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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Written With Warmth And Humor As A Series Of Letters, This Novel Is A Celebration Of The Written Word In All Its Guises, And Of Finding Connection In The Most Surprising Ways 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 London Is Emerging From The Shadow Of The Second World War, And Writer Juliet Ashton Is Looking For Her Next Book Subject Who Could Imagine That She Would Find It In A Letter From A Man She S Never Met, A Native Of The Island Of Guernsey, Who Has Come Across Her Name Written Inside A Book By Charles Lamb As Juliet And Her New Correspondent Exchange Letters, Juliet Is Drawn Into The World Of This Man And His Friends And What A Wonderfully Eccentric World It Is The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society Born As A Spur Of The Moment Alibi When Its Members Were Discovered Breaking Curfew By The Germans Occupying Their Island Boasts A Charming, Funny, Deeply Human Cast Of Characters, From Pig Farmers To Phrenologists, Literature Lovers All Juliet Begins A Remarkable Correspondence With The Society S Members, Learning About Their Island, Their Taste In Books, And The Impact The Recent German Occupation Has Had On Their Lives Captivated By Their Stories, She Sets Sail For Guernsey, And What She Finds Will Change Her Forever Written With Warmth And Humor As A Series Of Letters, This Novel Is A Celebration Of The Written Word In All Its Guises, And Of Finding Connection In The Most Surprising Ways I m in favor of pig farmers as romantic leads parrots named Zenobia who eat cuckoo clocks women who do the askingI m not in favor of strong silent types as romantic leads adorable children parrots gettingpage time than goats Once again I find myself reading ten pages of a book which is meant to be great and wondering why it is just rubbish I was meant to read this for a book club but it was about as palatable as a potato peel pie so I spat it out uneaten.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 Once again I find myself reading ten pages of a book which is meant to be great and wondering why it is just rubbish I was meant to read this for a book club but it was about as palatable as a potato peel pie so I spat it out uneaten.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 just goes clunk clunk clunk.Firstly, it is set in London in 1946 where we meet a fairly posh author who, rather than using the polite and rather stilted language that people used in 1946 sounds like Sex in the City circa 2008.I mean, come on, Mary Ann, have you ever even read a letter from 1946 So, you have letters flying around in 1946 which sound like they were written sixty years later How are you meant to get into this Then of course, a man in Guernsey writes to this author woman, says he has found a book with her name and address written on the flyleaf, there are currently no books in Guernsey, can she procure him some from London Of course the lady author sends this poor man in Guernsey some books and writes him long letters As if.Note to Americans posh English authors in 1946 would not have been quite this effusive to a person who wasn t even a fan of her books Obviously this clunky device is meant to start a stupid story going about this guy in Guernsey telling her all about his experiences when the Nazi s invaded Guernsey Save me All about as authentic as a Hallmark movie about the Nazis.This book reminded me of the children s American Girl series which take periods in history, and have a girl heroine who gives a personal and hightly sanitized view of American history, but does a fairly good job seeing as the audience for these books is 6 to 10 year olds But this book is meant to be for adults Save me This is WWII lite.Take this quote 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 Or maybe someone bought it in a bookshop and took it to Guernsey This sums up the tone of this tome Twee beyond endurance Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush GUSH So yes, clearly I loved this book.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 Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush GUSH So yes, clearly I loved this book.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 might fall in love with this story The book is written entirely in an epistolary format, consisting of letters back and forth between Juliet Ashton, a young author in 1946 London and several of her contacts and friends It is just after WWII and people are trying to reclaim their lives and figure out if and how to move on from the tragedy of the war Juliet receives an unsolicited letter from a man who lives on the island of Guernsey, one of the small islands situated in the English Channel between France and England known for having loose regulations and financial secrecy in the modern world thereby making it attractive to fraudsters, money launderers and criminals, but that has nothing to do with this story and why it is enjoyable, I just couldn t help myself from mentioning it But anyway, Dawsey Adams of Guernsey acquires a used book that had originally been owned by Juliet She had penned her name and address inside the cover and Dawsey decided to write her a letter to share how much he d enjoyed her secondhand book and how reading books had helped several Guernsey residents cope during the time of the German Occupation of their island Before long, Juliet is corresponding regularly with Mr Adams and several other Guernsey residents, all who had been a part of the Literary Society She learns that the Society was initially formed as a front to explain a broken curfew but eventually became a rewarding opportunity to meet with friends and discuss a love of books Eventually, Juliet travels to Guernsey to meet her island pen friends and it was hard for me to put the book down and get any work done The letters back and forth between Juliet and her friends gave the book a personal touch and it felt like we were being given an inside look into