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This review is from: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Paperback)
It's incredibly that untill recently, this book was hardly known about, much less considered an important book. This book is sweet and delightful and funny. The dialouge is memorable, and so are the pictures. I'd love to see this turned into a movie. But i think maybe its the sort of book that shouldv'e been turned into a movie in the 50's...it just wouldn't be right unless it was shot in that wonderfully grainy old film with 1950's conceits and that fat cat dialougue.
Anyways, the book is about this dowdy old lady who going to an interview as a nanny, but she's given the wrong adress and ends up at the house of Delsyia, a sweet aspiring actress with three lovers and who romps about in classic 1920's flapper style. Miss Pettigrew is detirmined to save her from the wicked cociane snorting possesive man and the career-advancing director and have her marry the good guy, and in the mean time, Miss Pettigrew gets a make-over, finds a beau, and has a little jazz and booze fun of her own. Its a really funny subversive little story told in a very touching way.
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Initial post: Mar 9, 2008 12:53:47 PM PDT
Bronx Book Guy says:
You got your wish ... it's a movie!
Posted on Jul 10, 2010 10:53:54 PM PDT
Pre-Code Maven says:
Nice review, but Miss Pettigrew was 40 - hardly an "old lady," as you call her! Also, not sure why they'd film a book set in 1938 with "1950s conceits."
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