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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson is a charming, adorable, sweet story about two widowed residents of the small English village of Edgecombe St. Mary.  Major Pettigrew (68) is the quintessential British man-of-the-country, complete with strong ideas about duty, honor, family, village life, etiquette, and tea. Mrs. Ali (58) is a lovely, intellectual, Pakistani woman trying to preserve her life in the country against her late husband's family, who has very different ideas for her future.  When a small flicker of attraction blooms into a small romance between these two, it's sweet and innocent. They both look fondly back upon their respective previous marriages, and this lends itself to an understanding of how rare and lovely a perfect match can be. The Major suffers real angst in trying to navigate his way into this romance and still act within his own idea of what an honorable man is. The reader will truly cheer for these two characters and this charming little gem of a book. I applaud Helen Simonson on her very lovely first endeavor into literature: more, please!
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LiteraryOne, January 25, 2012 (view all comments by LiteraryOne)
I loved this book and my book group loved it too.

Major Pettigrew is a widower, no longer young, living in a small English town in the countryside. The Major is among the top members of the town's local Golf Club and social pecking order. The ladies of the Golf Club have made it their mission to attach him to one of their single friends. Various coy strategems ensue. Meanwhile, the Pakistani grocer in the local shop has also died and left his widow to run the shop on her own. The widow is very well educated and the Major finds he enjoys her company and they share a great deal in common. The climactic scene takes place at the Golf Club's annual gala. In addition to the gently comedic social situations, there are serious issues concerning the Major's relationship with his adult son, his memories of his own father's famous "last stand" and the widow's entrapment in her different cultural expectations.

A mostly gentle social satire, the book sometimes makes some sharp points about social class - and not only the English social classes, but the sometimes even more rigid class structures of other cultures - but also the power of family and the power of love. An intelligent and thoughtful novel, it's also a fun read with a varied group of wonderfully drawn characters.
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SE Cook, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by SE Cook)
This book, in my view, has the one essential quality that makes a good book...a good story, well told. It also manages to address some really important social questions into the bargain. And it is delightful, often displaying a wonderful, wry sense of humor. If you haven't read this...do. You'll be very glad you did.
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Kathryn Weiss, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Kathryn Weiss)
This book is as much fun as watching a PBS classic drama. Major Pettigrew is an unforgettable character. He's a man out of tune with modern day morality but he refuses to go gently into the night. Filled with humor and sharp observation,it's a great read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594134449
Author:
Simonson, Helen
Publisher:
Large Print Press
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
588
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson is a charming, adorable, sweet story about two widowed residents of the small English village of Edgecombe St. Mary.  Major Pettigrew (68) is the quintessential British man-of-the-country, complete with strong ideas about duty, honor, family, village life, etiquette, and tea. Mrs. Ali (58) is a lovely, intellectual, Pakistani woman trying to preserve her life in the country against her late husband's family, who has very different ideas for her future.  When a small flicker of attraction blooms into a small romance between these two, it's sweet and innocent. They both look fondly back upon their respective previous marriages, and this lends itself to an understanding of how rare and lovely a perfect match can be. The Major suffers real angst in trying to navigate his way into this romance and still act within his own idea of what an honorable man is. The reader will truly cheer for these two characters and this charming little gem of a book. I applaud Helen Simonson on her very lovely first endeavor into literature: more, please!

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