Saturday, January 7, 2012

Review: Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day

Title: "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day"
Author: Winifred Watson
Genre: Historical Chick Lit, Modern Classic
First Published: 1938
Format: Paperback, 234pg
Publisher: Persephone
Source: Bought (The Book Depository)
Other details: featured in 'New on my Bookshelf'
My Rating: 5 STARS!

I thought I would do something different with this review... I'm gonna present it through dot points! FUN FUN FUN. (It's really weird, that I subconsciously say that stupid phrase, only on Fridays - technically today was Friday - darn you, Rebecca Black!)

Anyway, these are my favourite things/what I love about Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day: 

  • the illustrations
  • the settings
  • the characters
  • the writing
  • the dialogue
These are not just things I like about the book, but things I PASSIONATELY LOVE about it. 

The characters are: 
  • enchanting
  • peculiar
  • delightful creatures
Miss Pettigrew (triggered by Delysia Lafosse) has gusto that would light the reaction of a multitude of firework displays. Miss Lafosse is a type of female character you'll only come across maybe once (or never) in your lifetime.  

The dialogue
  • is witty
  • is comical
  • is clever
  • has a charmingly unabashed alacrity (well I suppose that is to the credit of the main characters, Miss Pettigrew and Miss Lafosse.)
  • is British and beautiful 

One can't truly compare books to films when it comes to Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. I can only say that London in the 30's would have been a magnificent time to be living, if this novel has any factual say in things. :)


danya said...

I quite enjoyed the movie of this one — plenty of humour! — and from your review it sounds like the book is even better. It looks like a lot of historical fun! :)

Sarah said...

I never even knew this was a book I know about the movie of course, great review nice to see another Aussie blogger, new follower