Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Large Print - 2010
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Welcome to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills and thatched cottages. There Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life valuing the things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea. But then his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. (Bestseller)
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2010
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410427526
1410427528
9781594134449
Branch Call Number: LT FICTION SIMON...H
Characteristics: 587 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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One of my favorite books from this year. The story of an unlikely friendship between retired Major Pettigrew and Mrs. Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper, in rural England. They are brought together by a shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses – first, with friendship, and then perhaps moving toward something more. Although the Major was actually born in Lahore, and Mrs. Ali was born in Cambridge, he is treated as the local, while she is seen as the foreigner. A wonderful and heartwarming book. (submitted by SB)

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DPL_Bellringer61
Aug 24, 2018

Delightful read! The character and plot development will keep most any reader engaged.

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Lilybug062
May 25, 2018

Another Gem !

PerthEastLibrary Feb 28, 2018

Perth East Public Library Evening Book Club thoroughly enjoyed this British novel. The consensus was that the author followed a typical British novel format (military, aristocrat, small village setting, etc.) but that the story was light-hearted while touching on some very important social issues present today. Ratings from club members ranged from 2 out of 5 stars to 5 out of 5. Overall it was a good read and inspired some lively conversation.

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glotet
Aug 08, 2017

A story with depth and a powerful ending.
Hopeful that Ms. Simonson is working on a third novel.

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QueenSheba_0
Apr 13, 2017

File this one under "charm" and "delight." This novel tells the story of a British widower in his retirement years, wondering how he will fill the rest of his life. He connects with a village shopkeeper who is a Muslim and a widow. The two are both avid readers and have much in common but it's not clear if they will be able to overcome the cultural obstacles that conspire to keep them apart. Read this one slowly to enjoy the subtle language, sly humor, and pictures of life in a British village. And be patient with the fact that the action starts out slow. Your patience will be rewarded!

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sgcf
Mar 30, 2017

This English comedy of manners swept me away with its romantic and comedic flair. The author develops a wry sense of the outlandish in her well-developed stock characters and their self-absorbed world, but it’s done with charm and pokerfaced humour that had me guffawing out loud. That’s not to negate the issues that the story also tackles – traditionalist values vs modernization, racism, gossip/slander – Simonson’s writing has huge heart. A wonderful blend of entertainment and intelligent contemplation.

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Estha
Oct 27, 2016

I found Simonson's latest book on a "books to read" list and started with this one. It's a story of 2 older people finding love in the midst of family and community disapproval. The plot twists keep it interesting and the Major's wit made it a fun read.

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carol507
May 06, 2016

Too many characters - hard to keep everyone straight - couldn't get thru' the book

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SoftFire
Apr 18, 2016

Save for the abrupt departure from the rest of the story toward the end, the book was simply brilliant. Very English. And there was a lot to think about in the subtle prejudices people incorporate in their daily lives without thinking themselves in the least bit prejudice.

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Aug 06, 2016

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louise_claire
Jan 30, 2011

Romance of a very English retired Major and a Pakistani shopkeeper in a small English village. Likeable characters, although some rather caricatured. Gentle humour. The plot is a bit thin with some unlikely events and the pace rather slow in the middle section.

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bbock291
Aug 06, 2016

(Pettigrew is talking with Mrs. Ali about a proposed housing development for the rich.)

"...Makes me feel old and foolish." He said. "I assumed progress couldn't touch our little corner of the world."

"It's not about progress. It's about greed."

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