Why I didn’t finish this book:
- There wasn’t enough to push me to read more. As much as I love the character Mrs. Ali, just from the few scenes that she was in, she was the only character I cared about. Major Pettigrew was an interesting character but. . .
- I’m pretty sure I know how the plot is going to turn out: Major Pettigrew and Mrs. Ali will get together, there’s going to be some controversy because the two come from completely different lives and class.
- My purpose for reading has changed in the past few months, so I’m not really reading for entertainment right now. This is a good book but now isn’t the right time to read it.
If you haven’t read this book yet, here’s why you will probably enjoy it:
- Simonson can write a sentence like it’s no one’s business. I love a great sentence. Here’s a jewel that I found while reading: It surprised him that his grief was sharper than in the past few days. He had forgotten that grief does not decline in a straight line or along a slow curve like a graph in a child’s math book. Instead, it was almost as if his body contained a big pile of garden rubbish full of heavy lumps of dirt and of sharp thorny bush that would stab him when he least expected it.
- If I was reading for pleasure and entertainment, this book is what I would want to curl up with to forget about the world. I was about 100 pages in when I decided to stop reading it and I could see that.
- The book covers big issues like racism and class is a way that doesn’t talk down to readers.
- I’m in the minority with this book, so pick it up for yourself and decide.