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One of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction and from the very first page of this remarkable novel he will steal your heartThe Major leads a uiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations honor duty decorum and a properly brewed cup of tea But then his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs Jasmina Ali the Pakistani shopkeeper f If you are looking for something to read that is delightful charming with many layers of depth this is a book you will love Although it takes place in England this novel is not specifically about the geography of the land or the people of that geography It is much universal than thatIt is a story about romance but it isn’t a romance novel It is a story about family but it isn’t a family saga It is a story that deals with religion politics race relations and other sensitive topics but without proselytizing Everything fits together – traditions values rebellion challenges – and creates a story that is both timely and very realI loved the characters in this book even the ones who weren’t lovable The plot and sub plots kept me turning pages and wishing I had time each day to devote to devouring each chapter This book and the characters in it affected me deeply and they were a reminder for me of the joys of readingThere were so many little nuggets of wit and wisdom within these pages that I had to stop writing them all down in favour of being one with the flow of the writing It is a rare and wonderful experience to feel completely included within a novel This one held me close through the enchantment of a wonderful story and excellent writingIf you have yet to read this book I am happy to recommend it with enthusiasm and confidence I can’t imagine anyone whose life would not be touched in some way by the story and the writing Cure for the Loneliness generations honor duty decorum and a properly brewed cup of tea But then his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs Jasmina Ali the Pakistani shopkeeper f If you are looking for something to read that is delightful charming with many layers of depth this is a book you will love Although it takes place in England this novel is not specifically about the Bijoux en origami geography of the land or the people of that Hookup Master (Men of Lake Tahoe Series, geography It is much universal than thatIt is a story about romance but it isn’t a romance novel It is a story about family but it isn’t a family saga It is a story that deals with religion politics race relations and other sensitive topics but without proselytizing Everything fits together – traditions values rebellion challenges – and creates a story that is both timely and very realI loved the characters in this book even the ones who weren’t lovable The plot and sub plots kept me turning pages and wishing I had time each day to devote to devouring each chapter This book and the characters in it affected me deeply and they were a reminder for me of the joys of readingThere were so many little nuggets of wit and wisdom within these pages that I had to stop writing them all down in favour of being one with the flow of the writing It is a rare and wonderful experience to feel completely included within a novel This one held me close through the enchantment of a wonderful story and excellent writingIf you have yet to read this book I am happy to recommend it with enthusiasm and confidence I can’t imagine anyone whose life would not be touched in some way by the story and the writing

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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Rom the village Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses the Major and Mrs Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something But village society insists on embracing him as the uintessential local and her as the permanent foreigner Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and traditio I don't believe the greatest views in the world are great because they are vast or exotic sheJamina said I think their power comes from the knowledge that they do not change You look at them and you know they have been the same for a thousand years Major Ernest PettigrewRoyal Sussex retired is an old curmudgeon of the traditional order As prescribed by his military past everything should be ordered strictly predictable and well staunchly traditional as honor and duty and his family's good name demands His soft side his love for his deceased wife Nancy is totally private That's expected His village Edgecombe St Mary somewhere in the south of England is like him Nothing happens and it keeps on not happening forever Change comes slowly and superficially most of the timeBut then his brother Bertie dies and just as he ends the telephone call bringing the news Mrs Jamina Ali of the grocery store knocks on his door She is the first to notice his strictly controlled sorrow over the death of his last family member in his own generation Apart from sharing his love for books she also understands his feeling of loss She is Pakistani without family without her deceased husband and no children Nothing better can kick start a friendship between two lonely people who feel left out from the world out thereOf course it won't happen without kicking and screaming Daisy the Vicar's wife will lead the open revolt against a disruption of orderly segregation in the village Nose uppity with a lady band of followers she will strain against the winds of change threatening the laid back deliciously and proper British institutions Oh she worries about everyone so much you know said the Vicar She has such a big heart The Major looked at him astonished Such touching delusion must underlie many otherwise inexplicable marriages he thought and liked Christopher the Vicar all the better for loving his wifeTo top it all off Major Pettigrew's son Roger drops a bombshell with introducing his new girlfriend an American oh dear yes to the poor man A loud mouth American developer Ferguson moves in for a property development kill; Jamina's newphew the scowling frowning strict Muslim follower Abdul Wahid moves into her home and shop; an annual costume ball themed in honor of the Major's deceased father who fought in India is organized in the golf club with its own microcosmos of rules and regulations; and it is evident that something's gotta give The caterers will have to be Pakistani yes Now how do you invite a few of them without allowing them membership to the exclusive club view spoiler The Major knew even as he witnessed the event that he would be pressed later to relay the details of the fight that now erupted He saw a short man with large feet shove Abdul Wahid who fell against one of the waiters He saw another waiter slap a male dancer across the face with his white arm towel as if to challenge him to a duel He heard Daisy green call out somewhat hoarsely People please remain civilized as a riot erupted in the middle of the dance floor Things became a blur as women screamed men shouted and bodies hurled themselves at one another only to crash to the ground There was much ineffectual thumping of backs and indiscriminate kickingAs the music segued into an even raucous tune the Major was astonished to see a large drunken guest whip off his turban hand his hooka pipes to his girlfriend and throw himself across the heaving mass of assailants as if it were all a game The Vicar waded in to grab him by the trousers but was kicked backward and fell on Alma He became entangled in her green sari in a way that made Mortimer Teale look uite 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 hide spoiler

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You are about to travel to Edgecombe St Mary a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills thatched cottages and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew retired the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut Wry courtly opinionated and completely endearing Major Pettigrew is If Masterpiece Theatre doesn't make this book into a movie starring Derek Jacobi it will be a crime There has not been so perfectly English a read in its deadpan humor in a very long time Meet Major Pettigrew widower retired army officer and pillar of the community in his small English town He is set in his ways tea with acuaintances shooting parties with friends reticence at all times But the Major's life starts falling into chaos when he falls in love and with a most unsuitable candidate Mrs Ali a charming Pakistani widow with a shared passion for Kipling But while the local community might be willing to see the Major marry a proper tea drinking Englishwoman they are certainly not prepared to see him waltz off in the arms of a woman in a sari The delight of this book lies in its humor and its even handedness The writer pokes eual fun at the young and the old the Major might be set in his ways but his bumptious social climbing young son is far worse It's also refreshing to see the East vs West stereotype turned on its head the Pakistani families in this book are not simply portrayed as saintly picked upon underdogs who can teach their English counterparts all about life but as a fully rounded culture in their own right The author observes with humor and tact that in any culture the young dismiss the old the old roll their eyes at the young and local traditions are sometimes beautiful and sometimes ridiculous wherever you happen to come from All one can do in the face of it is laugh and cheer that the Major and Mrs Ali might waltz off to a happy ending despite the opposition of their families And how lovely to see a passionate romance between a Romeo of sixty eight and a Juliet of fifty eight

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