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Friday, 25 June 2010

Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I picked this book up simply for the title but after having read it I know I'll be reading it again and raving to everyone I meet about it.  Because, in case you couldn't guess, I LOVED it.  This book is for anyone who is interested in letters, literature, Guernsey, people and WWII.

The story is told through a series of letters written to and from many of the characters.  I've always wanted to write a story like this but found diary form hard enough, but this book made it seem easy.  Through the letters, the reader has no option but to become attached to the main character Juliet and the group of friends she makes in Guernsey who make up the society. 

The reader is led through Juliet's story in the present (just after the war) and also Elizabeth's - the creator of the Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society - during the German occupation.  This book was informative and brought the characters and the setting alive in a way that retelling here would not give it any credit so I'll simply say - read it yourself and I promise that you won't be disappointed.

3 comments:

Kess said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this! If you enjoy the epistolary form then you might like 'Where Rainbows End' by Cecelia Ahern. This is a romance novel told in letter form. It's a very light read but highly entertaining. If you haven't read it already then I'll lend it to you

Bethany Mason said...

Thanks hun, I've just started reading 'A place called here' by Cecelia Ahern, it's the first book of hers I've read and I love it - have you read it or do you want to borrow that one as well?

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I am a HUGE reader! So when I hear people talk about books that they love I always add them to my read list!