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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

One of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction and from the very first page of this remarkable novel he will steal your heartThe Major leads a uiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations honor duty decorum and a properly brewed cup of tea But then his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs Jasmina Ali the Pakistani shopkeeper f. 4550This is the perfect book to read before bedtime It is not an edge of your seat can t put the book down must turn the page to see what happens next type but the calm touching peaceful but poignant close the book with a sigh kind One to turn the lights off with a smile and a thought to slumber byMajor Pettigrew is a 67 year old English widower who is trying to navigate the growing changes in the world the dearth of discipline the turning tide of etiuette the lack of loyalties He has an absolutely delightful droll dry wit sometimes sarcastic but always dead on and hilarious as he observes and intermingles with the world at large He is truly the star of this story He becomes as dear to the reader as a beloved yet eccentric uncle wouldMrs Ali is a kind generous Pakistani widow who owns and runs the small convenience store down the street from Major Pettigrew As she struggles to maintain her individuality as a worthwhile woman while adhering to the pressures of her fundamentalist Muslim family she finds a friend and soul mate in the kind uiet man of Mr PettigrewTheir journey through the strict confines of both societies the prejudices of a enlightened generation as well as their own insecurities and natures to find happiness is written to perfection Truly a gem of a story Poslije svega (After, page of this remarkable novel he will steal your heartThe Major leads a uiet life valuing the Die Herrenschneiderei proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations honor duty decorum and a Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone page to see what happens next type but the calm touching Pretend God Is Deaf peaceful but Cased Images & Tintypes KwikGuide poignant close the book with a sigh kind One to turn the lights off with a smile and a thought to slumber byMajor Pettigrew is a 67 year old English widower who is trying to navigate the growing changes in the world the dearth of discipline the turning tide of etiuette the lack of loyalties He has an absolutely delightful droll dry wit sometimes sarcastic but always dead on and hilarious as he observes and intermingles with the world at large He is truly the star of this story He becomes as dear to the reader as a beloved yet eccentric uncle wouldMrs Ali is a kind generous Pakistani widow who owns and runs the small convenience store down the street from Major Pettigrew As she struggles to maintain her individuality as a worthwhile woman while adhering to the Las Puertas Del Amor pressures of her fundamentalist Muslim family she finds a friend and soul mate in the kind uiet man of Mr PettigrewTheir journey through the strict confines of both societies the Discoveries prejudices of a enlightened generation as well as their own insecurities and natures to find happiness is written to

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You are about to travel to Edgecombe St Mary a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills thatched cottages and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew retired the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut Wry courtly opinionated and completely endearing Major Pettigrew is. Major Ernest Pettigrew is a decent sort 68 retired military widowed and coping with the death of his younger brother Bertie He is a respected fixture in a rural community member of the local golf course club romantic target for one of the local ladies and defender of traditional values He is disappointed with his son who has made a religion of career ambition and considers the provincial notions of his neighbors less than cricket But everything changes when he encounters Mrs Ali a widowed Pakistani shop keeper Despite their different backgrounds Pettigrew and Ali find that they have much in commonHelen Simonson image from The Globe and MailAs Simonson takes us through the will they or won t they she also offers a look at contemporary rural England with old values and new engaging in public and private With characters that have depth and heart and a charming endearing love story it is easy to care and thus to become involved and ultimately to enjoy Hopefully Pettigrew s last stand will not also be Ms Simonson s It wasn t Published March 2 2010 Review posted May 2010 March 2017EXTRA STUFFPlans are or at least were afoot for a television production of the novel but at present it listed in IMDBCOM only as in development I do not have a pro membership so cannot see their privileged data I seem to recall that Bill Nighy had been set to play the Major Not sure if that is still onHere are links to Simonson s personal FB and Twitter pages

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Rom 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 But village society insists on embracing him as the uintessential local and her as the permanent foreigner Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and traditio. I am utterly baffled as to why this book is popular I expected sweet and charming and got dry and dull The obsession with the pair of guns was overdone and was what finally made me stop reading the book The book is also bogged down with architectural detail and long pointless descriptions of landscapes and interior decor The author s stereotyping of Americans is appalling and insulting She s clearly playing to British readers with this attitude the ignorance of the bad mannered As if all 350 million of us are exactly alike Not all Americans are tacky and boorish and pushy She knows that She s lived in the US for 20 years Totally not cool to portray us that way


About the Author: Helen Simonson

Helen Simonson was born in England and spent her teenage years in a small village in East Sussex A graduate of the London School of Economics with an MFA from Stony Brook Southampton she is a former travel advertising executive who has lived in America for almost three decades A longtime resident of Brooklyn she is married with two sons Her debut novel Major Pettigrew's Last Stand was a NY



10 thoughts on “Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  1. says:

    If Masterpiece Theatre doesn't make this book into a movie starring Derek Jacobi it will be a crime There has not been so perfectly English a read in its deadpan humor in a very long time Meet Major Pettigrew wido

  2. says:

    Whoever read my Olive Kitteridge rant probably knows that I am not much into reading books about old people Major Pettigrew's Last Stand however proves that any book about any subject matter or any type of characters can become a great experience if written well This novel is essentially a love story between a 68 year ol

  3. says:

    Major Ernest Pettigrew is a decent sort 68 retired military widowed and coping with the death of his younger brot

  4. says:

    If you are looking for something to read that is delightful charming with many layers of depth this is a book y

  5. says:

    I say old chap What a wonderful book Delicious full of humor wit it's colorful delicate wise cute a big five star very special Highly recommended I'll be looking for work of this author

  6. says:

    4550This is the perfect book to read before bedtime It is not an edge of your seat can't put the book down must turn the page to see what happens next type but the calm touching peaceful but poignant close the book with a

  7. says:

    I don't believe the greatest views in the world are great because they are vast or exotic sheJamina said I think their power comes from the knowledge that they do not change You look at them and you know they have been the same for a thousand years Major Ernest PettigrewRoyal Sussex retired is an old curmudgeon of the traditional or

  8. says:

    One of the frustrating books I have ever read Some good writing but with terrible characters and dodgy plotting an infuriating combinationThe author can turn a nice phrase But the Major excepted the characters are terribl

  9. says:

    I am utterly baffled as to why this book is popular I expected sweet and charming and got dry and dull The obsession with the pair of guns was overdone and was what finally made me stop reading the book The book is also bogged down with architectural detail and long pointless descriptions of landscapes and interior decor The author

  10. says:

    When I hear character driven novel I usually roll my eyes I expect navel gazing and lots of exploration of self and it comes a bit too close to self help for my tastes But Simonson gets it absolutely right in Major PettigrewReading about a 68 year old widowed retired Major in a sleepy English village is not ne

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