Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Abducted by Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day
I saw the movie that was based on the book Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day by Winifred Watson about a year ago. I remember that the movie was pretty good. I didn't love it, but I was entertained by it and liked it just fine. So when the audio version of the book was put on sale over at audible.com, I figured "hey, why not?"
The story of Miss Pettigrew is that she is an out of work governess that is trying to get work through an employment agency. One day she comes to the agency and they give her a posting offered by a Miss LaFloss. This is Miss Pettigrew's last chance. She has no place to stay and hasn't eaten a decent meal in forever, she needs this posting to work out. But when she arrives at the home of Miss LaFloss, the posting isn't quite what she thought it was. Before she knows it she is basically acting as Miss LaFloss's assistant for the day, and she is getting the chance to be completely made over and done up and the chance to meet some incredible people!
The movie version of Miss Pettigrew has the air of her being swept up and away by Miss LaFloss's glamorous living, however I felt like the book tried to portray that attitude but didn't quite accomplish it. She had plenty of opportunities to stop and communicate to Miss LaFloss her reasons for being there, but she chose to stay. And I definitely can't fault her for that! I will say that the tone of the book contains all of the humor that you may have noticed in the film version.
One thing I noticed was that the book reads like a play. When you see a basic production of a play it is usually minimal sets and lots of long conversations, and that is pretty much what was in the book. In the first three hours of the audio version was made up of Miss Pettigrew having four very long conversations. I still enjoyed it, mind you. But that was just an aspect of the book that I noticed.
The movie is slightly different from the book, which is always to be expected. It felt to me that the movie and the book both started in the same place and ends in the same place, but the reasons and the meaning and the how that got them from point A to point B were different. In the end, I definitely preferred the book. It was funny and lively and would make for a great quick read.
I'll give it an abduction rating of...
Posted by Bittner at 11:50 AM