While the enchanting story between the Major and Mrs. Ali is the focal point of the story; I found the relationship between father and son to be of equal interest. I highly recommend this wonderful title to anyone wanting a pleasant, feel good story, with an excellent narration.
probably, I loved the fact that it was read in the proper upper class accent. It made it more authentic.
That the love story is between two older people, the characters themselves, the way it is old-fashioned as well as modern, the subtlety of the English humor.
The party. I had tears rolling down my face, it was so funny.
I am a one time English major, a lifelong reader, gardener, culinary experimenter, and fiber arts artisan. A perfect day for me is spent working with my hands while listening to an absorbing book. I love history and horticulture.
This was satisfying for the anglophile in me. It is a story based in an English village, yet not as predictable as most. A delightful assortment of characters and events was entertaining and at times I laughed out loud. I was sorry to finish this one.
Say something about yourself!
This story is a wonderful surprise. I laughed out loud so many times I know I will be listening again. I can???t say more than the other reviewers ??? don???t miss this one! Major Pettigrew has the wit and charm one would expect from an earlier time, and as his son said; ???pigs will fly if you ever find yourself short of words.??? (or something like that???)
This novel is about my parents' generation and was bittersweet to listen. I so enjoyed it! The subtle portrayal of relationships between charters, Major Pettigrew's embarrassment at expressing emotion in the beginning, (he being English military and all), and the slow revealing of his wisdom and integrity, enables the reader to find his clever, bold problem solving completely believable. The dance scene in the middle of the book is one of those horrifying can't read another word but can't put the book down scenes. Pacing works, narration works, but mostly the gradual change taking place in this man adjusting to a world with which he isn't quite comfortable is a wonderful read when you are not in a hurry.
It took me awhile to get into the story and the characters but in the end, like all good British stories, it was good fun.
I generally don't like books based in England, or english accents, for that matter. I totally loved this one though! The upper crust clenched jaw of the Major is perfect! It was a great listen!
This is a harmless, mildly amusing novel about modern English country life, exploring the tensions between change, race and tradition. I found the Major to be sympathetic, and I was interested to see how his story played out, but overall it was too slow. The whole shooting party section seems to grind on forever to very little point. Some thoughtful editing could certainly have been applied! This book is also not nearly as funny as it thinks it is.
I am gobsmacked at the absurd price, and cannot recommend that it is worth the expense. Find the audiobook at the library and save the money for better books.