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El gran día de la señorita Pettigrew

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,391 Ratings  ·  1,266 Reviews
El título de esta encantadora novela alude a las veinticuatro horas más inolvidables en la vida de la señorita Pettigrew, una solterona pobre y sin nadie a quien recurrir. Su vida empezará a cambiar cuando, por un error de la agencia de contratación, empieza a trabajar para Delysia Lafosse, una glamurosa cabaretera que no hace más que meterse en líos. Contra todo pronóstic ...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published 2008 by Espasa (first published 1938)
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Paul Bryant
Nov 27, 2012 Paul Bryant rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
This sweet little cute little naughty little novel from 1938, with its nudity, its cocaine and its multiple sexual partners (all before page 20) unfortunately throws me into the old quandary which goes – what if you're in the middle of a grand evening with some of your best pals and you're as happy as Larry, whoever he was, having a great time, and then one of them out of the blue makes a racist remark?
What do you do? Stop the party? Denounce your friend? Turn a lovely evening into a memorable h
Jun 01, 2009 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book after having seen the movie and, as is so often the case, the book is much, much better than the film. While I enjoyed the movie very much, I loved this book and flew through it.

Miss Pettigrew has been repressed and oppressed and one day, after meeting Delysia LaFosse, throws her convictions to the wind and decides to enjoy herself. She has the best time of her life, makes tons of new friends, becomes a sort of "fixer" for Delysia and her degenerate crowd, earns the admiratio
Jan 03, 2015 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Highly Recommended

My Favorite Book read in 2014

Did you ever get 15 – 20 pages into a book, and your whole body starts to quiver slightly, because it starts to dawn on you that you MAY just be reading a 5 star book? And you glance at the clock, and do the math (it will take you x number of hours to read this book) and decide you’d better clear your calendar for the next day. And then a truly horrible thought leaps into your mind - that if you were a widow you would not have to stop reading this book in order to ma
A fairy tale for the faint-hearted.

The charming story of how young Winnie came to write a book claims that her first job didn't exactly tax her time, so she filled her empty work hours with novels. One of her sisters asked what she was reading, to which she replied that it was awful nonsense and she could do better herself; her brother-in-law told her to get on with it, then. Apparently she wrote the whole of her first novel in the mornings at work. (Where do such jobs still exist? I'll put in m
Rating Clarification: 3.5 Stars

This is a seriously old fashioned and charming adult fairy tale, and I mean that in the best way. Reading it is much like being transported into one of those classic black and white comedies starring Myrna Loy or Cary Grant; very stylish, slapdash and engaging, but with little substance. I feel that the recent movie adaptation added that much needed substance perfectly, which is why I'll classify the book version of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day much like I do for
Jun 20, 2016 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow... Full Review now up on my blog: https://wheretheresinktherespaper.wor...
Aug 16, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I hesitated over giving this book five stars. "It's fluff," I told myself. "This is not a Literary Masterpiece. It's a fun novel. It's frivolous. How can I give something so frivolous five stars?" I summed up the plot in my head to see if some Serious, Important aspect of the novel had slipped past my notice. It hadn't. The book was exactly as promised (in some review, somewhere, I'll find it later): a champagne comedy. Sweet, bubbly, light.

