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Thorndike Paperback Bestsellers: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (Paperback)

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Originally published: New York: Random House, c2010.

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Originally published: New York: Random House, c2010.Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

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Language
English
Series Title
Thorndike Paperback Bestsellers
Publisher
Gale Cengage
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
585
Author
Helen Simonson
Is Large Print
Y
Title
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
ISBN-13
9781594134449
Publication Date
December, 2010
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.40 x 5.60 x 1.30 Inches
ISBN-10
1594134448

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Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
An engaging tale of th...
An engaging tale of the struggle of living life when everyone is watching you and everyone has an opinion. An unexpected friendship develops between Major Pettigrew (retired)and Mrs Ali, village shopkeeper - and people talk. Mixed in are the complications of the lives and loves of the Majors son and Mrs Ali's nephew. A story of love against tradition, told with humour and colour.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
I know, I know, I know...
I know, I know, I know...call me a cynic. Are you telling me that in 2010 this level of snobbery and bigotry exists as is presented in this novel? Perhaps if the setting were 50 years ago, I would buy it. I wish I could relax and enjoy the witty bantering of these genteel people, but to me it is so outdated and moldy. I love and expect English phrases that begin "Look here,..." and "I say,..." from favorite authors like E.M. Forster, but here I can't accept the authenticity of these characters. I see that this novel is adored by many, but it is not to my taste.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
An engaging tale of th...
An engaging tale of the struggle of living life when everyone is watching you and everyone has an opinion. An unexpected friendship develops between Major Pettigrew (retired)and Mrs Ali, village shopkeeper - and people talk. Mixed in are the complications of the lives and loves of the Majors son and Mrs Ali's nephew. A story of love against tradition, told with humour and colour.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
I know, I know, I know...
I know, I know, I know...call me a cynic. Are you telling me that in 2010 this level of snobbery and bigotry exists as is presented in this novel? Perhaps if the setting were 50 years ago, I would buy it. I wish I could relax and enjoy the witty bantering of these genteel people, but to me it is so outdated and moldy. I love and expect English phrases that begin "Look here,..." and "I say,..." from favorite authors like E.M. Forster, but here I can't accept the authenticity of these characters. I see that this novel is adored by many, but it is not to my taste.
An engaging tale of the struggle of living life when everyone is watching you and everyone has an opinion. An unexpected friendship develops between Major Pettigrew (retired)and Mrs Ali, village shopkeeper - and people talk. Mixed in are the complications of the lives and loves of the Majors son and Mrs Ali's nephew. A story of love against tradition, told with humour and colour.
I know, I know, I know...call me a cynic. Are you telling me that in 2010 this level of snobbery and bigotry exists as is presented in this novel? Perhaps if the setting were 50 years ago, I would buy it. I wish I could relax and enjoy the witty bantering of these genteel people, but to me it is so outdated and moldy. I love and expect English phrases that begin "Look here,..." and "I say,..." from favorite authors like E.M. Forster, but here I can't accept the authenticity of these characters. I see that this novel is adored by many, but it is not to my taste.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

An engaging tale of th...

An engaging tale of the struggle of living life when everyone is watching you and everyone has an opinion. An unexpected friendship develops between Major Pettigrew (retired)and Mrs Ali, village shopkeeper - and people talk. Mixed in are the complications of the lives and loves of the Majors son and Mrs Ali's nephew. A story of love against tradition, told with humour and colour.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

I see no need to repea...

I see no need to repeat the plot since almost every one does that. I will put this as one of my favorite books of the recent years. After finishing it I wanted to read it again because I feel sure I missed one or more of the sardonic quips the Major and occasionally Mrs. Ali blurt out. I want to write some of these down and reread them if ever I need a lift! The cover was even more than meets the eye at first glance. It was far better than any of the recommendations lead me to expect especially when they used phrases like "little love story" on the cover which made me put off reading this book for some time. Much better than 'delightful' by a long shot.

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Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

I am so glad I was cho...

I am so glad I was chosen to receive this book from Library Thing because it is exactly my kind of book. I thought the characters were just right. The Major and Mrs. Ali were loveable and you couldn't help but root for them. Descriptions of the dance had me laughing out loud! I could totally see this as a movie. I so love reading about just these kinds of places and situations. I felt like I do when reading a Roseamund Pilcher novel. It gives you a warm, safe feeling. For a first novel I think Helen Simonson did an excellent job and I look forward to anything else by this author. I would recommend this book to anyone because it kept me entertained, and left me wanting more which, in my opinion, is one of the "musts" when reading.

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Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

What an enjoyable book...

What an enjoyable book this is. It's the story of a retired English army officer who leads a quiet life as a proper Englishman, set in his ways, in a small village in the English countryside. Though Major Pettigrew is a stickler for convention, he is still likeable. After the unexpected death of his brother, he becomes friends with Mrs. Ali, a widowed local Pakistani shopkeeper, when he finds they have much in common. This is a very unconventional friendship in a society that thrives on thinking of itself as the privileged locals, and turns up its nose at 'foreigners'. The whole story charmingly and humorously details the budding romance of this older couple and tells how the two deal with the stodgy culture and traditions of the townsfolk and with the pressures of families who are slow to change from the way things have always been. The story equally pokes fun at the younger generation as well as the older, at the English as well as the Pakistani, and all in a lighthearted way. I can easily see it as one of those wonderful British TV series on public television.

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Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Major Pettigrew is a r...

Major Pettigrew is a retired widower of about 68 who lives in Edgecombe St. Mary, a small quaint village in Southern England. His only son, Roger is around 30 and lives in London and is almost the complete opposite of the Major in principles, manners, ambitions and opinions. At best, the Major and his son have a very strained relationship. The Major begins to develop a friendship with the female owner of the village shop, who is a widower of Pakistani origins, Mrs. Jasmina Ali. Needless to say their relationship causes quite a stir in the neighborhood that seems to be full of women gossips with a bit of racial bigotry. As the Major and Mrs. Ali's relationship turns from friendship to something more they have to decide if their differences in culture and religion can be overcome in order to make a life together. I had heard a lot of good talk about this book and I was looking forward to reading it. For the most part I found it extremely funny and at times very sweet. The Major is a wonderful hero; witty, kind, opinionated and with a strong love of literature. I think this makes him very endearing to readers. Helen Simonson provides readers with a very strong picture of the Major almost from our first meeting and keeps this impression of him as the story progresses. I also found the writing to be extremely witty, with a bit of subtle satire mixed in, and for the most part the story flows well. I have read other reviews where people found the village to be a bit over the top with their prejudices and narrow mindedness. I can see their point but I think for the most part it the story is handled very well and I think the author was trying to achieve a certain point of satire in the story so that is why she played this up. Also, Major Pettigrew is around the same age as my own parents and I can see some of their characteristics in him and to some extent some of the other figures in the story. My own father especially can at times be rather narrow minded and I always call him out on this. The only problem I had with the story is the last 100 pages or so I thought the story got borderline cheesy and I found it to be not as funny or flow as well as some of the other parts of the story. Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable read.

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