Title: The Guernsey and Potato Peel Pie Society
Author: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Summary: January 1946: Writer Juliet Ahston receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and a society as extraordinary as it's name.
My Rating: 9/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This book has been on my TBR list since I first saw it around the blogverse last year. Its title caught my eye, the reviews were great, and it had an interesting cover. Yet something about it kept making me put it off. I finally got a copy from the library, forgot I had the copy until the notice came to say the book was due back, then bought my self a copy because I really wanted to read it, and it was a book for one of my challenges, where book choices were limited. Finally I read it. And I’m kicking myself (well, theoretically I am) for not reading it sooner. Fantastic book, with a very unusual way to write one, which made me enjoy it more than I ever though I would.
The book is written through a serious of letters and telegrams between the characters, so you never really get the whole story as to what happened to the characters, just brief glimpses and recaps from the characters point of view. Sometimes something that happened to a character is retold through a different character’s letters, so again there is the idea you don’t have the entire story. I thought this was a very clever method, because it gave the reader enough to want more and keep reading to find it, as well as let the reader fill in some of their own gaps. I also enjoyed how each character’s voice was carried out through each letter. Their personalities shined through, so the author(s) did a fantastic job at ensuring the correspondents between the characters, seemed real and not one dimensional or all having the same voice.
The characters also made the book. I was dying to find out more about Elizabeth, who’s a well loved character, by the other characters in the book. I found the whole idea behind how the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society came to be was brilliant, amusing and powerful. The group that came to this society were strong people, who fought through the German occupation, and never lost the light on a common interest. Juliet is also an amusing character, she had me laughing while reading her thoughts and opinions on the world and people around her, as well as books and book related issues (there was this one part, around page 16, where she mentioned bookstore owners and how the react to certain peoples tastes in books, that reminded myself of me and many other book lovers I know.)
The book had a bit of everything, parts that would make you laugh, parts that made you begging for more. And some emotional parts, as the reader learns how they people of Guernsey lived during the German occupation. Either way, it was a fantastic book. And I’m glad it followed me home. Had it been the library book copy, it may not have returned.
Would I recommend it to read: Oh yeah. If there is actually any of you out there who haven't read the book, I highly recommend you do. Wonderful story, and a great choice for any Bibliophile, Book Geek/Nerd/Lover.
What to read next: The Book Thief, Suite Française, Thirteenth Tale
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