these peoples lives I subscribe to the belief that letter writing is a lost art form and appreciate books that are heavy on the letters and found the format enjoyable and easy to approach There is also a very sweet love story in between these pages that made me sigh with contentment when the book ended It was a highly satisfying read and I think that most book lovers would also enjoy this story.Even though most of us don t write letters any, I think we will identify and be attracted to the notion of maintaining a long distance correspondence with someone and developing a friendship with someone we ve never even met hello Anybody chat email with friendly strangers on the internet Juliet becomes quite close to her Guernsey friends and there was one passage in particular when she is finally embarking on her trip to meet her pen friends that rung true for me because it was eerily similar to the thoughts I ve had on the occasion when I ve met net friends who crossed that boundary to become real life friends and it s that, oh god, oh god, oh god, what if we don t like each other What if my words misled them What if I m not as interesting in person as they thought I was onlineAs the mail boat lurched into the harbor, I saw St Peter Port rising up from the sea on terraces, with a church on the top like a cake decoration, and I realized that my heart was galloping As much as I tried to persuade myself it was the thrill of the scenery, I knew better All those people I ve come to know and even love a little, waiting to see me And I, without any paper to hide behind in these past two or three years, I have become better at writing than living On the page, I m perfectly charming, but that s just a trick I learned It has nothing to do with me T least, that s what I was thinking as the mail boat came toward the pier I had a cowardly impulse to throw my red cape overboard and pretend I was someone elseAs if I hadn t already fallen in love with Juliet and her friends by this point, reading that passage actually brought tears to my eyes not even kidding because I knew exactly what she was feeling at that precise moment because I ve been there before So yes, I loved this book It was beautiful and charming and a sheer delight to read However, I think potato peel pie sounds disgusting and I wouldn t want to eat it March 2018 buddy read with Trish, starting now I loved this book it s on my favorites shelf So obviously I recommend it This historical fiction novel is set during and shortly after WWII Through a series of letters this is an epistolary novel , we follow Juliet Ashton, a fairly successful author of a British humor column, who is searching for a new topic to write about, and trying to decide what to do with her life and her boyfriend She gets a letter out of the blue from a man on Guernsey March 2018 buddy read with Trish, starting now I loved this book it s on my favorites shelf So obviously I recommend it This historical fiction novel is set during and shortly after WWII Through a series of letters this is an epistolary novel , we follow Juliet Ashton, a fairly successful author of a British humor column, who is searching for a new topic to write about, and trying to decide what to do with her life and her boyfriend She gets a letter out of the blue from a man on Guernsey Island, Dawsey Adams, who saw her name in a book and thought she might be interested in donatingbooks to their local book club, the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society One letter leads to another, both from Dawsey and others on Guernsey, and gradually Juliet finds outabout her new friends on the island, what they experienced during the German WWII occupation of the island of Guernsey a few years before, and how their book club was formed and got its name.This book includes some fun characters, quite a bit of interesting and sometimes harrowing WWII history, a love for literature, frequent humor, and just a little bit of romance And now I NEED to go read it again This was one of the lovliest books I have ever read I have read many books and seen many movies about World War II, but this one was the best It was so real I felt like I knew the characters and I wanted to run over to Guernsey to meet them in person The stories about their experiences were so touching, not just because they were hard, but because the people were so brave Horrible things happened to them, but I didn t feel traumatized reading about them I felt uplifted at their endurance a This was one of the lovliest books I have ever read I have read many books and seen many movies about World War II, but this one was the best It was so real I felt like I knew the characters and I wanted to run over to Guernsey to meet them in person The stories about their experiences were so touching, not just because they were hard, but because the people were so brave Horrible things happened to them, but I didn t feel traumatized reading about them I felt uplifted at their endurance and hope, and love for each other This book definitely joins the few books on my favorites shelf I seem to have a weakness for books written as letters 7 26 11 re read and it was still lovely I won an ARC of this book either from the NYer or from the publisher I forget which, as it s been sitting around for a while.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 I won an ARC of this book either from the NYer or from the publisher I forget which, as it s been sitting around for a while.