Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

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With characters that have depth and heart, and a charming, endearing love story, it is easy to care, and thus to become involved, and ultimately, to enjoy. He seems very judgmental of others, but ends up enjoying the company of a woman of Pakistani ancestry in spite of himself. Simonson was born in East Sussex but has spent two decades in the United States, a stint that has only heightened her ability to make jokes about American excesses as they are registered by Major Pettigrew.

Their mutual appreciation of good manners, literature and their quaint village make them an obvious match. I’m embarrassed to be so enthusiastic about it because it is actually a romance novel which is a genre I usually steer clear of. He opens the door and casts a tearful eye on the dignified, elegant, foreign-looking woman who will win his heart. Helen Simonson is a wonderful story teller, builds believable and lovable characters and uses her knowledge of British society to add spice to the telling.As the realities of 2010 Britain creep relentlessly into a village stuck in a time warp of Empire and English superiority, the character of the characters in each group is revealed.

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 another waiter slap a male dancer across the face with his white arm towel, as if to challenge him to a duel. Major Ernest Pettigrew is perfectly content to lead a quiet life in the sleepy village of Edgecombe St Mary, away from the meddling of the locals and his overbearing son. Since these two are not strangers, they cannot be experiencing love at first sight, even if discreet sparks fly between them. He worked as a schoolteacher but chose to retire “the same year that the school allowed movies to be listed in the bibliographies of literary essays.

Taking place in a small pastoral town in the English countryside, this book features the unlikely " golden years" romance of Major Pettigrew a staunch believer in retaining the decorum of a proper Englishman and Mrs. The perfect gentleman, but the most unlikely hero, the Major must ask himself what matters most: family obligation, tradition or love? Such diversions are generally welcome and it was with great expectations that I opened the first novel by a transplanted Brit Helen Simonson, who sought to occupy her time as "a stay-at-home mother in Brooklyn [and her former:] busy advertising job" in creative writing programs.A graduate of the London School of Economics with an MFA from Stony Brook Southampton, she is a former travel advertising executive who has lived in America for almost three decades. is a stickler for protocol; a man set in his routine in both action and philosophy, although he is not without the occasional witty retort. A melee between families and the local snob society break out at a Club sponsored dance where feelings were hurt and romances ebbed.

The cover says quite a lot about its genre, and mostly I think it is signalling mature women’s chicklit (which I have tongue-in-cheek referred to as ‘henlit’ before now). I thoroughly enjoyed this, stiff-upper lip, English countryside, slow burn love story of two widowed people. Mi s-a parut exact personajul excentric, de genul lui Ove, Britt Marie sau Eleanor Oliphant, fara a avea insa umorul lor.A retired widower, Major Pettigrew, late of the British Army, is proud of his family's illustrious history and is a bit of an throw back to the polite, rather stuffy gentlemen of earlier times. 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. During the Major's attendance at his brother's funeral and during his mourning time, he becomes attracted to an Indian widow, Mrs. In a graceful, perceptive way we are all confronted with our own memories of good things dwindling fast as our way of communication is changing. 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.

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