Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
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You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction, and from the very first page of this remarkable novel he will steal your heart.
The Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea. But then his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and her as the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?
Publishers Weekly Review
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Sweet and refreshing!
I found this book because of the book club I belong to. I have to admit the beginning was a little slow going. Ladies who had finished the book encouraged me to keep going, to finish. I am so glad I did. What a wonderful ending, I don't want to ruin it for anyone who has not read it as yet. Do yourself a favor and read this charming book!
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
In all deference to the author, this book would make a wonderful presentation for NPR.Right up there with Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey, but in our own era. It has drama,suspense, humor,romance,racial controversy, and,best of all, people over 30!
As a person of age, I feel such a connection to the major and his contempt for the digital age and what can seem such a precipitous decline of manners, communication, and appreciation for family and our shared history. The changes that have revolutionized our society have made the differences between generations into monumental chasms; the effort to keep up with those changes ,a constant challenge.
The major's ability to somehow perceive the difference between what is truly important and the arrogant and petty opinions of shallow minds that live in a world founded on nothing but the quicksand of prejuidice and self-promotion, is what made this book a constant pleasurable surprise for me. I never knew how he would react to a particular set of events. Just when I had decided he was an honorable person, he would retreat as a sodden old git;just as I had decided he was an SOD, he would suddenly peel back a layer to reveal his humanity and true grit.
The characters that the author creates for us all reveal themselves in the same fashion: layer by layer and thoroughly three dimensional. Their lovableness, or the lack thereof, their histories, their pain, and their guilt.
Without giving anything away, read this book and revel in language that tells us of a love the author has for the language, a deft hand at plot without formula, and familiarity of setting so real you feel as though you too are in an English fog!
Will enjoy this
A book that held my attention till the end.