Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

I picked up Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand since my local book group is going to discuss it as its June book.  However, it didn’t take much arm twisting once I knew that it was set in an English town.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (MPLS) was a good big.  Very readable.  Major Pettigrew is an retired army officer trying to cling on to the world and village he knew in a world that is rapidly changing.  He has a son who seems to lack and of the honor that the Major has spent his life pursuing.  And he starts having feelings for the local shopkeeper – shock.  A Pakistani widow – double shock.   His fellow villagers can forgive anything but a cross-class and cross-racial romance.  Mrs Ali’s family draw her away.  Will the Major stand up for her?  Will he go after her?  Is this his last stand?  Or is it a stand to stop a horrible new development in the village?  Or standing up to his family?

While it was enjoyable, I didn’t find it compelling.  While I was happy to pick up the book for a few minutes every night, but I wasn’t drawn to pick it up any other times.

I’ll be interested to hear what the rest of my new book group thinks of the book.


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