“Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” Was One Stand Too Many


This book, focusing on the relationship of two elderly people, was really aimed at a much older audience.  But I could have managed had the interaction and developing love of the Major and Ms. Ali been even slightly interesting.  Instead the emotionless affair was overshadowed by the other subplots, which were rather boring (the Major’s son renting a cottage for the summer, what food will be served at a banquet, and Ms. Ali’s family.)  The lawyer in me was interested in the plot that focused on the probate of a gun that should have passed to the Major upon the death of his brother, but even that wasn’t enough to keep the book engaging.  The dialogue was extremely formal, so much so that it seemed unrealistic and stiff.  I couldn’t get into it, and didn’t finish it, so I would not recommend it.

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