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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

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More significant is the fact that her characters, with the sporatic exception of the major and the widow, are cardboard and uninteresting.

Though at times charming, this book mostly left me wondering what sort of a world the author imagines England to be. Including Major Pettigrew -- no small thing, when the retired military toff stereotype is so strong. He became entangled in her green sari in a way that made Mortimer Teale look quite jealous, and was rescued by Alex Shaw; he dragged them behind the bar, which Lord Dagenham and Ferguson seemed to have commanded as if for a siege. So his preference in party style is for black tie and Champagne, though he has to explain to the book’s clichéd, birdbrained club wives that this is not meant as an hommage to Noël Coward.He opens the door and casts a tearful eye on the dignified, elegant, foreign-looking woman who will win his heart. As Simonson takes us through the will-they-or-won’t-they she also offers a look at contemporary rural England, with old values and new engaging in public and private.

A melee between families and the local snob society break out at a Club sponsored dance where feelings were hurt and romances ebbed. I highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in a cozy read set in a tiny English village populated by colorful tea-drinking characters.Such touching delusion must underlie many otherwise inexplicable marriages, he thought, and liked Christopher( the Vicar) all the better for loving his wife. Peter Altschuler does a marvelous job of supplying different voices and accents (American and British), and switches between them seamlessly. The author is British but grew up in the United States, so she has a keen eye for the significant gaps between cultures, the old world way and the new high tech global way, tradition versus change for the better, the Empire's version of history and the version of history as seen by others!

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