Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
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He is concerned about one of a pair of special guns that he believes his father intended to be reunited when the first of his two sons died.
Everything fits together – traditions, values, rebellion, challenges – and creates a story that is both timely and very real. He shifts seamlessly between the gravelly voice of Pettigrew, the sotto voce of Mrs Ali and the easily distinguishable ensemble cast of family and villagers ( listen to an audio sample). Major Pettigrew is a stout umbrella-toting man, a folding stool- carrying man, a man in control of his comfortable environment, until the day he answers his door to find the charming Mrs. 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.More significant is the fact that her characters, with the sporatic exception of the major and the widow, are cardboard and uninteresting. By all accounts, he will steal your heart, and I predict, will quickly be among your most endeared literary characters. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson’s wondrous debut. Funny, comforting and heart-warming, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand proves that sometimes, against all odds, life does give you a second chance.
Major Pettigrew’s manners and standards hearken from a more gentlemanly era, yet it’s as though he’s a one-man time warp surrounded by modern incarnations of rudeness and overt materialism – his son is breathtakingly selfish and shallow, his relatives are vulgar and grasping, and the local squire has class snobbery but no sense of heritage. Highly recommended although do bear in mind that my English sentimentality will have influenced my score greatly. Major Ernest Pettigrew is a decent sort, 68, retired military, widowed, and coping with the death of his younger brother, Bertie. Helen Simonson is a wonderful story teller, builds believable and lovable characters and uses her knowledge of British society to add spice to the telling. The book has a couple of broadly vulgar American characters, and they turn up in the Major’s village in what he regards as disturbingly rapid succession.This was quietly hilarious - the Major's dry sense of humour and the sometimes ridiculous situations he gets himself into purely down to social niceties and perceived face-saving is very funny. But while the local community might be willing to see the Major marry a proper tea-drinking Englishwoman, they are certainly not prepared to see him waltz off in the arms of a woman in a sari. Taking place in a small pastoral town in the English countryside, this book features the unlikely " golden years" romance of Major Pettigrew a staunch believer in retaining the decorum of a proper Englishman and Mrs. godine pokušavam da nagovorim nekog srpskog izdavača da je objavi, ali bez rezultata, no ne gubim nadu.
He is an affable man, thinking or saying under his breath his ripostes to the clunky statements of his neighbours, or the patronising attitude of his solicitor. United by their love of Kipling and their lingering bereavement of their departed spouses, Major Pettigrew (who was born in Lahore), and Mrs. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction, and from the very first page of this remarkable novel he will steal your heart. F.A, as well as a career in travel advertising and a degree from the London School of Economics) that she leaves these manipulations proudly visible.This book and the characters in it affected me deeply and they were a reminder for me of the joys of reading.