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- Print Length: 379 pages
- Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (February 20, 2010)
- Publication Date: March 2, 2010
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0036S4CIO
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,512 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“I love this book. Courting curmudgeons, wayward sons, religion and race and real-estate in a petty and picturesque English village–Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is surprisingly, wonderfully romantic and fresh. Unsentimental, intelligent and warm, this endlessly amusing comedy of manners is the best first novel I’ve read in a long, long time.” —Cathleen Schine, author of The Love Letter and The New Yorkers
"This irresistibly delightful, thoughtful, and utterly charming and surprising novel reads like the work of a seasoned pro. In fact, it is Simonson's debut. One cannot wait to see what she does next."—Library Journal, starred review
"The real pleasure of this book derives . . . from its beautiful little love story, which is told with skill and humor. . . . That love can overcome cultural barriers is no new theme, but it is presented here with great sensitivity and delicacy. . . . As for happy endings, [the book] deserves all available prizes."–New York Times Book Review
"Funny, barbed, delightfully winsome storytelling… As with the polished work of Alexander McCall Smith, there is never a dull moment but never a discordant note either…[the book’s] main characters are especially well drawn, and Ms. Simonson makes them as admirable as they are entertaining…It’s all about intelligence, heart, dignity and backbone. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand has them all." – New York Times
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All of the eccentricies of an excellent English drawing room comedy peep out from the odd curtains of a quaint and stuffy cottage, peopled with equally quaint and stuffy hilarious characters.
Second, she rips away the curtain and takes us into the world where real people live and rage and love. And even here, there is the delicious humor of people in love, young and old alike, confused and dizzy and dumbstruck by their joy and misery. They know exactly what they want. Why are other people always telling them they can't have it?
Lastly, she scares the living daylights out of you. You will hold your breath and not know it. You will read with all the speed you can muster. And when the end comes, you just might be tempted to go back to the beginning and do it all over again.
I loved evey word. I had a rollicking good time. It's wonderful.
The charms and pettiness of an English village are intertwined with the disdain and not so subtle discrimination and racism of non-whites. The reader is also exposed to the less than appealing customs and traditions of Muslims/Indians/Pakistanis et al regarding the role of women, family “honor,” and religion.
Add an obnoxious, ladder-climbing son forever bragging about buying and importing the “best” of everything, and relatives of the deceased brother, all of them after the money from the purported sale of family heirlooms and you get quite a rollicking tale.
And don’t forget the Yanks: son’s girlfriend and the developer (Ferguson) who traced his roots and bought himself a castle in Scotland. Throw in the country squire and the club that claims not to discriminate against brown skinned members but rejected the Doctor’s inquiry by saying that they had enough members of the medical profession and there are plenty of topics to keep the book interesting.
The Major encompasses many endearing traits and his upstanding thoughts and actions make him a winner in my book. The highly educated shopkeeper, Mrs Ali, proves to have the nerve and verve to act as a balance to the many stories within the story. Together they bring a common sense outlook to love and life.
I read nonfiction mostly but thoroughly enjoyed this book.
The book has a well thought out and developed cultural background that had me laughing at times. I wasn't a fan of the ending but all in all it was very good. Also well written and researched.
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There must be some Major Pettigrew types still about but a decade or two older than this one. He was 68 but described as if he were twenty years older. Most of the characters were unappealing and unrealistic. The storyline was predictable.
It was recommended to me by an ex pat. Was it aimed at an overseas older audience who might appreciate this fantasy of life in an English village? There was the Major, the women on the committee, the men at the golf club, the local gentry, the unassimilated Asians plus token "down from Londons" (as we call them in Sussex).
The writing was so good that I'd like to read something more believable written by Helen Simonson.
I rarely give up but I am afraid I gave up on chapter 11.
There is just no plot and I found the whole lifestyle of the Major totally boring,although a very nice man but as for his lifestyle I found boring.
The reviews said amusing story but not even a chuckle from me. Sorry be only 2 stars for. Lack of plot
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants something a little different that is not your typical story and which will probably extend your vocabulary :-0
Major Pettigrew is one of a dying breed and you do have to feel that we'll all be the poorer for it when people like him do leave us.
Some really lovely touches of humour and some beautiful quotations.
A great book.