Review | Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

#QOTD – Do you know of anyone who found love at a very late age?

My maasi (my mother’s younger sister) got married three years back, at the age of 58. And guess what, it is her first marriage and it is a love marriage. Moreover, the couple didn’t meet in some temple or yoga class, they met on Facebook. She is from Assam, he is from Tamil Nadu. They used to meet in Delhi, and my parents would drive them to cafes and restaurants as they both were not familiar with the city. Neither language nor culture is same yet they clicked in a snap. There were questions from friends, and judgmental opinions from the so-called well-wishers. But they went through it together. It is just a little love story that is unique in its own way.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson is a very similar story. It is this sweet love story of two elderly people, British Major Pettigrew and Pakistani origin Mrs. Ali. A very heartwarming and an unique story set in a quaint little English village.

The book also highlights racism, immigrant struggles, religion and other sensitive topics. There were relatable characters like the judgmental neighbors and rebellious teenagers. The writing style deserves special mention. It is charming, delightful and has a very elegant yet dry British humor.


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