytale' with his incredible writing charm.Quick read but I loved it.

    16. Unexpectedly deep book about all shades of men. Desperately crying after reading and surprised how my emotions grew from the very first pages till the end. Definitely worth attention.

    17. I couldn't resist this book when I found it lying around the house, and it delivered: it's a very cute story about a desperate girl who finds love in an unusual way. The idea of the puppets simultaneously being creations of the puppeteer and independent characters is intriguing and well executed.The characters (both human and puppet) did remain quite flat throughout the story and some character developments, as well as the anonymous audience's unanimous praise of the puppet show, are not the mos [...]

    18. A friend of mine is going to act in an adaption of this book (she's going to be Gigi) and she highly recommended this book. I'm going to swallow back the sjw criticism because this book is so charming. It's enchanting. The idea behind it, the dolls, is so original and done well. It was so much fun to melt inside this lovely world. There's a lot to think about. This book reminded me of how sometimes the most talented artists are also the worst people. The captain is wonderful as puppeteer but he' [...]

    19. It is incredibly hard to pin point exactly why I love this book so much. With such an agonizingly beautiful ending it's hard to be ok with where you leave the characters. In spite of this, I still find myself captivated by the way this book is written. The character development and relationship building to creates a delightful interplay between Mouche and the dolls. To see the contrast between her relationship with the dolls and their owner (and mind) Capitaine Coq is striking and the author tru [...]

    20. This is a slim paperback of 122 pages that I purchased in 1954 and read many times. It is both cruel and hopeful. A street girl called Mouche is "befriended" by 7 puppets. So caught up with them is she that she does not realize she has attracted a crowd--but their operator does.Capraine Coq, aka Michel Peyrot "the man in black with the dead face" does, and offers her a place to stay if she will talk to the puppets during the day. What follows is nights of sexual abuse and days of innocence as sh [...]

    21. I actually came to this story via the musical "Carnival", and after hearing how dark this novella adaptation of the plot was, decided to check it out. (The musical and the film "Lili" were both adapted from the original short story version of the tale called "The Man Who Hated People", in which the puppeteer is just a bitter and angry man, rather than a vengeful rapist motivated by a hatred of anything pure or innocent.) It was indeed dark, but captured a certain sort of tawdry postwar gloom qui [...]

    22. The film _Lili_, with Leslie Caron is based on this book. Mouche is in despair and thinking of ending her life when she is distracted by the lively puppets operated by Capitaine Coq, really Michel Peyrot. Soon she discovers that the puppets, seemingly alive, are her only friends, and she loves them back. But her relationship with the irascible Michel is a different story. Readers expecting the gentle love story of _Lili_ will be shocked by one ugly episode. The book is still poignant and as beau [...]

    23. I did really like this book, though i didn't want to once i reached the ending. It wasn't what i was expecting after seeing Lili first. I can see what Paul Gallico was trying to do, the whole Beauty And The Beast reference, but i guess reading this today it's shocking what actually happens to Mouche yet she sticks around! From the beginning i couldn't help rooting for him to change, but as his behavior worsened i changed my mind. I loved Mouche right from the first page, her naivety and kindness [...]

    24. 'In Paris, in the spring of our times, a young girl was about to throw herself into the Seine.' I read this years ago when a teenager, and have never forgotten it. Perhaps it was my first adult novel. Sentimental yet dark, this story of a young homeless girl is set in the poorstreets of Paris, with a strange menage of characters - seven puppets, who strut their stuff on a small stage. The unfolding of the story has undercurrents of violence, but all this is escaped as Mouche, the heroine, enters [...]

    25. Love of Seven Dolls (1954) - Paul GallicoThe story seems older, which may or may not be to your liking. Gallico is a true story teller, and there is a magic here. Ultimately it's flawed by its dated perspectives, in the way of some fairy tales. (Love and abuse.)This has left me interested in A High Wind in Jamaica (1929) by Richard Hughes as potential antidoteTE: Paul Gallico is author of The Poseidon Adventure.

    26. It's a very short novel but very well-written. So poignant and the author managed to convey how troubled Michel was and Mouche innocence was so appealing. It was very hard to put down.

    27. I'm named after the main character in the musical "Lili" that was made from this book.I would love to read it, but can't find any affordable copies(it's gone out of print), so if anyone wants to sell theirs (even a damaged one is fine), please contact me on johannalilian@gmail (Johanna is my second name, the other way around was already taken)Thanks in advance, Lilian from Amsterdam

    28. I read this book for the first time when I had to read 15 books for my list of English literature in school, I must have been between 15 and 18 so it's a good 40 years ago. I took a copy home from the books the library cycled out, I might not have reread it otherwise. But it still has the same charm it had the first time. It's a story about the magic that exists in our lives but that most people don't recognize. Or perhaps it is just a simple love story. Simple, but strong.

    29. I can't fully explain how much I loved this book, it's beautifully written and really appealed to the child in me at first what with the simplicity of the writing but, the story and concept itself is actually more complex than perceived at first. Her quite sudden romance with Captain Coq is alarming and quite dark, but her spirited conversations with the puppets keep this book from being too tragic. Beautiful book really, I've never found a book I've liked better.

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