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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics) Paperback – December 31, 2008
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A bestseller in Britain when first published in 1938, this charming novel was recently adapted to film, starring Academy Award winner Frances McDormand, who here makes a rare audiobook appearance. It's about a dowdy governess who, stumbling into the employ of a freewheeling nightclub singer, undergoes a psychological makeover while putting some order into her charge's unruly existence. New to this type of performance, McDormand creates her own technique. Neither a narrator nor a storyteller, she's a character actor, a particularly fine one, who "plays" the book with considerable skill, imagination, and animation. Though her style is a little disjointed, it is singularly enjoyable. She gives a sweet bit of fluff distinction by virtue of her unique talent. Y.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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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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Miss Pettigrew DOES live for a day and what a day it was. From a very inept and down on her luck "nanny" (who really wasn't very good with kids) to the gal who saved the day, repeatedly... all w/in 24 hours. It's a light frolic. A romp. A quick read that will make you smile.
Not to be confused with the screen adaptation, which has very little to do with the book. The movie was mildly cute but nothing more although you cannot make a movie from a book with so much inner dialogue. (Think Bonfire of the Vanities).
Highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, but intelligent, read.
Since I didn't read the book first, I had no preconceived notions on how things "are supposed to be," I was actually able to enjoy both.
Light hearted and fun, you won't regret living a day with Miss Pettigrew.