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 book writes witty letters, but they are all witty in much the same way The authors have taken pains to write clearly different characters, but their manner of writing letters boils them down to the same soup.I also began to tire of all these characters who are characters As in, Isn t he a character Just too many odd bits of spice milling around.Add to that, the unsatisfactory conclusion, where everything is tied up in the nice pink ribbon of The Happy Ending My disbelief refused to be suspended.Still, if you enjoy a bon mot as much as I do, it s a fun, if frothy, read The words that immediately come to mind when I think of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society are nice, cute and, unfortunately, hokey ishI 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 The words that immediately come to mind when I think of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society are nice, cute and, unfortunately, hokey ishI 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 writer, came to Guersney to visit her pen pals, the whole story just got way too cute for my taste Everyone on the island was so nice, so into doing the right thing, so in love with Juliet, I just couldn t stand it They were not real people Even the dark parts of the novel about the war, occupation, and concentration camps were sort of glossed over.The story simply neededcomplex characters,drama, edgier experiences As is, it is your standard feel good commercial fiction with no depth 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 lettersDear Sidney, 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 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 lettersDear Sidney, 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 example, I will quit trying to be fancy, stop this letter here and write a regular review.A Reader Spoiler Alert Novel written in epistolary format Set in post WWII England.1946.Juliet is a 30 something writer living in London She is like this perfect human being who is universally loved The only people who dislike even the smallest thing about her are the evil people One day she receives a letter from a man living on Guernsey islands who found her address on a second hand book he had Soon Juliet is exchanging letters with the members of Guernsey literary society and people talk about what books they like and why Then suddenly everyone forgets about the books and Guernsey people start sharing their most intimate experiences from the time during the world war with Juliet, who is only a stranger A few weeks later Juliet goes to the Guernsey islands to meet and interview these people Of course everyone there just loves her except the evil woman She stays there for a few months and decides to adopt a four year old orphan girl she met there The girl of course loves Julietthan the people who have raised her And then Juliet marries a pig farmer and settles down on the Guernsey islands.So much for the ridiculous plot I should have just known better, just look at the cheesy title It shouldn t be difficult for a decent writer to develop good characters when using a letter format, since each character gets his her own voice However, all the characters in this book seem to talk in exactly the same manner Be it an accomplished writer from the city of London or farmers from a remote island, their letters sound just the same Irrespective of whether the letters are being written to a close friend or to a complete stranger Almost all of the characters have only a single trait For some of the characters I can t recall even a single distinct characteristic.Mary Ann tries to have everything in one book She has grazed the surface of numerous topics like books, world war, art, nature love, bucolic life, friendship, love, homosexuality, religion and so on None of these getthan a superficial treatment Stories about Nazi occupation of Guernsey don t tell you anything real about the war They just revolve around this saint of a woman who died during the war while trying to show off her heroism To add to this drama, halfway through the book Mary Ann shifted the focus to Juliet trying to decide between different love interests too many people love her, you know Why is this book being marketed a historical novel Another one of those recent successful books that everyone is raving about I don t get it A beautiful book The whole thing is told in letters After WWII the world is trying to recover A young woman, Juliet, wrote funny stories using a pseudonym for the paper to bring up morale They have been published in a book Now she is looking for her next project when she receives a letter from Guernsey 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 A beautiful book The whole thing is told in letters After WWII the world is trying to recover A young woman, Juliet, wrote funny stories using a pseudonym for the paper to bring up morale They have been published in a book Now she is looking for her next project when she receives a letter from Guernsey 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 correspondence between the two about books She learns about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and how it came to be during the five years the island was occupied by German soldiers And decides to write a book about it This is a beautifully written book about the war and how it affected everyone There are horror stories that are heartbreaking and stories of tremendous courage But, mostly stories of survival on both sides of the conflict I recommend the audio The actors are wonderful


About the Author: Mary Ann Shaffer

Mary Ann Shaffer worked as an editor, a librarian, and in bookshops Her life long dream was to someday write her own book and publish it The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was her first novel Unfortunately, she became very ill with cancer and so she asked her niece, Annie Barrows, the author of the children s series Ivy and Bean, as well as The Magic Half, to help her finish the Mary Ann Shaffer worked as an editor, a librarian, and in bookshops Her life long dream was to someday write her own book and publish it The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was her first novel Unfortunately, she became very ill with cancer and so she asked her niece, Annie Barrows, the author of the children s series Ivy and Bean, as well as The Magic Half, to help her finish the book Mary Ann Shaffer died in February 2008, a few months before her first novel was published


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