Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

A Novel

Book - 2010
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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?
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400068937
Branch Call Number: F Sim


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Aug 24, 2018

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

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.

Aug 08, 2017

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

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!

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.

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.

May 06, 2016

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

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.

Feb 26, 2016

Oh my, this book had me from the first page. So charming and refreshingly free of bad language and tons of gratuitous sex. Just delightful. I highly recommend it!

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Aug 06, 2016

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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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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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