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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 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 order As prescribed by his military past everything should be ordered strictly predictable and well staunchly traditional as honor and duty and his family s good name demands His soft side his love for his deceased wife Nancy is totally private That s expected His village Edgecombe St Mary somewhere in the south of England is like him Nothing happens and it keeps on not happening forever Change comes slowly and superficially most of the timeBut then his brother Bertie dies and just as he ends the telephone call bringing the news Mrs Jamina Ali of the grocery store knocks on his door She is the first to notice his strictly controlled sorrow over the death of his last family member in his own generation Apart from sharing his love for books she also understands his feeling of loss She is Pakistani without family without her deceased husband and no children Nothing better can kick start a friendship between two lonely people who feel left out from the world out thereOf course it won t happen without kicking and screaming Daisy the Vicar s wife will lead the open revolt against a disruption of orderly segregation in the village Nose uppity with a lady band of followers she will strain against the winds of change threatening the laid back deliciously and proper British institutions Oh she worries about everyone so much you know said the Vicar She has such a big heart The Major looked at him astonished Such touching delusion must underlie many otherwise inexplicable marriages he thought and liked Christopher the Vicar all the better for loving his wifeTo top it all off Major Pettigrew s son Roger drops a bombshell with introducing his new girlfriend an American oh dear yes to the poor man A loud mouth American developer Ferguson moves in for a property development kill Jamina s newphew the scowling frowning strict Muslim follower Abdul Wahid moves into her home and shop an annual costume ball themed in honor of the Major s deceased father who fought in India is organized in the golf club with its own microcosmos of rules and regulations and it is evident that something s gotta give The caterers will have to be Pakistani yes Now how do you invite a few of them without allowing them membership to the exclusive club view spoiler The Major knew even as he witnessed the event that he would be pressed later to relay the details of the fight that now erupted He saw a short man with large feet shove Abdul Wahid who fell against one of the waiters He saw another waiter slap a male dancer across the face with his white arm towel as if to challenge him to a duel He heard Daisy green call out somewhat hoarsely People please remain civilized as a riot erupted in the middle of the dance floor Things became a blur as women screamed men shouted and bodies hurled themselves at one another only to crash to the ground There was much ineffectual thumping of backs and indiscriminate kickingAs the music segued into an even raucous tune the Major was astonished to see a large drunken guest whip off his turban hand his hooka pipes to his girlfriend and throw himself across the heaving mass of assailants as if it were all a game The Vicar waded in to grab him by the trousers but was kicked backward and fell on Alma He became entangled in her green sari in a way that made Mortimer Teale look uite jealous and was rescued by Alex Shaw he dragged them behind the bar which Lord Dagenham and Ferguson seemed to have commanded as if for a siege hide spoiler The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox 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 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 order As prescribed by his military past everything should be ordered strictly predictable and well staunchly traditional as honor and duty and his family s good name demands His soft side his love for his deceased wife Nancy is totally private That s expected His village Edgecombe St Mary somewhere in the south of England is like him Nothing happens and it keeps on not happening forever Change comes slowly and superficially most of the timeBut then his brother Bertie dies and just as he ends the telephone call bringing the news Mrs Jamina Ali of the grocery store knocks on his door She is the first to notice his strictly controlled sorrow over the death of his last family member in his own generation Apart from sharing his love for books she also The Illusionists understands his feeling of loss She is Pakistani without family without her deceased husband and no children Nothing better can kick start a friendship between two lonely people who feel left out from the world out thereOf course it won t happen without kicking and screaming Daisy the Vicar s wife will lead the open revolt against a disruption of orderly segregation in the village Nose Planet of the Bugs uppity with a lady band of followers she will strain against the winds of change threatening the laid back deliciously and proper British institutions Oh she worries about everyone so much you know said the Vicar She has such a big heart The Major looked at him astonished Such touching delusion must Fishes of the Open Ocean underlie many otherwise inexplicable marriages he thought and liked Christopher the Vicar all the better for loving his wifeTo top it all off Major Pettigrew s son Roger drops a bombshell with introducing his new girlfriend an American oh dear yes to the poor man A loud mouth American developer Ferguson moves in for a property development kill Jamina s newphew the scowling frowning strict Muslim follower Abdul Wahid moves into her home and shop an annual costume ball themed in honor of the Major s deceased father who fought in India is organized in the golf club with its own microcosmos of rules and regulations and it is evident that something s gotta give The caterers will have to be Pakistani yes Now how do you invite a few of them without allowing them membership to the exclusive club view spoiler The Major knew even as he witnessed the event that he would be pressed later to relay the details of the fight that now erupted He saw a short man with large feet shove Abdul Wahid who fell against one of the waiters He saw another waiter slap a male dancer across the face with his white arm towel as if to challenge him to a duel He heard Daisy green call out somewhat hoarsely People please remain civilized as a riot erupted in the middle of the dance floor Things became a blur as women screamed men shouted and bodies hurled themselves at one another only to crash to the ground There was much ineffectual thumping of backs and indiscriminate kickingAs the music segued into an even raucous tune the Major was astonished to see a large drunken guest whip off his turban hand his hooka pipes to his girlfriend and throw himself across the heaving mass of assailants as if it were all a game The Vicar waded in to grab him by the trousers but was kicked backward and fell on Alma He became entangled in her green sari in a way that made Mortimer Teale look Out of Bounds (Boundaries, uite jealous and was rescued by Alex Shaw he dragged them behind the bar which Lord Dagenham and Ferguson seemed to have commanded as if for a siege hide spoiler

