It might have enjoyed this book more had I read it as opposed to listening to it.I really did not enjoy the "brittish" narrator at all. The story line is a slow starter and truthfully, I finally just ended up putting it down. Too bad!
A great listen - well worth your time. The narrator made it fun to listen to. The author made me feel like I was right there in the village of Edgecombe watching the entire amusing story unfold. If you are an elderly parent with a child who is trying to control you, you will especially enjoy this book. I loved it because I spent a lot of time in England and can relate to so many aspects of the story. If you enjoy politically incorrect humor, then you will love this book.
Really satisfying. Not all that much happens, but the story is good and you will sympathize with the characters. I didnt want it to be over. If you love modern british fiction, this book is for you.
I love the English sensibilities of this story. The rather stuffy Major who realizes that the attractive Pakistani shopkeeper in his neighborhood is a kindred spirit. The Major steps out of his comfort zone and is rewarded with an insight into other people's lives that are quite different than his own while also realizing that his own social circle is rather limiting and bigoted.
This book was mentioned at our book club recently but some had already read it. Not me so I thought I'd download it. I was not sure what to expect. LOVE the british accents. I found the story to be very pleasurable and would highly recommend it. I appreciate the mixture of cultures and it was a good reminder that no family is perfect. Well done.
Colorful characters, British wit, and the indomitable Major make this an unforgettable story. Some of the scenes in the story still cause me to laugh out loud when I recall them. The duck hunt fiasco and the ludicrous club party scenes will remain in my memory for a long time. Major Pettigrew should become a classic.
if you enjoy a well written book this is one for you. Well developed plot and characters. A very good read.
Visiting Edgecombe Saint Mary through the perspectives of the characters in Major Pettigrew's Last Stand was a lovely trip. The characters include the dignified and proper (but sufficiently human and flawed) Major Ernest Pettigrew, his late-in-life romantic interest, Pakistani shopkeeper Mrs. Ali, and his insufferable, self-centered son, Roger. They all shine in the backdrop of this quaint English village. Although this is a typical small town "escape" kind of book in many regards, I found the issues the characters faced substantive enough to warrant some deeper introspection without becoming maudlin or heavy. Very well read, well paced, and a good book to help pass a tiresome commute.
"Gem" is the right word to describe this wry and witty novel of manners. The narration was perfect--adding just the right tongue in cheek tone to the taught dialogue and musing of a group of unforgetable characters. A feel-good novel that will make you laugh and cry at the same time. I highly recommend it!