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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
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I completely echo Sadie on this book. I've been so entrenched in Zombie novels that I sort of forgot what it was like to read something from the living's perspective, and I'm glad I did get back to that. I really like epistolary novels. In fact, I do believe that I wrote a paper in college about the effects and wonder of the epistolary novel and I know that I wrote a 25 page paper junior year in HS that was composed of letters from a soldier in Vietnam War and one who stayed behind (the idealism of a young neo-hippie). Anyway, Guernsey sounds like a charming place, a place I might visit after I swim the Channel. I felt connected to the characters, which in this day and age of novel writing, is not small feat. I cared for Juliet and her future, and granted the ending was a tad predictable, it did not disappoint. This type of novel is a lost art and I highly encourage anyone to pick this novel up and give it a read. It is sort of about WWII, but not in the way you think. It takes place afterwards, and recalls the effect of occupation rather than invasion, camp life/death, sorrow, etc. etc. It is a bright look at what can happen or take place after catastrophe. I really enjoyed how Juliet superimposed herself in the community and took the place (figuratively) of one of the islands champion residents (read to find out). Good stuff (sorry for the rambling review, been up since 330).
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Eric Your review was inspirational! Gob blast your knowledge.


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