The title says it all: It is the history, thoughts and writings of a chambermaid who went through quite a lot of houses. Though the people she successively works for are far from being nice and good people, the tone of the book is funny at times and true. Her vision is quite amusing and terribly tender. She depicts all of her surroundings and masters in a very honest style. These people are often terrible but she also gives away her own flaws: liar and vicious at times but she also relieves to be sincere and what really makes her sympathetic.
It is a truly beautiful and sad story.