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!
This is one of the best read books I've heard in a long time. The reader captures the voice of each
character perfectly. It is a delightful story which depicts perfectly the tradition bound Englishman
facing the current tide of change in his small village. His own metamorphisis is so gradual, he isn't aware of it. The story elicits some real laughter at times as well as some anxiety about the outcome.
Major Pettigrew is a very likeable character. He and the rest of the characters are very well-portrayed by the narrator. I was very sad that the story ended!
Unfortunately, the reader is an American and he struggles mightily with all the different British accents. I am British and it is testament to how good is the book that I listened to the end since the mangling of all the characters' different dialects really irritated me. However, if you are American and are not particularly attuned to all the intricacies of British accents (why should you be?) then I do recommend it as the writing is very entertaining and the gentle story holds the interest. With a more suitable reader I would probably have rated it 5 stars. I believe the Audible UK version has a British reader.
and a nice commentary on family life and the relationship of older adults with their children. Most entertaining book I've listened to in weeks.
To love this book, it helps to be an Anglophile.
It started out slowly and very predictable and the characters seemed too predictable and shallow, but it got so much better I ended up loving it. The main characters actually evolved, sort of as you expected but so much more interesting and fun than I anticipated. I highly recommend it.