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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

28 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

What a fabulous book!

What a fabulous book! I fell in love with Major Pettigrew from the start. He is so gentle and dryly humorous, willing to own his faults, humble and yet completely fallible and human. When he falls in love with Mrs. Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper in their small English vi...
What a fabulous book! I fell in love with Major Pettigrew from the start. He is so gentle and dryly humorous, willing to own his faults, humble and yet completely fallible and human. When he falls in love with Mrs. Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper in their small English village, he does it wholeheartedly. Yet their relatives and neighbors disapprove and they have to fight racism, ignorance, and censure to stay together. The author, Helen Simonson, does a great job of addressing nasty issues with a light and gentle hand. The Major struggles with what his beliefs confronting religion, environmentalism, and racism with his wisdom and humor. The plot is fast-paced and interesting making this a real page turner with a surprising twist at the end. A fun, heartwarming book that nevertheless examines some serious social issues.

posted by Frisbeesage on March 14, 2010

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7 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

Only in America

...would you find enough people with sufficient self-hatred to embrace a book that is absolutely full of ugly American stereotypes complete with all the stupidity, boorishness, and insensitivity of Simonsons's American characters. No we aren't perfect, but then neither...
...would you find enough people with sufficient self-hatred to embrace a book that is absolutely full of ugly American stereotypes complete with all the stupidity, boorishness, and insensitivity of Simonsons's American characters. No we aren't perfect, but then neither are the English people who continually look down their noses at us in spite of the fact that we died by the tens of thousands for them in the last world war.

Oddly enough this is a book about prejudice but I guess it's only a bad thing when directed at other groups. I have lived in England, and believe me, the hatred toward all Americans is alive and well and not really all that charming. If the Americans who read this book think that if they lived in England everyone would love them because they would be the exception to the rule -- think again. Prejudice doesn't wait to see if the individual fits the mold, it strikes the minute they hear your accent, no matter how quietly spoken.

posted by Olivia46 on July 30, 2011

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    Only in America

    ...would you find enough people with sufficient self-hatred to embrace a book that is absolutely full of ugly American stereotypes complete with all the stupidity, boorishness, and insensitivity of Simonsons's American characters. No we aren't perfect, but then neither are the English people who continually look down their noses at us in spite of the fact that we died by the tens of thousands for them in the last world war.

    Oddly enough this is a book about prejudice but I guess it's only a bad thing when directed at other groups. I have lived in England, and believe me, the hatred toward all Americans is alive and well and not really all that charming. If the Americans who read this book think that if they lived in England everyone would love them because they would be the exception to the rule -- think again. Prejudice doesn't wait to see if the individual fits the mold, it strikes the minute they hear your accent, no matter how quietly spoken.

    7 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Ambien with a book cover.

    Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is Ambien in the form of a novel. I read to page 230 and just could not go another page. I did enjoy the Major's dry sense of humor and sarcasm but found the story at large to be very slow and unconvincing.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2011

    Boring.

    I got to page 163 and am still waiting for something, anything, to happen. Not for me.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    Not that great

    Had to read this for a bookclub...slow going...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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