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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
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Sep 01, 10

Read in August, 2010

I was sorry to finish this book, just when I was getting to know the characters better. All the familiar village types are here - the eccentric neighbor, the club ladies, the well meaning vicar, and best of all the retired and widowed Major Pettigrew, a man of honor, dignified and lovable. Mrs. Ali is of Pakastani descent and the proprietor of the local convenience store. She is enchanting, but her family is just as objectionable as the Major's, which is refreshing. The story turns on their romance and addresses many issues - cultural conflicts, racial tension, intergenerational misunderstandings, the "sport" of shooting wildlife, the "progress" threatened by real estate developers - there is a lot going on. Written with humor and understanding, it was a pleasure to read.
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Sylvia Tedesco Thanks for your review. I will definitely read this. Last night our book club discussed "Crossing to Safety". I think everyone loved it. One of those really worthwhile discussions that don't always happen.


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