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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel (udgave 2011)

af Helen Simonson (Forfatter)

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Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until 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 will their relationship survive in a society that considers Ali a foreigner?… (mere)
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Titel:Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel
Forfattere:Helen Simonson (Forfatter)
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2010), 384 pages
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Vurdering:****
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I may have to skim to the end. I am wincing, bracing for disappointment for the major. Not sure why he's getting under my skin.
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I like the writing but I am not relaxed by this book. Giving it back to the library. I might try again in the future.
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
My first impression was of charm but as it moved along, I found a great deal more depth to it. There is a wry and pointed humour, subtly done and very effective. The power I think comes from both using stereotypes and turning them around. Major Pettigrew and Mrs. Ali are not as you would expect on first meeting and their growing friendship is a joy. Other characters are a bit of what you expect, particularly the very odious ones like Daisy and Marjorie and Roger. I must say that it was a pure pleasure to dislike Roger. Within a quite small frame of the story, a great many very powerful truths are pulled out. I enjoyed this immensely, both for the satisfyingly expected turns and the unexpected ones.
  amyem58 | Aug 9, 2021 |
When I began reading this book, my expectation was this would be a comic tale peopled by stock characters. The situation was interesting, so I settled in to enjoy it. This enjoyment was heightened by the prose: fresh without being pretentiously ornamented. Here’s an example: “She cast her eyes down at the carpet, as if looking for a thread of conversation in the geometric patterns of the faded Bokhara.”
In the course of the book, the characters became more rounded. In the case of the protagonist, Major Pettigrew, perhaps too much so. Could the person who is so stuffy and tradition-bound have won and kept the affection of his now-dead wife, the free-spirited Nancy? How could he display such sensitivity in some points and be so tone-deaf in others, particularly in his relations with his yuppie financier son, Roger?
The second half of the book contains some wonderful set pieces, the settings of which had been carefully prepared.
Best of all, the abduction scene, in which the major unknowingly reprises his father’s heroic deed, a colonel in the last days of the Raj who rescued a maharani. In a sly detail, Mrs. Ali, who had just returned from shopping, elopes still clutching her bag. This echoes the stereotype insensitively depicted at the annual club ball, in which all female train passengers had a chicken with them.
The climax involves dramatic twists and turns, but these, too, have been carefully prepared, making the denouement all the more satisfying. The light-hearted tone established at the outset carries through the book. Yet, there are serious themes, such as the Sussex suburbs’ casual racism and the various forms of intergenerational conflict. And then again, there is the old rule in drama, according to which a shotgun prominently displayed in the first act is bound to figure in the plot in the last act. Well, in this book, there are two shotguns. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
I'd give this book 3 1/2 stars instead of 4. It was a sweet romance with a tart look at the prejudices and stratification among the British village/gentry set. ( )
  ltrahms | Jul 13, 2021 |
This was a good book. Major Pettigrew was forced to take a stand for something in his life. The audio version was fun. ( )
  BoundTogetherForGood | Jul 5, 2021 |
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Simonson .. is having a great time with her first novel. She is unsparing in her willingness to send up her characters and their little village, and she is often downright funny – that intelligent kind of funny that catches readers by surprise and makes them re-read a sentence several times to figure out how the author managed to make them laugh out loud so unexpectedly.The book is almost always pitch-perfect in its demonstration of how ridiculous our small ignorances can be – and how magnificent we are when we rise above them.
 
This thoroughly charming novel wraps Old World sensibility around a story of multicultural conflict involving two widowed people who assume they're done with love. The result is a smart romantic comedy about decency and good manners in a world threatened by men's hair gel, herbal tea and latent racism..When depicted by the right storyteller, the thrill of falling in love is funnier and sweeter at 60 than at 16. The stakes are higher, after all, and the lovers have stored up decades of peculiarities and anxieties
tilføjet af kgodey | RedigerThe Washington Post, Ron Charles (Mar 3, 2010)
 
As with the polished work of Alexander McCall Smith, there is never a dull moment but never a discordant note either. Still, this book feels fresh despite its conventional blueprint. Its main characters are especially well drawn, and Ms. Simonson makes them as admirable as they are entertaining. They are traditionally built, and that’s not just Mr. McCall Smith’s euphemism. It’s about intelligence, heart, dignity and backbone. “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” has them all.
 

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He finished his tea and rose from the table to go to his room. "But I must ask you, do you really understand what it means to be in love with an unsuitable woman?" "My dear boy," said the Major. "Is there really any other kind?"
"Careful, careful," he said, feeling a splash of scalding tea on his wrist. "Passion is all very well, but it wouldn't do to spill the tea."
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Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until 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 will their relationship survive in a society that considers Ali a foreigner?

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Majorens sidste forelskelse : Politiken, 2012. - 421 sider
Den aldrende enkemand og major Pettigrew lever et ukompliceret liv i en lille engelsk landsby, men så møder han den pakistanske enkefru Mrs. Ali, som han udvikler et varmt venskab med.
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