A Musing: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

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I liked it.

It was sweet, and wry, and funny, and endearing. It was about important things such as prejudice, character, tradition, obligation, family, and age. It was well-written and perfectly paced and had good characters and — I really can’t say a bad thing about it.

But.

I didn’t love it.

I can’t quite put my finger on why. Was it too middlebrow? Yes, I think that might be it.

(image: from LIFE magazine, 1949)

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7 comments

    • jackiemania

      I do know what you mean. 🙂

      This book just screamed Oprah’s Book Club to me. Not that OBC is the worst thing in the world! BUT. To generalize — those sort of friendly, accessible, not too challenging intellectually or emotionally books do not really do it for me.

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  2. Natalie

    I read it. It was a bit like watching a Lifetime moving after a diet of “Sopranos” and “Breaking Bad.” I thought it might be just me—I’m always furious when inevitable misunderstandings and minor tragedies culminate in a happy ending. Or maybe the “irony quotient” was just a little too low? I read it about a year ago and instantly forgot the characters and their vagaries. Maybe there were no vagaries?

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