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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

A Novel
Simonson, Helen (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from 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 more. But will their relationship survive in a society that considers Ali a foreigner?
Authors: Simonson, Helen
Title: Major Pettigrew's last stand
a novel
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 358 p. ;,25 cm.
Summary: Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from 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 more. But will their relationship survive in a society that considers Ali a foreigner?
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ISBN: 9781400068937
1400068932
Statement of Responsibility: Helen Simonson
Subject Headings: Country life England Fiction. Retirees Fiction. Widowers Fiction. Widows Fiction. Pakistanis England Fiction. Interracial friendship Fiction.
Genre/Form: Love stories-2010.
Topical Term: Country life
Retirees
Widowers
Widows
Pakistanis
Interracial friendship
LCCN: 2009022231
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Jun 13, 2014
  • Char4800 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is witty, charming, provoking, & full of some real characters! If you want something to warm your heart, make you chuckle & have ups & downs throughout - this is one you will enjoy.

May 26, 2014
  • VRMurphy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A charming, intimate slice of life. Not treacly at all, and the characters read as very realistic. Strongly recommended.

Mar 28, 2014
  • rowanquincy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this book immensely. I look forward to further books from this author.

Jan 25, 2014
  • jthomas1527 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed the book. Loved Major Pettigrew's bravery in life, as well as his blunt presentation towards his son. Little details make it clear that the narrator is a woman, and that's okay. The chaotic ending reminded me of Zadie Smith's formula. Lastly, and this is silly - I saw Jim Broadbent as Major Pettigrew. Masterpiece Theater is calling!

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Oct 13, 2013
  • Sansha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book.

Sep 11, 2013
  • GLNovak rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a lovely story of an older retired military man living in his ancestral home in rural England, and how he deals with a very eventful year. His ordered comfortable life is disrupted when his brother dies, and things just keep going badly. He must deal with each issue using his lifelong set of principles, even though his decisions put him in conflict with his family, his neighbours and the villagers. Sounds very heavy but the tone of the writing is light and in parts quite humorous. His bewilderment at times is very endearing and I found myself rooting for him to come out all right. His resolve carries him, and the excellent writing carries us.

Aug 29, 2013
  • raydat51 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I'm puzzled by the reviews that love the book but seem to treat it in the mode of Jane Austen. This book is notable on so many levels and I find a new one each time I look at it again. First, this is a realistic friendship and then love relationship that develops between to mature adults who have experienced life, loss and sorrow and the scars left behind. I found it lovely and unexpected. Second, this is an interracial love story, with prejudice to spare on both sides of the relationship. Both characters need to learn to throw off their own reticence to rock the boat and strive for happiness. The major, in particular, comes to rethink his value system. Third, the relationships of parent to child are well developed, including the subconscious tendency of children to begin thinking of their parents as boring old farts and their astonishment when they turn out to be very much alive with desires of their own. I loved this book. It is wise, which can't be said of literature often enough.

Aug 26, 2013
  • calvoer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ernest Pittigrew, 68-year-old retired British military who has for his entire life stood for honor, decency, and duty, is increasingly dismayed to witness his fellow villagers—whether English, Pakistani, or American-- throwing it all under the bus as they jockey for social standing and financial advantage while laughing at his stubborn efforts to maintain standards. Even his son is a disappointment. But the Major is nothing if not courageous, and he dares not just to love again, but also to reach across a racial and class divide in his “last stand.” An old fashioned, witty, well-written 1st novel that I think Jane Austen might have liked.

Jun 09, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Move over Barbara Pym and Jane Austen, there's a new keen observer of the eccentricities, pettiness and pure pleasures of life in town. A delightful old army man, widowed and at a bit of a loss, finds himself enamoured of the well-read South Asian shopkeeper in the village. Set firmly in modern England, surrounded by tradition, family obligation and history, the characters muddle their way through this comedy of manners with a romantic twist.

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Jan 30, 2011
  • louise_claire rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Romance of a very English retired Major and a Pakistani shopkeeper in a small English village. Likeable characters, although some rather caricatured. Gentle humour. The plot is a bit thin with some unlikely events and the pace rather slow in the middle section.

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Dec 19, 2010
  • rulib rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Helen Simonson talks about Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

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