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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
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Apr 29, 10

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Read in March, 2008


Reading this book is like enjoying a cool, refreshing beverage on a hot day.

A witty journalist has entertained a World War II depressed nation with her humorous column in the national newspaper. Post-war, she’s tired of entertaining and seeks inspiration for a more meaningful composition.

She stumbles across ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’, an unconventional book club which was hastily invented by several inhabitants of the German-occupied island to excuse a breach of curfew.

The neighbours had hardly known one another, but now their regular meetings lead them to discover a love for books and the discussions they can inspire, expanding their personal interests and deepening friendships.

The book is written as a collection of letters, and the author’s skill uses them to paint a perfect picture. Perhaps the appeal is in the small, idyllic town setting, or in the nostalgic beauty of the art of letter writing. Or perhaps it’s the refreshing presentation of relationships where flashy glamour is contrasted with the simple beauty of genuine understanding.

It’s only a shame that the author’s recent passing denies us the joy of future stories which were hinted at in this narrative.
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