Saturday, January 15, 2011
Review - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Summary from Amazon
The letters comprising this small charming novel begin in 1946, when single, 30-something author Juliet Ashton (nom de plume Izzy Bickerstaff) writes to her publisher to say she is tired of covering the sunny side of war and its aftermath. When Guernsey farmer Dawsey Adams finds Juliet's name in a used book and invites articulate—and not-so-articulate—neighbors to write Juliet with their stories, the book's epistolary circle widens, putting Juliet back in the path of war stories. The occasionally contrived letters jump from incident to incident—including the formation of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society while Guernsey was under German occupation—and person to person in a manner that feels disjointed.
My Review - 4 Great to the last Drop
Wow, what a delightful read. I understand why 'everyone' has recommended this one. This is the perfect get you out of a reading slump and/or feel good book. Anyone that loves characters will enjoy this book.
Julia, the main character is just divine, has a remarkable charming personality with perfect sarcastic humour, I totally adored her.
I am not into Historical Fiction, War stories etc so I am shocked that even the parts about this was still interesting to me, very well executed indeed. Some may not enjoy this novel as it is written in letters but it just makes sense for the story, in my opinion. Even the co-author explained it in the Afterword, Mary Ann Shaffer was an amazing story teller, that was her talent, you just get enthralled.
I was glad we find out quickly where the title The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society comes from but sheeeesh really :-) I decided to have a little contest - go here, Rename the book.
I wish I had read this one on my Kindle, quote after quote after quote, this book just had so many amazing quotes I wanted to highlight them. Go here to see Ruby's blog a thousand Books with quotes, you can read the quotes she chose from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.