Wednesday, June 1, 2011

MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND - Helen Simonson - Book Review

This novel has an interesting storyline.  Ernest Pettigrew is a retired Major living alone in tidy home in Edgecombe St. Mary, in the English countryside (where else?).  The Major, a very proper Englishman who is widowed, falls in love with a Pakistani woman, Mrs. Jasmina Ali, who runs the corner market.  Mrs. Ali is controlled by her dead husband's family. The locals love Mrs. Ali but only as a tradeswoman, certainly not as one of the "true" villagers.  The story is set in present day time and serves as a good reminder to acknowledge and banish our own prejudices.

 A good book to read in between the more serious stuff.  Well-written, interesting plot, a good mix of good and rotten self-centered characters.  I recommend.   

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