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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
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bookshelves: first-reads, british, fiction-family-drama
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A sweet story about Major Pettigrew, proper Englishman, retired; and Mrs. Ali, Englishwoman of Pakistani descent, shopkeeper. They share a love of reading, tea and walking by the sea. Mrs. Ali is educated, sophisticated, beautiful and kind. The Major is fusty but good-hearted. The families of both, and the townspeople, are intolerant of the developing love between them. Family heirlooms come into it, as does religion, golf, knitting needles, and duck hunting. It does say some nice things about love, especially in people who are older. But it is slow-moving and very unfunny for a book written by a Brit. She also makes mention of some tragic history and cultural beliefs such as “the atrocities of Partition” “A murderous mob rains terror on the innocent train.” and “He prays to take the burden on himself and restore the family honor.” “This is how it has always been done, child". There is a little bit of feeling in this book that it doesn't know it's own genre, it skips around in mood a lot.
I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads.
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12/06/2009 page 150
41.78% ""...I believe there is a great deal too much mutual confession going on today, as if sharing one's problems somehow makes them go away.""
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