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  • Hardcover
  • 359
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
  • Helen Simonson
  • English
  • 06 June 2019
  • 9781400068937

10 thoughts on “Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  1. says:

    If Masterpiece Theatre doesn't make this book into a movie starring Derek Jacobi it will be a crime There has not been so perfectly English a read in its deadpan humor in a very long time Meet Major Pettigrew widower retired army officer and pillar of the community in his small English town He is set in his ways tea with acuaintances shoot

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    Whoever read my Olive Kitteridge rant probably knows that I am not much into reading books about old people Major Pettigrew's Last Stand however proves that any book about any subject matter or any type of characters can become a great experience if written well This novel is essentially a love story between a 68 year old retired Major Ernest Pettigrew and a 58 year old Pakistani shop keeper Mrs Ali brought t

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    Major Ernest Pettigrew is a decent sort 68 retired military widowed and coping with the death of his younger brother Bertie He is a respected fixture in a rural community member of the local golf course club romantic target for one of the local ladies and defender of traditional values He is disappointed with his son who has made a religion of career ambition and considers the provincial notions of his neighb

  4. says:

    If you are looking for something to read that is delightful charming with many layers of depth this is a book you will love Although it takes place in England this novel is not specifically about the geography of the land or the people of that

  5. says:

    I say old chap What a wonderful book Delicious full of humor wit it's colorful delicate wise cute a big five star very special Highly recommended I'll be looking for work of this author

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    4550This is the perfect book to read before bedtime It is not an edge of your seat can't put the book down must turn the page to see what happens next type but the calm touching peaceful but poignant close the book with a sigh kind On

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    I don't believe the greatest views in the world are great because they are vast or exotic sheJamina said I think their pow

  8. says:

    One of the frustrating books I have ever read Some good writing but with terrible characters and dodgy plotting an infuriating combinationThe author can turn a nice phrase But the Major excepted the characters are terrible I know so little about Mrs Ali which is a shame; she seemed like she must have been a hell of a ladyThe son Rog

  9. says:

    I am utterly baffled as to why this book is popular I expected sweet and charming and got dry and dull The obsession with the pair of guns was overdone and was what finally made me stop reading the book The book is also bogged down with architectural detail and long pointless descriptions of landscapes and interior decor

  10. says:

    When I hear character driven novel I usually roll my eyes I expect navel gazing and lots of exploration of self and it comes a bit too close to

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E most indelible characters in contemporary fiction and Major Pettigrew's PDFEPUB or from the very first page of this remarkable novel he will steal your heartThe Major leads a uiet 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 sh If you are looking for something to read that is delightful charming with many layers of depth this is a book you will love Although it takes place in England this novel is not specifically about the geography of the land or the people of that geography It is much universal than thatIt is a story about romance but it isn t a romance novel It is a story about family but it isn t a family saga It is a story that deals with religion politics race relations and other sensitive topics but without proselytizing Everything fits together traditions values rebellion challenges and creates a story that is both timely and very realI loved the characters in this book even the ones who weren t lovable The plot and sub plots kept me turning pages and wishing I had time each day to devote to devouring each chapter This book and the characters in it affected me deeply and they were a reminder for me of the joys of readingThere were so many little nuggets of wit and wisdom within these pages that I had to stop writing them all down in favour of being one with the flow of the writing It is a rare and wonderful experience to feel completely included within a novel This one held me close through the enchantment of a wonderful story and excellent writingIf you have yet to read this book I am happy to recommend it with enthusiasm and confidence I can t imagine anyone whose life would not be touched in some way by the story and the writing

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Opkeeper 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 But village society insists on embracing him as the uintessential local and her as the permanent foreigner Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and traditio I am utterly baffled as to why this book is popular I expected sweet and charming and got dry and dull The obsession with the pair of guns was overdone and was what finally made me stop reading the book The book is also bogged down with architectural detail and long pointless descriptions of landscapes and interior decor The author s stereotyping of Americans is appalling and insulting She s clearly playing to British readers with this attitude the ignorance of the bad mannered As if all 350 million of us are exactly alike Not all Americans are tacky and boorish and pushy She knows that She s lived in the US for 20 years Totally not cool to portray us that way The Exploration of the Male Anatomy permanent foreigner Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when Transforming Multilateral Diplomacy: The Inside Story of the Sustainable Development Goals pursuing happiness in the face of culture and traditio I am utterly baffled as to why this book is All Night Long (Nannies, popular I expected sweet and charming and got dry and dull The obsession with the The Freeze-Frame Revolution pointless descriptions of landscapes and interior decor The author s stereotyping of Americans is appalling and insulting She s clearly The New-York Review, and Atheneum Magazine, Vol. 2 playing to British readers with this attitude the ignorance of the bad mannered As if all 350 million of us are exactly alike Not all Americans are tacky and boorish and Mon patron voulait que je tape les seins nus pushy She knows that She s lived in the US for 20 years Totally not cool to His Christmas Cowgirl (Wildflower Ranch portray us that way

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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 th If Masterpiece Theatre doesn t make this book into a movie starring Derek Jacobi it will be a crime There has not been so perfectly English a read in its deadpan humor in a very long time Meet Major Pettigrew widower retired army officer and pillar of the community in his small English town He is set in his ways tea with acuaintances shooting parties with friends reticence at all times But the Major s life starts falling into chaos when he falls in love and with a most unsuitable candidate Mrs Ali a charming Pakistani widow with a shared passion for Kipling But while the local community might be willing to see the Major marry a proper tea drinking Englishwoman they are certainly not prepared to see him waltz off in the arms of a woman in a sari The delight of this book lies in its humor and its even handedness The writer pokes eual fun at the young and the old the Major might be set in his ways but his bumptious social climbing young son is far worse It s also refreshing to see the East vs West stereotype turned on its head the Pakistani families in this book are not simply portrayed as saintly picked upon underdogs who can teach their English counterparts all about life but as a fully rounded culture in their own right The author observes with humor and tact that in any culture the young dismiss the old the old roll their eyes at the young and local traditions are sometimes beautiful and sometimes ridiculous wherever you happen to come from All one can do in the face of it is laugh and cheer that the Major and Mrs Ali might waltz off to a happy ending despite the opposition of their families And how lovely to see a passionate romance between a Romeo of sixty eight and a Juliet of fifty eight


About the Author: Helen Simonson

Helen Simonson was born in England and spent her teenage years in a small village in East Sussex A graduate of the London School of Economics with an MFA from Stony Brook Southampton she is a former travel advertising executive who has lived in America for almost three decades A longtime resident of Brooklyn she is married with two sons Her debut novel Major Pettigrew's Last Stand was a NY.