Friday, October 07, 2011

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
by Helen Simonson

Published in 2010. 358 pages.

Delightful! A little slower reading than I had wished, but Major Pettigrew is such an endearing character, and he had so much wisdom for me to absorb. Here are some Pettigrew-isms I enjoyed:

Life isn't all about flashy parties and meeting rich people.
One really shouldn't have to bargain with one's family like a used-car salesman.
Life does often get in the way of one's reading.
There is nothing more corrosive to character than money.
We must refuse to imagine [that it's too late] and concentrate only on the next step and then the next. We do what we can do, and the rest is God's problem.
The solution is to make things right, or at least to work every day to do so.

And here's a quote from another character that I found quite thought-provoking:
If faith is worth no more than the price of a small shop in an ugly village, what is the purpose of my life - of any life?

For the context of all those statements, you just have to read the book yourself!

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand was a Salt Lake County Reader's Choice Nominee last year, but, unfortunately, I didn't make the time to read it then. It was also the August pick for the "book lunch girls" (aka Natalie's Book Club). I wasn't able to attend the meeting due to another commitment, but I'm so glad I read the book.



  1. When I started reading this (ARC), my mood wasn't conducive to a slow read, so I set it aside. I tried the audio (briefly) as well, but again it wasn't the right time. I have to want to read or listen to a slow moving book in order to enjoy it, so I will wait until that mood strikes. :) I, by no means, have given up on it. I'm actually looking forward to it. Soooo glad to see you really enjoyed it.

  2. I've been on the fence about trying this one. I suppose I should just give it a shot!

  3. Joy: I can understand about your need to be in the right mood for this one. I hope you'll enjoy it when the mood strikes!

    Tricia: Yes, you should! :)

  4. I had a slow time starting this book but then I heard the author at the Tucson Festival of the Book and that encounter changed my mind about the whole book. I LOVED it! Thanks for sharing the quotes. They brought back memories that were delightful and insightful!!

  5. I have this from the library right now, but wasn't sure if I would get to it. From those quotes though, it sounds like a reading of this could be very good for me right now!

  6. Inside a Book: Over the past year, I've had the opportunity to hear several authors talk about their work and it really does enhance the reading experience!

    Shelley: The book really did give me some "food for thought." I hope you'll have time to read it!

  7. Wasn't this a delightful read! I am looking forward to reading more from this author...hopefully!