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Singing for Mrs. Pettigrew: Stories and Essays from a Writing Life Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-21 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings
ISBN:076363624X
LANGUAGE:English

" With each individual piece in this book you see similarities between all characters. You are able to relate and quickly find yourself reeled in on an emotional roller coster right next to the characters. " said.

" A charming little book. The stories are not exceptional, but it is interesting to read the in-between chapters where the story-teller talks about his journey and inspirations. I liked some of these sections much more than the actual short stories, though I found some of those very well done. " said.

" I've read it so many times before that this time I could still remember what happened. It's not as profound re-reading it the 20th time but you still get the feeling of the powerful words and feelings behind the stories.My favorites are the giant's necklace, my father is a polar bear, and the mozart question. " said.

" This is a great book for anyone who loves to write. Although he may not be your style (he wasn't exactly mine), Michael takes you on an inspiring journey. Jumping from his own personal stories and the stories he has created, Singing for Mrs. Pettigrew is an entertaining insight into an authors' experiences. " said.

"I adore this author! Where have I been that I never heard of him till now? Here is a collection of short stories with an author discussion between each one. He shares background and creative advice on story writing that is very simple and endearing. I love his story endings!

Each story makes you think deeply and feel strongly, yet they aren't opinionated at all. Every character is as alive as you or me. You want to meet them, have tea with them, and go visit on your break because they feel like such dear friends in the end.
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"A beautiful little book. This is a collection of short stories and essays about writing and inspiration. Morpurgo writes with a gentle voice which is why he is considered a children's writer but his topics are thought provoking and often serious. I definitely want to read some of his other works.

Some of my favourite stories in this collection were "Meeting Cezanne," "I believe in Unicorns" and "The Mozart Question," and I was moved to tears with "For Carlos, a Letter from Your Father." The title story "Singing for Mrs. Pettigrew" left me in a contemplative mood as I thought about the similar situation in my community but with giant power lines instead of an atomic power station being proposed in the name of progress and supplying electricity to other regions. Will we ever learn? Sigh.

The essays on writing made me reflective as well and certainly inspired me to continue to write myself.
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"This is a compilation of many short stories in a chapter book. Between each of the short stories Michael Morpurgo, tells a little about himself, particularly of when he was a young child.

He also tells of the places and events that have inspired him and what he thought writing a book or anything is all about.

One of my favorite stories out of them all must have been The Mozart Question. The Mozart Question is basically about this little boy whose parents used to play in concentration camps. They were in the orchestra playing the violin and when they brought in Jewish people to kill them, they would play pieces by Mozart to calm them down. The son is secretly taking violin lessons and has no idea that his teacher knows his parents, because he too played in the orchestra. It is a fascinating story. Some of the stories in the book are related to his real life, some of them like Run-away is from his own experience running away from boarding school.

They are all great stories, and make the entire book really worth reading!
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"Michael Morpurgo alternates short stories with short essays that describe the people and the events in his life that have inspired his writing. Readers will benefit more from the essays by having read the author's novels.

My favorite story was The Silver Swan because it relates man's connection with nature. It is a story of love and loss. The potential for rebirth of love in relationships after loss allows the story to end with an element of hope.

My favorite quote came from the essay that preceded the last short story.

"So now he was like a grandfather to us, and the dearest of friends to whom we could confide our hopes and fears, with whom we could talk straight and be ourselves. I have admired no one more nor has Clare, I think, for Sean was a writer without ego, a generous-hearted man, a great listener with a knowing eye, a flawed and funny man who seemed to have found the inner peace we all yearn for. He lived simply, needing only warmth and whisky and Ryvita and oranges, and Bordeaux wine when we came. He was also the best-read man I have ever met." (p. 236) (Ryveta is the trade name for a rye-based crispbread.)
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