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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
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Dec 29, 2009

did not like it
Read in July, 2009

** spoiler alert ** After recently reading several heavy tomes, I was ready for a piece of light fiction, but maybe not fiction lite. I will say right away that there are occasional fine moments, such as an episode when a parrot assists in detaining a would-be thief of Oscar Wilde letters. And early on I was readily enticed into the epistolary format and 1946 Guernsey – and at first could hardly put it down.

But then about midway things went flat. Perky Juliet, saintly Elizabeth, mean witch Adelaide, good soldier Christian, and a clutch of Guernsey eccentrics. I kept waiting for one of them to develop as a character. They all remained steadfastly in their 2-dimensional molds.

And the suitor who was just too slick and good looking; it was inevitable that he would be trumped by a literate and kindly pig farmer. I could see that one coming a mile away. I turned a lot of pages wondering how many more epistles it would take until Juliet married Dawsey and adopted Elizabeth’s orphaned child, an unrealistic four-year old endowed with a maturity suitable to a child at least twice that age.

A more rewarding turn in the book’s plot line is that it shows the connections people can and do make over literature. It seemed realistic that people stifled by military occupation might find refuge in a literary society. Moments of seeing people as they shared books were among the best parts. And I enjoyed the loving portrait the authors created of Guernsey.

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Karen I feel your one star rating does not reflect your written review - why so unfair?

message 2: by Sue (new) - rated it 1 star

Sue Maybe I should not have mentioned the few moments I thought had merit. You might have found that misleading. But I really found the book annoying, mostly owing to the lack of character development. A reasonable premise, yes, but the promise was unfulfilled.

Karen Sorry you didn't like the book, Sue! I hope you find one more to your tastes, soon. I still stand by what I said and I just love this book! :-). Thanks for sharing!

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