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'Major Pettigrew's Last Stand' by Helen Simonson - Book Club Questions

'Major Pettigrew's Last Stand' - Reading Group Guide


Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

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Use these book club discussion questions on Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson to lead your book club into Simonson's novel.

Spoiler Warning: These book club discussion questions reveal important details about Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson. Finish the book before reading on.

  1. What do you think is the Major's "last stand?" What are different ways the title could be interpreted?
  2. Were you surprised by how strongly the Major's friends and club members responded to his relationship with Mrs. Ali? Do you see those kinds of prejudices in society?
  3. Do you think the Major's differences with his son were mostly a generational gap or a difference in personalities?
  4. What did the guns represent to the Major? How did his view of them change over the course of the novel?
  5. In what ways is the Major and Mrs. Ali's romance different because of their age? In what ways is falling in love the same?
  6. Rate Major Pettigrew's Last Stand on a scale of 1 to 5.
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