Friday, July 9, 2010

Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society

Summary From the Web:
“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

My Review:
Did you know that the English Channel islands were occupied by Germany for five years during World War II? Neither did I. This story has a warm, funny feel to it, while at the same time giving you an understanding of what those horrible five years were like. The entire book is told in a series of letters sent by different people. That's not usually my favorite format, so it took me a minute to get into it, but once I did I enjoyed it. Despite the subject, I would classify this as a light read. It even includes a little romance, for those of you who are interested.

1 comment:

  1. I read this, on recommendation from someone else. It was really hard for me to "get into," so I mostly skimmed the book. I found the historical information extremely interesting, however. ajh