Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
What a lovely, old-fashioned story.
Major Pettigrew is an old-fashioned retired army officer, who has recently lost his wife. He has old-fashioned values of honour and loyalty. He lives in an old-fashioned English village, Edgecombe St. Mary. He belongs to an old-fashioned - a very old-fashioned - golf club, full of people with old-fashioned ideas of what Britons should look like. They should be white, of a certain class, and follow traditional societal conventions.
Among the thatched cottages in the village lives a recently-widowed Pakistani shopkeeper. She too lives in a world of convention and tradition; they're just different traditions and different values.
Who would have thought that a relationship would blossom between this unlikely pair? How lovely to share with these characters the unfolding of that relationship. It's a lovely relaxing read.