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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (edition 2011)

by Helen Simonson

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Title:Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Authors:Helen Simonson
Info:Random House (2011), Edition: 1ST, Paperback, 400 pages
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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

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*Sigh* If only there were more men like Major Pettigrew in the world. Honest and kind, brave and romantic, and with the type of morals that only Sir Galahad could live up to, the Major is one of nature's gentlemen. This story - about a love that transcends the barriers of race, class, and social conventionalism - captured my heart from the very first page and kept me reading long after I should have been in bed. ( )
  TRWhittier | Apr 15, 2014 |
Slow moving for the first half of the book, with some tread worn themes of inter-generational angst and an unlikely pairing. The Major and Mrs. Ali being likable characters the trip isn't without entertainment. The twisty ending the best part of the book. ( )
  charlie68 | Mar 30, 2014 |
I wonder if this has been optioned for a screenplay. Not in a cynical sort of way, but I'm curious how it would be visualized. ( )
  ewillse | Mar 23, 2014 |
I wonder if this has been optioned for a screenplay. Not in a cynical sort of way, but I'm curious how it would be visualized. ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
I wonder if this has been optioned for a screenplay. Not in a cynical sort of way, but I'm curious how it would be visualized. ( )
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Simonson .. is having a great time with her first novel. She is unsparing in her willingness to send up her characters and their little village, and she is often downright funny – that intelligent kind of funny that catches readers by surprise and makes them re-read a sentence several times to figure out how the author managed to make them laugh out loud so unexpectedly.The book is almost always pitch-perfect in its demonstration of how ridiculous our small ignorances can be – and how magnificent we are when we rise above them.
This thoroughly charming novel wraps Old World sensibility around a story of multicultural conflict involving two widowed people who assume they're done with love. The result is a smart romantic comedy about decency and good manners in a world threatened by men's hair gel, herbal tea and latent racism..When depicted by the right storyteller, the thrill of falling in love is funnier and sweeter at 60 than at 16. The stakes are higher, after all, and the lovers have stored up decades of peculiarities and anxieties
As with the polished work of Alexander McCall Smith, there is never a dull moment but never a discordant note either. Still, this book feels fresh despite its conventional blueprint. Its main characters are especially well drawn, and Ms. Simonson makes them as admirable as they are entertaining. They are traditionally built, and that’s not just Mr. McCall Smith’s euphemism. It’s about intelligence, heart, dignity and backbone. “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” has them all.

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Major Pettigrew was still upset about the phone call from his brother's wife and so he answered the doorbell without thinking.
He finished his tea and rose from the table to go to his room. "But I must ask you, do you really understand what it means to be in love with an unsuitable woman?" "My dear boy," said the Major. "Is there really any other kind?"
"Careful, careful," he said, feeling a splash of scalding tea on his wrist. "Passion is all very well, but it wouldn't do to spill the tea."
Too few people today appreciate and pursue the delights of civilized culture for their own sake.
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Major Ernest Pettigrew, having retired to a quiet life in Edgecombe St. Mary, raises a few eyebrows in the small English village when he begins a relationship with widow Mrs. Jasmina Ali, a Pakistani shopkeeper.
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Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until 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 will their relationship survive in a society that considers Ali a foreigner?… (more)

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