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When I hear character driven novel I usually oll my eyes I expect navel gazing and lots of exploration of self and it comes a bit too close to self help for my tastes But Simonson gets it absolutely ight in Major PettigrewReading about a 68 year old widowed etired Major in a sleepy English village is not necessarily a draw for most eaders but there s an alchemy in the way the characters are written Every single character in this book feels eal and genuine Some start off as stereotypes but few of them emain that way and you don t have to wait for the end of the book to discover their layers Within a handful of pages you start getting bits of personality that make the characters jump to life They e all incredibly enjoyable I m usually someone who likes adventure stories One of the frustrating books I have ever ead Some good writing but with terrible characters and dodgy plotting an infuriating combinationThe author can turn a nice phrase But the Major excepted the characters are terrible I know so little about Mrs Ali which is a shame she seemed like she must have been a hell of a ladyThe son Roger is particularly weak he s a complete cartoon Ooh a shallow young man who condescends to and fails to understand his dad Really Let me guess Does he work in finance Why yes Is he self absorbed ambitious but not very bright and tactless Check check check Does he favor inappropriately flashy clothes and dumb easily mockable modern decor Of course he does I shouldn t be able to predict every single aspect of a character s behavior but I wasThere were similar problems with the plot There were several scenes where I thought Oh BS The author has no idea about this A lot of the gun stuff specifically and people s behavior at a hunt was simply not credible It took me a while to finish this because I kept thinking Oh I should ead of that but I don t wanna After a while I d get brave and pick it up and sure enough soon I d be chuckling or saying Oh that s nice to a specific line But boy it felt long Meh 4550This is the perfect book to ead be. You are about to travel to Edgecombe St Mary a small village in the English countryside filled with olling hills thatched cottages and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew etired the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut Wry courtly opinionated and completely endearing Major Pettigrew is.
Fore bedtime 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 One to turn the lights off with a smile and a thought to slumber byMajor Pettigrew is a 67 year old English widower who is trying to navigate the growing changes in the world the dearth of discipline the turning tide of etiuette the lack of loyalties 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 He is truly the star of this story He becomes as dear to the eader as a beloved yet eccentric uncle wouldMrs Ali is a kind generous Pakistani widow who owns and uns the small convenience store down the street from Major Pettigrew As she struggles to maintain her individuality as a worthwhile woman while adhering to the pressures of her fundamentalist Muslim family she finds a friend and soul mate in the kind uiet man of Mr PettigrewTheir journey through the strict confines of both societies the prejudices of a enlightened generation as well as their own insecurities and natures to find happiness is written to perfection Truly a gem of a story If you are looking for something to ead that is delightful charming with many layers of depth this is a book you will love Although it takes place in England this novel is not specifically about the geography of the land or the people of that geography It is much universal than thatIt is a story about omance but it isn t a omance novel It is a story about family but it isn t a family saga It is a story that deals with eligion politics ace elations and other sensitive topics but without proselytizing Everything fits together traditions values ebellion challenges and creates a story that is both timely and very ealI loved the characters in this book even the ones who weren t lovable The plot and sub plots kept me turning pages and wishing I had time each day to devote to devouring each chapter This bo. One of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction and from the very first page of this emarkable novel he will steal your heartThe Major leads a uiet life valuing the proper 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
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Ok and the characters in it affected me deeply and they were a eminder for me of the joys of eadingThere were so many little nuggets of wit and wisdom within these pages that I had to stop writing them all down in favour of being one with the flow of the writing It is a are and wonderful experience to feel completely included within a novel This one held me close through the enchantment of a wonderful story and excellent writingIf you have yet to ead this book I am happy to ecommend it with enthusiasm and confidence I can t imagine anyone whose life would not be touched in some way by the story and the writing Whoever ead my Olive Kitteridge ant probably knows that I am not much into eading books about old people Major Pettigrew s Last Stand however proves that any book about any subject matter or any type of characters can become a great experience if written well This novel is essentially a love story between a 68 year old etired Major Ernest Pettigrew and a 58 year old Pakistani shop keeper Mrs Ali brought together by their loneliness and love of literature Yes it doesn t sound very exciting and yet it is an absolutely charming story Set in modern England it encompasses many facets of British life clashes and frictions between generations social classes eligions and cultures all portrayed from the POV of an aging conservative and very proper man who because of his late love finds himself compelled to face many issues he preferred to avoid or overlook in the past English Pakistani elationships take a center stage in this novel and are written in a particularly tactful and insightful way without sugar coating the difficult colonial past of both countries and prejudices that exist up to this day The writing style deserves special mention Not only the novel is never boring but it is written with an Austen like elegant humor which I don t come across very often in contemporary literature I highly ecommend this novel to anyone interested in a cozy ead set in a tiny English village populated by colorful tea drinking character. Rom the village Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their espective spouses the Major and Mrs Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something But village society insists on embracing him as the uintessential local and her as the permanent foreigner Can their elationship survive the isks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and traditio.
Helen Simonson was born in England and spent her teenage years in a small village in East Sussex 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 A longtime resident of Brooklyn she is married with two sons Her debut novel Major Pettigrew's Last Stand was a NY