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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (1938)

av Winifred Watson

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Miss Pettigrew, a governess looking for work, is sent by mistake to the home of Delysia LaFosse, a glamorous nightclub singer involved with three different men and is invited to stay after offering Miss LaFosse common sense advice about her love life.
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This is quite simply one of the happiest books I have ever read. I skipped through it (and skipping is exactly the word to use here) with a smile on my face and joy in my heart. It has the spirit of one of those marvellous Hollywood comedies that featured Cary Grant & Katherine Hepburn or a Fred & Ginger musical extravaganza. The characters are so wonderfully and expertly drawn you instantly know who to like and who is a bounder.everything fizzes and sparkles and makes us whisk we could have a day just like Miss Pettigrew in our lives. I may have to read it again immediately. ( )
  Patsmith139 | Mar 15, 2021 |
For what is apparently a "forgotten novel of the 1930s" this was actually a charming read. I've seen the film (and also liked it), so my perspective is a bit biased, but I don't normally find such frivolous feminine novels this appealing. The characters are usually insipid - and poorly written at that - but Miss Pettigrew is instantly heartwarming and hilarious, and her encouragment of the silly female characters prompts them to reveal more positive personality attributes.

Having read quite a few of the more modern chick lit books (what, I get tired of reading nothing but legitimate fiction), it's pretty clear that novels like Miss Pettigrew were the transition between the first female-inspired books and the modern ones. Jane Austen's fiesty female protagonists are transplanted to the glamourous 30s, and then travelled on to populate books like Candance Bushnell's Sex and the City. The question is, where will they go next? ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
Miss Pettigrew, an approaching-middle-age governess, was accustomed to a household of unruly English children. When her employment agency sends her to the wrong address, her life takes an unexpected turn. The alluring nightclub singer, Delysia LaFosse, becomes her new employer, and Miss Pettigrew encounters a kind of glamour that she had only met before at the movies. Over the course of a single day, both women are changed forever.

I got this just as the film had been announced (although I have still to see it). This is the tale of the Miss Pettigrew, a middle aged spinster who is treated to an experience of how the other half live when she is accidentally sent to apply for a job at the wrong address. She is then adopted by beautiful nightclub singer Miss LaFosse and this book covers the 24 hours after her arrival at the flat.

Miss Pettigrew is somewhat out of her depth, being presented with situations that she has no experience of or able to give advice. However, her silence and stoic behaviour make other people make their own decisions (which should had been made years before had they simply had the nerve).
  nordie | Jan 30, 2021 |
Today I'd like to talk about Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson. [A/N: A little over 10 years ago a film based on the book was released with Amy Adams and Frances McDormand so you may be familiar with the plot.] The story follows Miss Pettigrew who is a down-on-her-luck governess looking for work. It seems that life has only been full of disappointments and drudgery for this single lady so when she glimpses an opportunity to escape her mundane existence she grabs it. Can you blame her? While she's been a straitlaced genteel sort of person her whole life, Miss Pettigrew soon finds herself in surprisingly compromising situations when she enters the world of Delysia LaFosse. Not only is Miss LaFosse a Nightclub Singer but she's currently juggling 3 men without much success of permanent happiness. THREE MEN?! Miss Pettigrew is aghast and agog but she's also thoroughly enchanted and she soon decides that it is her duty to set Miss LaFosse on the right path and make her marry one of them. And she knows exactly which one that should be (and if you've watched the film you'll know he's played by Lee Pace so YES CORRECT CHOICE).

If you're looking for a funny story about a woman who decides to throw caution to the wind and really live for the first time in her life then this might be a great choice for you. It was a really quick and entertaining read overall but there are some questionable moments that pop up now and again re Jewish people and men abusing women. They crop up at the oddest moments without adding anything to the plot and in fact they make the reading experience somewhat jarring which knocks down the rating to a 6/10 for me. ( )
  AliceaP | Jan 13, 2021 |
A witty story set over 24 hours and said to be a 1938 reconstruction of Cinderella. Lighthearted yet with some serious undertones. A half-starved middle-aged spinster seeking a job is unintentionally led into a day-long adventure. The glitzy 1930s nightclub background was very well done, especially as Watson had never experienced the life herself. ( )
  VivienneR | Oct 25, 2020 |
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Miss Pettigrew pushed open the door of the employment agency and went in as the clock struck a quarter past nine.
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In a dull, miserable existence her one wild extravagance was her weekly orgy at the cinema, where for over two hours she lived in an enchanted world peopled by beautiful women, handsome heroes, fascinating villains, charming employers, and there were no bullying parents, no appalling offspring to tease, torment, terrify, harry her every waking hour.
What dangerous den of vice had she discovered? She must fly before she lost her virtue. Then her common sense unhappily reminded her that no one, now, would care to deprive her of that possession.
A knock on Miss LaFosse's door heralded adventure. It was not like an ordinary house, where the knocker would be the butcher, or baker or candlestick-maker. A knock on Miss LaFosse's door would mean excitement, drama, a new crisis to be dealt with. Oh, if only for once the Lord would be good and cause some miracle to happen to keep her here, to see for one day how life could be lived, so that for all the rest of her dull, uneventful days, when things grew bad, she could look back in her mind and dwell on the time when for one perfect day, she, Miss Pettigrew, lived.
All these years and she had never had the wicked thrill of powdering her nose. Others had experienced that joy. Never she. And all because she lacked courage. All because she had never thought for herself. Powder, thundered her father the curate, the road to damnation
She was not fifty yet, but some day she would be, with no home, no friends, no husband, no children. She had lived a life of spartan chastity and honour. She would still have no home or memories. Miss LaFosse would reach fifty some day. Suppose she reached it equally without home and friends. What then? How full would her memories be?
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