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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics) Paperback – December 31, 2008
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Miss Pettigrew is a dowdy governess who doesn't much like children and is down on her luck. She accidentally gets sent to the flat of a glamorous nightclub singer who is having all sorts of man trouble, which Miss Pettigrew promptly fixes with a combination of her wits and her totally common sense attitude about life.
It's a light and very easy read, definitely loose on the realism. But really, I promise that you will NOT regret it if you buy this book.
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.
It's a story that I knew would end happily - yet I could not put it down because I wanted to know HOW everything would happen.
I'm giving it 5 stars because I know I would gladly re-read it some day. Highly recommended to those who love sweet, old fashioned books.
Miss Pettigrew was an interesting mix of contradiction and a stark contrast to Delysia and her anything goes crowd. I would by no means this book a sort of moral compass, but I did love Miss Pettigrew opening herself up to new experiences and ideas. This allows her to decide things for herself and stop depending on the morality forced upon her by others. She finally got to become more herself and less what she was told to be. A sort of universal human struggle, we can relate too.
Because of its time period I was a little taken a back my by the language, but I did quickly adapt, but it should be noted that there are a couple of blatantly racist parts that really threw me. I will make no excuses for them, and only mention them as something to be aware of.
I also really adored the movie with Frances McDormand and Amy Adams, but the book and movie should really be treated as two separate things and not the book coming to life on the big screen.
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Fun to watch Miss Pettigrew finally have some fun and learn her strengths.Published 10 days ago by Funky Shopper
A delightful fast read that awakens Cinderella in all her glory. From ashes to the pumpkin coach of another life told with a rich vocabulary.Published 15 days ago by Rita Lucey
A wonderful read: light, funny, adorable.
Wish I'd had a Miss Pettigrew in my life.
A story from the 1930s, about a down on her luck governess who suddenly finds herself in the glamour lane in London before the war. She makes the most of her opportunity. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Captain Kang
You must do better with digitizing these texts. This one was littered with typos and errors. Really a mess.Published 6 months ago by Hilary
This is a wonderful little book. Charming and light-hearted and a pleasure to read. I love to read a book of it's time and 1938, just before the war, is interesting in that mores... Read morePublished 6 months ago by MTM
It was a pleasant book that left you with a good feeling........humorous and interesting.Published 7 months ago by Margaret E.