Saturday, April 2, 2011
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson was a terrific read. This book tells the story of Major Ernest Pettigrew who finds new life when he falls in love with a Pakistani shop keeper in his village. It tells the trials that he faces as he becomes friends with her due to the towns deep rooted prejudices against her because she is foreign. It amazed me as the story plays out to see that while we consider ourselves to accept people, there is still a deep feeling of being around ones kind. It also shows the relationship between Major Pettigrew and his son as his son feels his dad is aging and begins to feel the need to take care of him. I really liked how in the end Major Pettigrew and Mrs. Ali decide that despite what everyone else thinks they want to be together and he shows that he is willing to fight for her and their relationship.