Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

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Intertwined with the basic story of Major Pettigrew’s attempt to reunite two collectible Churchill shotguns and Mrs. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition? And many of these issues show up in parallel fashion in both the native English and immigrant Pakistani communities. With characters that have depth and heart, and a charming, endearing love story, it is easy to care, and thus to become involved, and ultimately, to enjoy. I’m embarrassed to be so enthusiastic about it because it is actually a romance novel which is a genre I usually steer clear of.

In the interest of full disclosure I must admit that the main character of the novel is a man about the same age as me which is very unusual for a romance novel. He has preferred a style of such extreme correctness and gimlet-eyed detachment that all it takes to give this book its comic perspective is to present his point of view. Lepo opisuje i kulturološke razlike u Britaniji (između krutog Britanca i udovice Pakistanke) a i jaz i nerazumevanje među generacijama (između oca i sina). Major Ernest Pettigrew is a decent sort, 68, retired military, widowed, and coping with the death of his younger brother, Bertie.The idea of family heritage and honor being embodied in an heirloom is especially interesting and poignant. Ali has Pakistani relatives, that the guns were given to the Major’s father by a grateful maharajah, that the locals tend to conflate all non-English countries that were ever part of the British Empire, and you glimpse the party’s potential to create misunderstanding. In this case, however, the 350-page journey is not one that will reward the reader with amusement, pleasure, or insight.

The Major is also quite stuffy, unwilling to break the social barriers that support community and quite pompous about people who do, but sceptical about those that create and promote barriers, especially of age, gender and ethnicity. Further details on how this Booklover Book Reviews site manages data can be found in our Privacy Policy. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is a wonderful comedy of manners in which the multiculturalism, rudeness and self absorption of the present collide with the stiff upper lip, rigid social consciousness and self absorption of the past as portrayed by Major Pettigrew and his son. The book has a couple of broadly vulgar American characters, and they turn up in the Major’s village in what he regards as disturbingly rapid succession. He was a handsome main with thick short hair and large brown eyes, but his head was slightly small and was stuck well into the air as if the man were afraid of his own shirt collar.English-Pakistani relationships take a center stage in this novel and are written in a particularly tactful and insightful way, without sugar coating the difficult colonial past of both countries and prejudices that exist up to this day. The only thing that knocked a star off this review for me was a slightly hackish plot device at the end, but it's such a minor thing it really only counts for half a star.

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