Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

From the book website: 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.

What a delightful book. I am not the only one enchanted by the folk of the Channel Islands; I had two different friends pass this book on to me and it has been all over the blogs. the site that is linked above has all sorts of good stuff to explore if you are interested.

This period of history, World War II, has fascinated me since I was about eleven or twelve and read both The Diary of Anne Frank and Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place. But as I get older, I realise that there is still more for me to discover about the time period. I didn't know about the part the Channel Islands played in the war. The residents evacuation of their children, the occupation by the Germans, and their near starvation as a result were all new information. The story is balanced by the romance and friendships of the main character Juliet so that it is both sad and joyful at times. The humor throughout was delightful. I loved the people and was sad to have the book end.

This is one of the books on my list for Fall Into Reading 2009. Click on the logo to see my progress.


bermudaonion said...

I loved this book too - I've wanted to go to Guernsey ever since I read it.

alisonwonderland said...

I also found this one to be delightful! Good job on making progress on your Fall into Reading list!

Meg said...

I didn't know anything at all about the Channel Islands before starting this book -- or even where they were located! :) I was glad the book included a map! Definitely displaying my ignorance there.

But this book was outstanding -- totally enchanting. I feel like a better reader -- and person! -- for having experienced it!

Pattie said...

I just finished this lovely book tonight. LOVED IT!