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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel…

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel by Helen Simonson | Summary &…

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Very good. Funny, poignant. ( )
  bacreads | Dec 21, 2012 |
It is clear from the very beginning this charming story was written by an English woman. It is told with authenticity and great love for the surroundings. Poor aging Major Pettigrew, a widower, is feeling sorry for himself rattling around in his empty lonely house, fretting over a frayed relationship with his only son. One day he is surprised when Mrs. Ali, the owner of a shop in the village, a Pakistani woman, knocks on his door. She has caught him at a bad moment as he has just learned of his brother's death, a death that has quite unnerved him. He is surprised that her presence is immediately soothing, even seems to ease his grief. And so begins a relationship that warms the hearts of these two lonely peopler, while it is outspokenly disapproved of by the townspeople as well as by Mrs. Ali's own family.

Plots and subplots abound as the village is threatened by an American developer who plans to purchase the Lord of the manor's estate and turn it into a subdivision of homes; Mrs. Ali's troubled and surly nephew plots to take over her shop and she is whisked away to the north by the family of her deceased husband; the uncertain fate of a matched pair of valuable Churchill shotguns plays an important role; and through all this Major Pettigrew struggles with his own uncertainty paired with his growing love for Mrs. Ali.

Beautifully written, this story deals candidly and with grace on the issue of interracial relationships. It is one of those feel-good tales that leaves the reader satisfied that all is going to be right with the world. ( )
  suztales | Sep 18, 2012 |
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