If you like Alexander McCall Smith's
I especially liked the contrast between his son Roger's 21st century behavior
(young professional on the rise in London) and Major Pettigrew's standards
(post WWII English military, old family pride). It made for humorous conflict and
Mrs. Ali was the wisest, kindest, most interesting character. She brings out Major Pettigrew's best traits.
Absolutely. Surprising characters that grow and change in amazing ways.
An everyperson's Jane Austen, maybe. A close--and sympathetic--look at life and society in our times. Not for women only--the men take the lead in this book.
He simply brought every single character to life.
Can friendship turn to love in time to beat back social prejudices, religious conservatism, AND...ENCROACHING SUBURBIA....?
Oh, I did enjoy this one the first time, and the second...and the third...and the fourth...and maybe I'll go listen to it again now.
Everything about this book and the reading is just about perfect. The narrative is skillfully constructed to reveal character and events; the prose is witty, insightful, often funny; the main characters are extremely engaging; and the reading is skillful, especially since there are numerous characters and a wide variety of voices and accents. What is really special about this book, however, is how the author addresses several really important issues in the context of a romantic comic novel - love, loyalty, families, parenting of adult children, aging, racism, xenophobia. It's so satisfying that when I finished I started it all over again, just to be able to listen and hear how well structured it is.
I will say that I had my doubts for the first few minutes, but I was hooked the minute Mrs. Ali came on the scene. A real winner.
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.
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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.