I had heard much ado about this book in one of my book clubs. The name Guernsey Literary & Potato peel pie did throw me off initially. I checked some more reviews and it became one of the first book that I downloaded to read on my I-pad (No I didn’t take much to e-reading) and carried it to my 41st bday holiday in a resort. I spent my birthday, reading this book in its entirety and must say the reviews do it justice.
Title: Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
Author: Mary Ann Shaffer
Publication: The Dial Press
Mary Ann Shaffer was a dedicated librarian by profession who began working at Harper & Rows publication as a receptionist and worked her way up to the editor’s chair there. She co-wrote this book with her niece Annie Barrows and it was published post her death.
The novel opens onto the scene of a world waking up to the end of World War II and our heroine is Juliet Ashton – an author who is searching for a topic to write her new book on. She happens to chance upon a letter written by a man unknown to her and who becomes her enthusiastic correspondent as she begins to exchange a series of letters with him.
She learns of the inventive book club The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie society which was conceived on a spur of moment when Elizabeth Mckenna (a native of Guernsey) is caught breaking the curfew by a German patrol along with her cronies. She uses this society as an excuse to be out and about whereas in truth the group had been to a secret dinner to enjoy a forbidden roast pig at a friend’s house.
Juliet begins to search for more information about this society and ends up corresponding with more than one native of Guernsey, each happy to relate to her their life and its events. Slowly she forms a unique bond with the lives of people of Guernsey through their tragic and comic tales. She soon sets out to join them and thus begins her association with many new connections.
Lasting Impression on me:
What I loved most about this book is that is renewed the romance of letter writing for me. I remember as a child I used to love writing letters and would wait for a reply eagerly. The bitter-sweet tale of the lives of people suffering under the German occupation is brought out in a warm and bright light vis-a-vis the letters from the citizens of this small town, These are simple people who through the cruel and hard times, retained their innocence and faith in humanity. There are many comic moments highlighting the eccentricities of the characters and overall the book is humourous and full of wit. Best of all the magic of reading is an ingrained essence of this novel.
No surprises there, its 5 ***** rating for this book. Read it for getting lost in the memories captured via letters and the excitement of opening it for a read. The comic yet warm souls of the Guernsey town will surely gladden the cockles of your hearts.
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