Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


Genre: Literary/Historical Fiction

Juliet Ashton is a prominent writer made famous by her work Izzy Bickerstaff Goes to War during World War II. In January of 1946, Juliet receives a letter from a stranger who introduces himself as Dawsey from Guernsey who claims to have purchased a book once belonging to her written by Charles Lamb. Dawsey further explains that he is a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Curious by the name, Juliet writes back to find out more about the society and is pulled into the life of it's extraordinary members and their story during the German Occupation.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is such a unique book as the storyline, the characters involved are all revealed through a series of letters between Juliet, her closest friends and the group of people belonging to the society.

This book is funny and full of warmth and through the letters you learn about each individual and their experience; their bravery, love, loss and suffering during the 5 years the Germans occupied the Channel Islands. The letters written by each character carried such a realistic tone that you feel they really do exist. Reading the book I can't help but fall in love with each and everyone of them (well except for one: Miss Adelaide Addison).

I absolutely love this book and found it impossible to put down. A definite must read!

BTW, I did some research on Guernsey and I'd really love to go on a holiday trip there someday. The book made me fall in love with the island. Must start lobbying the idea to hubs soon... :D


Lotsa love,

5 comments:

Marg said...

I love it when books make me want to go to the place where it was set, and this one did that for me as well!

Fantastic book.

Jacques said...

Sounds like an interesting epistolary novel. Kinda reminded me of Dracula and how much I love this style of books :)

FYI, Guernsey is B.O.R.I.N.G. It's mostly a financial district with a little countryside. Much better to take a tour of the coastal cities in England or Britainy in France !

Ms Ulat Buku said...

LOL! Okay Jacques I take your word for it! Won't visit Guernsey then... :P

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I really enjoyed this one when I read it!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I SO want to read this!

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