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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. 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 old retired Major Ernest Pettigrew and a 58 year old Pakistani shop keeper Mrs Ali brought together by their loneliness and love of literature Yes it doesn t sound very exciting and yet it is an absolutely charming story Set in modern England it encompasses many facets of British life clashes and frictions between generations social classes religions and cultures all portrayed from the POV of an aging conservative and very proper man who because of his late love finds himself compelled to face many issues he preferred to avoid or overlook in the past English Pakistani relationships take a center stage in this novel and are written in a particularly tactful and insightful way without sugar coating the difficult colonial past of both countries and prejudices that exist up to this day The writing style deserves special mention Not only the novel is never boring but it is written with an Austen like elegant humor which I don t come across very often in contemporary literature I highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in a cozy read set in a tiny English village populated by colorful tea drinking characters Beyond the Pale unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut Wry courtly opinionated and completely endearing Major Pettigrew is. 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 old retired Major Ernest Pettigrew and a 58 year old Pakistani shop keeper Mrs Ali brought together by their loneliness and love of literature Yes it doesn t sound very exciting and yet it is an absolutely charming story Set in modern England it encompasses many facets of British life clashes and frictions between generations social classes religions and cultures all portrayed from the POV of an aging conservative and very proper man who because of his late love finds himself compelled to face many issues he preferred to avoid or overlook in the past English Pakistani relationships take a center stage in this novel and are written in a particularly tactful and insightful way without sugar coating the difficult colonial past of both countries and prejudices that exist The Black Ice Score (Parker, up to this day The writing style deserves special mention Not only the novel is never boring but it is written with an Austen like elegant humor which I don t come across very often in contemporary literature I highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in a cozy read set in a tiny English village populated by colorful tea drinking characters

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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


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 widower retired army officer and pillar of the community in his small English town He is set in his ways tea with acuaintances shooting parties with friends reticence at all times But the Major's life starts fallin

  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 6

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    If you are looking for something to read that is delightful charming with many layers of depth this is a book you will love Although it takes

  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 sigh kind One to turn the lights off with a smile and a thought to slumber byMajor Pettigrew is a 67 year old En

  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 order As pre

  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 terrible I know so little about Mrs Ali which is a shame; she seemed like she must have been a hell of a ladyT

  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 auth

  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 come

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