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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (original 2008; edition 2010)

by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

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Member:kkb
Title:The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Authors:Mary Ann Shaffer
Other authors:Annie Barrows
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:2013, Library Book, Guernsey

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (2008)

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Juliet Ashton is a writer who spent WWII writing a light-hearted column for a London newspaper which has now been collected, after the war, into a book by her publisher and friend, Sidney Stark. While on a book signing tour, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands. Dawsey has found a book which used to belong to Juliet, and he requests the name of a bookseller in London so that he can purchase new books, there being no supply of new books on the island. Guernsey was occupied by the Nazis for most of the war and was cut-off from Britain and news of the outside world. During the war, Dawsey and his friends, including Elizabeth McKenna, started the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, initially as an excuse to hide the eating of an illegal pig from the Nazis. It soon bloomed into much more and became one of the reasons for their survival. Juliet starts to correspond with Dawsey and his friends, initially for journalistic purposes, but she finally visits Guernsey and finds more than she expected.

This book is written as a series of letters between Juliet, her friend and publisher, Sidney and his sister, Juliet's best friend, and the members of the Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society. Through the letters, we learn what the Society and reading books meant to its members, and how it helped them survive the war. The style is very reminiscent of 84, Charing Cross Road. The letters allow us to get to know not only the members of the Society but also Juliet as well, as we watch her grow and change as the members affect her life and vice versa. Although it is set a year or so after the end of WWII, there are quite a few direct reminiscences about the war. A subplot of the story is that of the life of Elizabeth McKenna, who was sent by the Nazis to Ravensbrueck shortly before the end of the war.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I knew in passing that the Channel Islands had been taken over by the Nazis during the war, but I had not really thought about what that entailed. The Islands, although a part of the UK, are self-ruled, but they depend on the UK for many of the necessities of life. I found it interesting that even though the Nazis occupied Guernsey, they too were starving toward the end of the war. It may deliver a history lesson, but it is also a sometimes joyous, often poignant peek into the lives of Juliet and the Society members.

I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially those who enjoy historical fiction. ( )
  rretzler | May 15, 2017 |
A charming novel of written correspondence between the spunky writer Juliet, her close friends in war-decimated London, and various members of the mysterious literary society of Guernsey. An unexpectedly lighthearted but honest story of World War II and the resilience of those whose home was occupied by the Germans. Uplifting despite a dark topic and peppered throughout with literary references and the antics of a variety of lively characters. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
I didn't think I'd like a book told compelety through correspondence, but it was almost effortless. It did take a little work to keep the characters straight at first, but after a while each voice became distinct. It was a wonderful slice of history, and a very creative way to create characters, each with his or her own point of view, background and tale to tell. ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
During World War II Londoner Juliet Ashton wrote a lighthearted column under the name Izzy Bickerstaff. Now it is January 1946 and she is looking for a new topic to write on under her own name. A letter of inquiry from a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society grabs her attention. As her correspondence with various members of the book club grows Juliet learns more about their experiences in Guernsey during the German occupation from 1940-1945. She determines to visit and their finds new inspiration and a new life away from war ravaged London. Written as a series of letters, the warmth of the characters and the joy of their friendship and survival shines through in this novel. Heartwarming. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | May 6, 2017 |
Audiobook people! If you are deciding on a medium, or have read this in print, for the love of all literary holiness, audiobook! I had this on my TBR list for months, bought the print version in hardback, I was that sure I'd love it, and then not one, but two false starts. I refused to give up. The audiobook simply brought everything to life in a way that I was having trouble putting together. I became so invested in everyone on Guernsey and could not wait to hear more about each character as the story unfolded. High, high praises for this book! I have not stopped recommending to friends, family, strangers. Five plus stars! ( )
  CMDH5 | May 3, 2017 |
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"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," written by the late Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece, children's author Annie Barrows, stays within modest bounds, but is successful in ways many novels are not. This book won't change your life, but it will probably enchant you. And sometimes that's precisely what makes fiction worthwhile.
 
he Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society commemorates beautiful spirits who pass through our midst and hunker undercover through brutal times. Shaffer's Guernsey characters step from the past radiant with eccentricity and kindly humour, a comic version of the state of grace. They are innocents who have seen and suffered, without allowing evil to penetrate the rind of decency that guards their humanity.
 
You could be skeptical about the novel's improbabilities and its sanitized portrait of book clubs (doesn't anyone read trashy thrillers?), but you'd be missing the point. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a sweet, sentimental paean to books and those who love them.
 

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Lovingly dedicated to my mother, Edna Fiery Morgan,
and to my dear friend Julia Poppy

—M. A. S.
And to my mother, Cynthia Fiery Barrows
—A. B.
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8th January, 1946

Mr. Sidney Stark, Publisher
Stephens & Stark Ltd.
21 St. James's Place
London S.W.1
England

Dear Sidney,

Susan Scott is a wonder. We sold over forty copies of the book, which was very pleasant, but much more thrilling from my standpoint was the food. Susan managed to procure ration coupons for icing sugar and real eggs for the meringue. If all her literary luncheons are going to achieve these heights, I won't mind touring about the country. Do you suppose that a lavish bonus could spur her on to butter? Let's try it—you may deduct the money from my royalties.
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Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books. -Isola Pribby
Men are more interesting in books than they are in real life. -Isola Pribby
Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true. -Juliet
I can't think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can't talk to, or worse, someone I can't be silent with. -Juliet
I think you learn more if you're laughing at the same time. -John Booker
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Beginning at the end of WW2, this book is told through the form of letter between writer Juliet Ashton and her friends. Juliet initially receives a letter from a man on the island of Guernsey asking for more books. She becomes so in love with stories and descriptions of life in Guernsey that she decides to go herself. Through the letters she sends home and the letters from her new friends the stories of people's lives are revealed. This book points out that the lives of people were more important than the formality of the writing.

This book may not have the most literary value bu there were so many allusions to books that I couldn't keep track. It made me realize that I had really not read that many books. It also was a book that made me want to learn more about people and not just be content with what's on the surface. The people in Guernsey were just so interesting.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385341008, Paperback)

January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton 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 of a society as extraordinary as its name.

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As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey--a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.… (more)

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