The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
"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 emerg ...more
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One night, four elderly people wandered in. They told me they were from a tiny island off the coast of southern England called “Guernsey”. I’d never heard of it, so they proudly explained it was the only part of British soil that had been occupied by the Nazis during World War II. The isla ...more
Dear Mary Ann Shaffer,
I recently read your book 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'. It brought a few questions to my mind.
Juliet writes in one of her letters:
What an inspired present you sent kit - red satin tap shoes covered with sequins"
Didn't Sidney know what present he had sent?
If you had to resort to sentences like these to speak what you wanted to, didn't you realize that the letter format and your writing didn't go well together?
Learning from your bad exam ...more
Now, I'm sure there are American authors who can write in an authentic British voice (no one springs to mind, and Elizabeth George is terrible at it but at least her plot is not clunky) but Mary Ann Shaffer isn't one of them.
This book has an epistolary plot that ...more
I think the only person I wouldn’t recommend this book to is one of those people who only read meaty tomes that might give regular people a brain embolism while they’re trying to make sense of the 17 different layers of subconscious meaning. I’d also hesitate from recommending this book to most men. However, if you have the ability to find joy and delight in the simple pleasures of a feel-good book, you too m ...more
-pig farmers as romantic leads
-parrots named Zenobia who eat cuckoo clocks
-women who do the asking
I'm not in favor of:
-strong silent types as romantic leads
-parrots getting more page time than goats
In my March 2018 buddy read with Trish (which kind of disintegrated because she raced ahead and finished the whole book in like one day :p) I was impressed with how well the authors melded actual historical facts about the island of Guernsey during WWII, and people's wartime experiences, with the novel's storyline. I could see the seams a little - interesting true stories and anecdotes tend to show up in the book as rand ...more
Following an exciting April, I chose to start May with a focus on more contemporary, approachable reads that are simple but rich in themes focusing on the relationships within a family, within the members of ...more
This epistolary novel is something I should have loved. I generally like novels in letters, it’s almost like peering into lighted windows at night as you pass, sewing the bits of life seen there into a coherent whole.
It’s fun, this book, in its witty comments, sort of the way I wish I could talk all the time. Yet, about halfway through it began to pale. Everybody in the b ...more
Definition of “supremely-enjoyable-while-reading” kind of book for me: so delightful, real funny and warm.
Five long years since I first put this on my tbr shelf, should have read it a lot sooner...
I certainly understand its popularity (#4 most popular book of 2007 on Goodreads!). There is a distinct air of wholesomeness, inoffensiveness about it, plus it is occasionally funny (in a cute, inoffensive way), with a bit of tragic war business thrown in.
But it got tiring for me very quickly. From the moment the main character, Juliet, a young ...more
المصادفات السعيدة تترك أعظم الأثر، وهذه الرواية كانت مصادفة من أجمل ما يكون. في ليلةٍ ما، وبعد يوم عصيب في الجامعة، أبحث في مكتبتي عن عنوان يجذبني للقراءة فلا أجد، أمسك بالهاتف ولا أجد، أفتح الجودريدز لأشاهد ما يقرأه الأصدقاء لعل اسم كتاب أو مراجعة تنتشلني من حالة الضيق، ولا أجد أيضا؛ يظهر اسم الرواية أمامي بالصدفة في قائمة الترشيحات التي تظهر أعلى يمين الموقع، جمعية ماذا؟، فطيرة قشر البطاطا؟، ابتسمت فبدأت أخرج من حالة الضيق، وانجذبت أكثر للرواية بعدما وجدت تقييمها المرتفع وقد قرأها ما يقارب الن ...more
Dawsey came across a book she owned by Charles Lamb. Since her name and address were in the flyleaf he decided to write her and let her know he had the book and loved it.
So began a corres ...more
Written by Mary Ann Shaffer who was a librarian, an editor, and a great family storyteller, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, is an epistolary novel about the trials of the people living in the Channel Islands, ...more
At any rate, this is easily one of the most charming books I’ve read in a while. Our heroine, Juliet, spent the war writing light pieces for a women’s magazine, and now she yearns for more substantial material. When she receives a letter from a Guernsey man who has in his possession ...more
The book has a post-war setting, but much of the action refers to the Nazi Occupation of Gu ...more
It's told in a series of letters and telegrams between characters, but mostly from the perspective of Juliet Ashton, a journalist and book lover from England, just after the end of WW ...more
I absolutely loved this. I think I’ve avoided it because of the cutesy title, but I’m glad I finally caved.
It’s a delightful story written in an exchange of letters between newspaper columnist Juliet and some residents of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, an island in the English Channel that is closer to France than Great Britain. They are an eccentric lot, to say the least.
During WW2, Juliet wrote a light-hearted newspaper column to keep up British spirits. Meanwhile, during WW2, the islanders wer ...more
The Society came about due to friends being caught out, by the Army, after curfew. These friends had just enjoyed a meal of roasted pig, which was a novelty after the occupation. Not wanting to give the r ...more
A surprise letter from a complete stranger from one of th ...more
Me lo he pasado muy bien leyéndola, hay momentos duros pero realmente toda la lectura desprende un optimismo y un amor por los libros genial.
Tan solo hubiera suprimido tantos líos amorosos.... Ya se sabe que yo muy de romance no soy.
The Art of Letter Writing,
Current Status: Lost
I am sure you must be really surprised to receive this message from me after such a long time. Can you find it in your heart to forgive me for this long absence and absolute neglect or will any reason I give you for this absence be taken as naught but excuses? I have failed and I accept that but you should know that you were never forgotten. In fact, many a times, I thought of writing to you, just like in the old day ...more
I have to admit that I found a few parts to do with the war a little too confronting but over all, the characters lust for life and the pure humanity that simply oozes from the pages of this lovely story had me enthralled from the get go. For anyone who hasn't read this story and would like t ...more
In 2008, a book with a very long and slightly quirky title hit bookstores, penned by writing duo, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, called The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society. Since its release, The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society has been an international bestseller. Long standing fans such as myself (I first read the book in 2010) can finally get excited over the release of the much anticipated film. I exclaimed a great squeal of ...more
E é isso que esta leitura nos provoca; uma sensação de proximidade e de envolvência com a história e as personagens.
O sentido de humor está sempre presente ...more
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