It was then that I recalled a similar description had b
Sep 16, 2008 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was supposed to be doing homework, but I chose to spend an hour finishing Miss Pettigrew instead. I regret nothing.
The book is charming, and so is the movie. See and read both versions for full appreciation - read the book because it's fun, silly, and just a nice read overall. This was chick lit before chick lit was even a real genre. If that makes sense at all. See the movie because Frances McDormand is Miss Pettigrew, and it is perfect. The film also features Lee Pace, aka Clive Owen's Hott
Oct 05, 2011 Kienie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel elated! All I wanted from life was a book about people whom I liked, people with whom I could possibly identify with. I wanted to look at a character and see their admirable qualities reflected in me. This is that book.
The movie is beautiful, sweet and romantic, ao I doubted the source material, especially given my recent experences. But oh, I was wrong! I should have trusted this author and this book.
This story is by a woman, about women and for women. It's empowering, and it lifted the
Apr 10, 2016 Sandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ed io che credevo di apprezzare lo humour inglese. Solo perché mi è piaciuto molto il film Un pesce di nome Wanda e perché mi sono divertita parecchio a leggere Tre uomini in barca pensavo che la lettura di “Un giorno di gloria per miss Pettigrew” mi avrebbe ugualmente deliziato. Invece è accaduto che miss Pettigrew mi è rimasta antipatica dalla prima pagina e l’antipatia è cresciuta a mano a mano che andavo avanti, una Cenerentola quarantenne che da istitutrice finisce ad entrare, casualmente, ...more
Jul 18, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Written in 1935 and originally published in 1937, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is set in a between-the-wars London that is a mixture of 1930's unemployment and a 1920's glamorous and free-wheeling lifestyle. Poor Miss Pettigrew, a "very bad" governess who is getting on in years, has one last chance to secure employment for herself before she loses her home and must rely on the workhouse to keep her alive. Chance brings her to the door of Miss Delysia LaFoss, a nightclub singer and 1920's style ...more
A metà strada tra favola e commedia degli equivoci, non posso proprio dire di aver apprezzato questo romanzo, perché non è il mio genere. Probabilmente rende di più come riduzione teatrale, se gli attori sono in gamba.
Elli (The Bibliophile)
This was such a cute, charming read! I really enjoyed reading this novel. I found it clever and funny and just very pleasant! I especially enjoyed the illustrations peppered throughout the story, I found they really added to the charm of the novel.

Katie Lumsden
Mar 12, 2016 Katie Lumsden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore this book. It was so utterly beautiful and lovely, one of those novels that takes such pleasure in life and really captures a sense of happiness and excitement at being alive. It was easy to read, full of lovable brilliant characters, hilarious and moving and just so darn good!
Aug 31, 2015 Alysia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a sweet and heart warming tale. A perfect break from all of the depressing books I've been reading recently.
Book Concierge
Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her luck, middle-aged governess – and not a very good one at that. Her last position has ended and she cannot make her rent. Her agency sends her on one last appointment, but when she arrives at the apartment she finds a nightclub singer rather than a family with children. The lovely Miss LaFosse, however, needs help – not with children but with the three (3!) men in her life; and Miss Pettigrew is just the sort of woman to take charge of the situation. What happens o ...more
Maya Siu
Mar 07, 2009 Maya Siu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, written in the 1930's, has the feeling of a great old movie: nostalgic, retro, and classic. The book follows Miss Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, as she is send by her governess agency to the wrong address to the home of night club singer/actress Delysia LaFosse, who is having some troubles keeping her head on straight and managing her three relationships. As the story unfolds, Miss Pettigrew fends off Delysia's many boyfriends, smokes cigars, gets a ma ...more
Nov 01, 2011 Miriam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, movie-link
This is another rare book where I prefer the movie. The prose is fun and easy to read, but I am glad that in the movie we don't get to hear Miss Pettigrew's thoughts, because I didn't like her character as much in the book. I do feel sorry for her because of her downtrodden existence, but she comes across as a sort of Forrest Gump character who manages to solve all sorts of problems by sheer accident, or by simply saying something when she isn't really sure what is going on. Also, the book is ti ...more
Belinda G
Sometimes, there is a moment in your life when a book collides with your emotions, and puts everything you’re feeling into some kind of gorgeous sense, and makes you feel even happier than you did to begin with. For me, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day was exactly that book. My picking it up coincided with one of the happiest weeks of my life, and I literally hugged the book when I finished it!

