Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Audiobook CD - 2010
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Random House, Inc.
You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. 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.

The Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea. But then his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and her as the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?

From the Hardcover edition.

Baker & Taylor
Forced to confront the realities of life in the 21st century when he falls in love with widowed Pakistani descendant Mrs. Ali, a retired Major Pettigrew finds the relationship challenged by local prejudices that view Mrs. Ali, a Cambridge native, as a perpetual foreigner. Simultaneous.

& Taylor

Forced to confront the realities of life in the twenty-first century when he falls in love with Pakistani widow Mrs. Ali, Major Pettigrew finds the relationship challenged by local prejudices that view Mrs. Ali, a Cambridge native, as a perpetual foreigner.

Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2010
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9780307712844
Branch Call Number: SIM
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (ca. 13 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Altschuler, Peter


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JCLEmilyD Jan 30, 2017

Widower and widow form an unlikely friendship in a small village in England. The wise and dignified Major still has some life lessons to learn. Maybe his new Pakistani friend will teach him about family, loyalty, and really living.

JBJ2110 Aug 04, 2012

I loved this book! It is a love story involving older people, something that is very refreshing--after all, love is not the exclusive province of the dewy faced youth. It also deals with the theme of class, tradition, and prejudice in Britain but with a refreshing twist. Finally, it pokes gentle fun at the 'hero' Major Pettigrew, without being mean spirited.

Aug 03, 2012

The audiobook narrator, Peter Altschuler, uses different voices for each person. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is a domestic comedy that addresses serious issues thoughtfully. I could not help but be charmed.

mmmasha May 02, 2012

Beautifully written and superbly read

samdog123 Oct 18, 2011

A totally charming book. I listened to this on cd as I do many of the books I read these days. The reader of this cd is excellent, but I think the book certainly stands out on its own as one of the best books I've read this year. The Major lives in a small English village where personality of the inhabitants abounds. He becomes romantically interested in Mrs. Ali, the Pakistani owner of the local quik stop grocery store. All of the characters are so well developed--you'll be cheering for a happy ending because the characters all really deserve it!

SaanichLori Sep 13, 2011

An excellent book about the developing love between a crusty retired major and a widow of Pakistani descent, who come together out of loneliness and enjoy reading Kipling together.

cboom Jul 04, 2011

A delightful story, well-written and timely, especially since this is Helen Simonson's first novel. This would be a wonderful choice for a book club!

Apr 15, 2011

This book was delightful. Full of humor. I have to believe that reading it would be good but listening to it made it even better as the narrator does such a good job. I give this book 5 stars.

Sep 28, 2010

Loved it! Reminiscent of Alexander McCall Smith's books. A book that dispels the myth that love is for the young, and that sexual attraction ends at 50! Along the way, the author raises some very timely questions about faith and race, and whether it does (or should) matter.

Aug 11, 2010

delightful story about a retired British major--crusty and opinonated--who falls in love with a Pakistani widow, raising issues of prejudice in their small English village

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