Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Book - Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Through letters between friends, old and new, there is a picture created of life after the war.
France, England and an island named Guernsey (part of the English Channel Islands) had started to re-build, but a lack of books to read on Guernsey instigated one man (Dawsey Adams) to write a letter to a woman (Juliet Ashton) and inquire about an author that he had come to enjoy. Reading of the need for books and how the book group he was a part of had gotten started was enough inspiration for a Juliet, a writer herself, to take interest in the small group know as the Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society. Traveling to Guernsey, Juliet just fell in love with the island, the sea around it and of course the people. They seemed to take to her too. With the letters and telegrams still traveling, the picture of how Juliet became a part of the Guernsey literary society.

I struggled with this at first, tried - put it down, picked it up and tried again. Finally after some time I was able to see the characters and see their personalities and characteristics. With such short letters (some times only a few words), it takes more time to even remember who is who. Once the characters show themselves, (especially Juliet, Sidney and Dawsey) it is easy enough to create that picture, even with limiting the story only to the letters. A touching and some times obvious tale about the strength each of them had to carry on, after everything. At times I was not sure if this was fiction or a real collection of letters compiled to tell the story, but I do see now why this is such a highly recommended book. ( )

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