I finished this glorious novel in lightning speed, mostly because I HAD to find out what happened at the
May 13, 2008 GraceAnne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A charming bit of fluff, a period piece with the class blinders might one expect, utterly, utterly beguiling.
May 23, 2014 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arme Miss Pettigrew, als Gouvernante im London der 30er Jahre ist sie nicht wirklich zu gebrauchen und wenn sie bis zum nächsten Tag keine feste Anstellung hat, setzt ihre Vermieterin sie vor die Tür. Da führt sie das Schicksal, zu der lebensfrohen und verruchten Delysia LaFlosse und wie durch Zauberei wächst Miss Pettigrew über sich selbst hinaus und startet in den aufregendsten Tag ihres Lebens.
Wer sich nicht in Miss Pettigrew und ihre neue Freundin Miss LaFlosse verliebt hat das Träumen verle
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Feb 02, 2014 Serena.. Sery-ously? rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
L'ho comprato per il titolo.. e perché la Beat aveva il 25% di sconto.
Mai mai mai mi sarei aspettata di trovarmi di fronte ad un romanzo del 1937 e di amarlo così profondamente, tanto da sentirne la mancanza appena finito.. E' per questo che il libro gravita sulla scrivania da qualche giorno e non è tornato al suo posto.. Mi piace che mentre sto facendo altro lo vedo, mi scappa un sorriso e mi rileggo alcune parti :))
Già a metà lettura ho cominciato a consigliarlo a destra e a manca e sono anche
Lydia Presley
My first thought when I finished this novel was: I'm going to buy this book.

My second thought was: I want to live in this book.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a very simple, very neat, very dialog-heavy book spanning a little over 200 pages. There are several characters you get to know throughout the book, but the most prominent are Miss LaFosse and Miss Guinevere Pettigrew.

There are no two characters more different. Miss LaFosse is everything you picture a young, careful actress living in 193
Jun 05, 2011 Lizzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2011
A charming novel written in 1938 about a frumpy, down on her luck governess who’s sent by mistake to apply for a job as a lady's maid for a singer. The singer immediately takes her into her confidence and Miss Pettigrew spends the next 24 hours helping the lovely artiste and her friends with their love lives, being made over and being surprised at her own attractiveness, going to a party and night club, and emerging with a new life. The original pen and ink drawings add to the appeal.
There's a p
Nov 28, 2015 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Un giorno di gloria per Miss Pettigrew è un romanzo deliziosamente frivolo. E ciò detto da una che si dissocia da qualsiasi cosa esista di frivolo. Eppure c'è qualcosa in questo libricino che...non so, mette allegria. L'autrice sfrutta quest'atmosfera frivola e frizzante in maniera perfetta, senza mai scadere nel ridicolo, e i sorrisi che questo romanzo riesce a strappare al lettore (o almeno al suddetto lettore) sono bonari.

Ho trovato la narrazione e la struttura del romanzo deliziose e ben
Aug 07, 2008 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any review I write will inevitably spoil the freshness of this book. "Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day" is the Cinderella story of a dowdy British governess who, by a chance appointment, discovers the glamorous dazzling nightlife of London in the 1930s, and in the process, herself. I wish I could hug Guinevere Pettigrew, and doubt that the 2008 movie will stand up to the endearing characterizations Watson sketches.
Aug 01, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bingo - six words or more in the title. What a delight! (and a lovely palette cleanser after Go Set a Watchman - yikes!!) The introduction calls it a Cinderalla story, and it is...but it's really so much more. The cast of characters are drawn so vividly and even the unsavory ones aren't too scary. The dialog and settings are definitely of their time (1938), but they've aged well; I didn't at all ge tthe sense that this was an 80-year old story. And of course...a happy ending.

I saw the movie and
Lily Calder
An utter delight. Full review here:
Linda C
Governess Guinevere Pettigrew is about out of luck, steps from going to the workhouse, when the employment agency gives her the address for a possible position. When she arrives she finds an elegant apartment, no sign of a child, and a lady just arisen and frantic to get her lover out the door. Miss Pettigrew gets him to leave by some tricky verbal maneuvering and so begins a day that changes her life. Before Miss Pettigrew can explain why she is there, Miss Delysia LaFosse, nightclub singer, ex ...more
Jan 23, 2014 Paula rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A recent Reading Group pick, I read this book expecting to thoroughly enjoy it as a light, humorous read. Unfortunately, there were elements so disturbing to me that I couldn't enjoy it at all. I am rather sensitive to books that portray "virtue" as meaning narrow-minded, judgmental and bitter. This is how it was portrayed in this book. There is a scene near the beginning when Miss Pettigrew remembers her father's words. He is presented as a Vicar, which makes the stab even more lethal. He is pr ...more
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Winifred Eileen Watson (20 October 1906 - 5 August 2002) was an English writer. She is best known for her novel, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, which was adapted into a major motion picture of the same name (released in 2008).


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