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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel (utgåvan 2010)

av Helen Simonson

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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?… (mer)
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Titel:Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel
Författare:Helen Simonson
Info:Random House (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 368 pages
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Wonderful! Great characters and a highly entertaining story! Loved it. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
Probably more of a 2.5 star book for me. A solid meh. ( )
  curious_squid | Apr 5, 2021 |
So, that really wasn't my sort of a book. ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
You wonder about these characters in the beginning but gradually the reader begins to care and worry about where life will take them. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is a delightful book about manners, class structure, and village life, both positive and negative.

This is a story about Major Pettigrew, a retired military Major who lives a quiet life in his small English Village. When the owner of the local convenience store helps him after his brother dies, a relationship begins, starting a chain of events that shows Major Pettigrew who his friends are, and what is he willing to take a stand on.

This book is basically about culture - with the culture of the small English village and compared to the culture of the Pakistani family, showing both the good, and the bad.

The ending seemed a bit out character for Major Pettigrew, and too much was happening. I quieter ending would have been more appropriate.

Its a beautifully written story, with great characters, and a great plot. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Sep 24, 2020 |
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Simonson .. is having a great time with her first novel. She is unsparing in her willingness to send up her characters and their little village, and she is often downright funny – that intelligent kind of funny that catches readers by surprise and makes them re-read a sentence several times to figure out how the author managed to make them laugh out loud so unexpectedly.The book is almost always pitch-perfect in its demonstration of how ridiculous our small ignorances can be – and how magnificent we are when we rise above them.
 
This thoroughly charming novel wraps Old World sensibility around a story of multicultural conflict involving two widowed people who assume they're done with love. The result is a smart romantic comedy about decency and good manners in a world threatened by men's hair gel, herbal tea and latent racism..When depicted by the right storyteller, the thrill of falling in love is funnier and sweeter at 60 than at 16. The stakes are higher, after all, and the lovers have stored up decades of peculiarities and anxieties
 
As with the polished work of Alexander McCall Smith, there is never a dull moment but never a discordant note either. Still, this book feels fresh despite its conventional blueprint. Its main characters are especially well drawn, and Ms. Simonson makes them as admirable as they are entertaining. They are traditionally built, and that’s not just Mr. McCall Smith’s euphemism. It’s about intelligence, heart, dignity and backbone. “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” has them all.
 

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Major Pettigrew was still upset about the phone call from his brother's wife and so he answered the doorbell without thinking.
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He finished his tea and rose from the table to go to his room. "But I must ask you, do you really understand what it means to be in love with an unsuitable woman?" "My dear boy," said the Major. "Is there really any other kind?"
"Careful, careful," he said, feeling a splash of scalding tea on his wrist. "Passion is all very well, but it wouldn't do to spill the tea."
Too few people today appreciate and pursue the delights of civilized culture for their own sake.
The stems were as unpleasant as rusty wire and the leaves curled and crisped, but the flowers, as big as tea plates, shone like claret-colored velvet against the old brick wall. (P. 110) ISBN 978-0-8129-8122-3
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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?

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