Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

A Novel

Book - 2011 | Random House Trade Paperback edition.
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Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, the Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honour, 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 from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and regarding her as the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2011.
Edition: Random House Trade Paperback edition.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 368 p. ;,21 cm.

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FPL_ElizabethC Mar 05, 2021

In a small English village, widower Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) develops an interest in widow Mrs. Jasmina Ali, a Pakistani shopkeeper. In this delightful comedy of manners, their courtship is not only complicated by cultural differences, family expectations and community busybodies, but issues of racism and classism. Highly recommended as a gentle read with substance.

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2greyts
Feb 26, 2021

Helen Simonson’s first book. Major Pettigrew is a delightful man with a crisp wit, a true sense of moral outrage and the enviable ability to understand both sides of a situation. This was my second reading. Not sorry.

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firebird770
Jan 13, 2021

Thoroughly enjoyed the storyline although the wording and detail were at times lengthy and found myself refocusing quite often in order to get through quite a lengthy read.

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xiaojunbpl12
Mar 09, 2020

English country living in modern time, with traditional ways, e.g. the English house (cottage, manor, garden, cabin), golf, shooting game, country club (ball, feast), etc., detailed and enlivened in amusing narrations and witty repartee.
Aside from the leading man and woman - winkled love birds, Grace and Sandy surprised me in author's smart depiction. Twin Churchill's fate, in contrast with a predictable fate of the romance, manifest the moral, rather than dwelling on a disappointment.
A few exaggerations are not in sync with my sensibility though, I resonate with the clashes of race, religion, material wealth, property, class.

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AaronAardvark1940
Feb 21, 2020

Overcoming racism in modern England. For background, try Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown. Although this book has ethnic Pakistanis as the objects of disrespect, Rushdie delves more thoroughly into the problems of empire, whether political or religious.

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thawkins85
Feb 11, 2020

reference by julia spencer fleming

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SKM2
Jan 03, 2020

Charming and very sweet book. Good to know chivalry isn’t dead!

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Einer2
Sep 06, 2019

I guess this is a book that you love or dislike based on the many reviews. Put me in the like very much camp. If you love the English wit and propriety it will entertain you. Agree that it would make a great Masterpiece Theater piece.

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kleask1986
May 13, 2019

Alcona Caledona

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EPool_Lib
Feb 14, 2019

After a promising first chapter, I read two more ... and quit. Totally predictable.

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firebird770
Jan 13, 2021

He could not remember any other place to which he had any attachment at all. The world seemed to have shrunk to fit quite perfectly inside the room.

He wondered whether it was his fault. Roger had the perceptiveness of concrete.

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bbock291
Aug 06, 2016

(Pettigrew is talking with Mrs. Ali about a proposed housing development for the rich.)

"...Makes me feel old and foolish." He said. "I assumed progress couldn't touch our little corner of the world."

"It's not about progress. It's about greed."

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bbock291
Aug 06, 2016

bbock291 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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louise_claire
Jan 30, 2011

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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