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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
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Aug 30, 2011

really liked it

Wonderful book -- funnay and poignant abouit the oh so English Major Pettigrew and his proper English life. After the unexpected death of his brother, the Major is drawn into a friendship with the local Pakistani shopkeeper, Mrs Ali. They are drawn together through grief, loneliness and literature and a quest to help a child and those around him.

Gradually the Major has to confront prejudice -- racial, class, scio-economic and generational. He also confronts the need for change.

The book really explores what it means to be "English" and what it means to be "foreign" or "other". It is beautifully and often humorously done.

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