Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Major Pettigrew

This was such a good book!

I don't remember where I got the recommendation.  Prolly from Bookmarks, a journal that the school library takes.  And because I was the person who discovered the journal, the librarian brings me each new issue as soon as it arrives, for my perusal.

Anyway, back to the Major.  I just loved this book.  Major Pettigrew is a sixtyish British widower, very traditional, very proper, and very thoughtful.  Unexpectedly, he finds himself developing a friendship-or-more with Mrs. Ali, a Pakistani widow who has a shop in the village.  His son, the members of the club, even the Vicar are bewildered by what is happening.

A first novel.  Beautifully written.  Could picture the scenes.  Even began to cast the movie. 

Give it a try, why don't you?

7 comments:

Pat said...

LOVED this book. Great characters and a great read. Would make a very good focus for discussion.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Pettigrews - have you seen the movie "Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day"?
Sweet story!
Kathy B

altar ego said...

I will TRY to remember this book. I've got several waiting for me to crack their covers (I don't read nearly as much as I would like), and I always welcome suggestions. Thanks!

anne bebbington said...

Will have to look out for that - it sounds just my kind of book

Nicole said...

It is on my bookshelf! Right now I am reading the new Isabel Allende book, Island Beneath the Sea. Not exactly cheery stuff. Major Pettigrew may have to be next to get the taste of this one out of my head.

Tanya said...

Thank you. This will be the book I read on the airplane to America. On your recommendation I just downloaded it into my Kindle!

Laurie said...

Oooh, going into the library website to put a hold on this now!

Another one you might like (I LOVED it) is "Small Kingdoms" by Anastasia Hobbet. It's a series of interwoven stories about people living in Kuwait between the two gulf wars -- a Kuwaiti wife, a rebellious young Palestinian woman, an American doctor, and the wife of an American businessman. I thought it was absolutely wonderful, and it really gives you a birdseye view of a culture we Americans don't know much about.