Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Thoughts: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
First I was reluctant to read a book about a 68 year old, widowed and retired Major in a sleepy village but the book offers life lessons which are never too late to be learned. The social predjudice Mrs. Ali has to face or the meaninglessness of decorum just to name a few. And of course it is never too late to learn, that it is never too late.
I'd say it is a perfectly English read, but what do I know? The conversations in this book are held in such a polite manner and they bristle up with this deadpan humor, I couldn't get enough. But I don't think there is a small town England like the one portrayed in the book anymore. Which is sad and for me totally justifies the need of this book.