Friday, July 29, 2011

Welcome to July’s last discussion over Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand! Any and all are welcome to contribute!

I will say that I was sad to see the book end.  I ended up liking it far more than I thought I was going to like it.  The last part of the book was full of action and it ended up all the loose ends, which sometimes annoys me but I don’t think it was done in a bad way.  I  think only the storyline of Gertrude and Ferguson seemed a bit rushed/not quite right. Kudos to the author, as this was her first novel!

Something that really irked me was the way that Mrs. Ali’s family treated her.  While I know culturally this is acceptable and done I just can’t wrap my mind around it.  I also can’t believe how Mrs. Ali put up with it.  She was a very intelligent independent woman.  It’s amazing what cultural/familial duties will push even those who don’t abide by all the customs anymore.  And it was quite amazing what she was willing to give up for Abdul Wahid and Amina.  I don’t think I could do that for a nephew of mine.  Especially one so obtuse.  But I guess she did it more for George.

Speaking of obtusness.  Roger.  Wow.  One would wonder how he came from the Major and is wife whom the Major kept saying was a sweet doting mother.  But then, even as the Major would point out, Roger said some of the same things the Major did.  However, the Major never said things with the same feeling/greed that Roger did.  He also understood love, maybe not how to always act on it but he did understand it.  Roger, is a freaking lost cause.

  1. If you could be friends with one of the characters, which one would you be friends with and why?
  2. What do you think was the Major’s Last Stand?
  3. Do you think Amina made the right choice? Do you think she and Abdul Wahid will eventually get together?
  4. What role did obligations play in this book?
  5. How do you think the Golf Club will react to the marriage?

Thanks for reading and responding! If you would like to write a post for August’s Group Read let me know! Fresh perspectives are always wanted!

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