The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

Book - 2008
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"A glorious, gorgeous, completely irresistible novel, Guernsey will win hearts everywhere. An affecting, emotional epistolary novel recalling the charm and warmth of 84 Charing Cross Road and the gentle wit of Alexander McCall Smith, Guernsey tells the story of a small group of neighbors on the island of Guernsey off the coast of England. A pig farmer, an elegant lady, a potion maker, a rag and bone man, a footman posting as a lord who survive the Nazi occupation in the Second World War by gathering over humble potato peel pie to talk of Shakespeare, Chaucer, and the great novels. With the war over, Juliet, an eager writer from London, uncovers just how dramatic the lives of these islanders really were during the war, and through them, discovers the drama in her own life. Guernsey is a real gem of a novel. It's that rare thing: a small story, simply told, that contains within it enormous depth and heart. Completely accessible and immediately captivating, the characters are nothing short of enchanting. Gloriously honest, moving, sweet and funny, a sheer delight from beginning to end, this is truly a book to fall in love with."
Publisher: London : 2008. Bloomsbury,
ISBN: 9781408810262
Branch Call Number: AF SHAF
Additional Contributors: Barrows, Annie


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This is a lovely book told in the form of letters. The subject is World War II and the stories about the character's experiences are touching, difficult and show immense courage. Overall the book is a treat and leaves you feeling full of hope and wanting to meet the characters of Guernsey and bey... Read More »

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LoganLib_Phoebe May 07, 2018

A bright beautiful, page turner of a book that explores the experiences of the people who lived on the Channel Islands under Nazi occupation.

A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

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Dec 10, 2018

As good as everyone says it is.

Dec 04, 2018

This is a delightfully quirky book that I loved reading. In fact I had a very hard time putting it down. This is a must read. The fact that Guernsey Island suffered so much during WW2 is really an eye opener. I never knew that the Germans occupied the Channel Islands and that reality was never mentioned during my school days. What a shame.

Nov 11, 2018

What a treat this book is! I literally had to force myself to put it down from time to time because I had to eat or go to sleep. There is nothing new that I can say, it' s such a good book, really! For once, the review tell the truth: it is heart-warming, funny, sad, you just want it to go on and on forever. The only tiny thing that I didn't like, because it seemed a bit forced, was the letter at the end (supposedly written by a great author, I am not going to say anything else). But on the other hand, the whole story is a sort of fairy-tale, so why not? Get this book, and enjoy every page of it!

Nov 07, 2018

This is a lovely read and the movie on Netflix does it justice.

This engaging story is shaped through letters written from various characters’ points of view. A well-travelled book launches witty and sparkling Juliet’s acquaintance with the residents of Guernsey Island, who then write back to Juliet about the Island’s occupation by the Germans during World War II. Lively stories of small rebellions are interspersed with Islander’s sobering reflections of difficult times. When Juliet goes to visit the island, fast friends are made and Juliet makes surprising discoveries which are to change her life forever. Packed with fascinating characters, this book comes to an end all too quickly for my liking. (submitted by library customer SS)

Oct 21, 2018

4.75 STARS!!

(Edited addition to review: I viewed the movie after reading the book and the cinematic changes they made to the story line and characters changed the story dramatically in my opinion. Although not a horrible movie, the book is infinitely better and I highly recommend it over the Netflix Original.)

*Sigh* There are so many adjectives to describe this epistolary tale - Witty, heartbreaking, quirky, tragic, and romantic. Above all, heartwarming.

Because there are so many characters within this story, it took some great concentration in the first 10-20 pages in order to identify and keep track of everyone. After that, I had a hard time putting the story down. Although this is a fictional account of Guernsey Island inhabitants during and immediately after the German occupation of the island during WW2, the actual occupation was based on fact. I found myself intrigued and wanting to know even more about the actual occupation, as well as more specific timelines in regards to encroaching allied forced and liberation. Beside my non-fiction interest, the fictional account was just as enthralling. My one qualm is my desire for more story. It's difficult to elaborate on all aspects of a story when told exclusively in letters. Therefore, the reader has to sometimes make leaps in their mind as to what transpired between letters. Although, not often, I felt like I wanted more facts that a letter simply could not give me. Not surprising, since I'm a reader that enjoys lots of details. My love for the overall story doesn't waiver due to that aspect and I highly recommend the read.

I spent equal time listening to the audio production and it was excellent. Rather than 1 or maybe 2 narrators, this audio had multiple narrators voicing the different characters as they read their letters. The different accents and inflections gave an authentic feel to each character. Well done.

Oct 19, 2018

An engrossing WWII fictionalized account of Germany's occupation of Guernsey, told in letters. My husband watched the Netflix film version and loved it. I prefer reading over watching any day, but it's nice to know that there will be more fans of the Literary Society because of it.

Oct 18, 2018

A fantastically heartfelt novel that I would recommend to anyone; a novel I can easily see myself coming back to read time and time again. The fact that it is written solely in letters back and forth between the characters makes the realness come to life and makes you feel all of the pain, hardships, and joys that they are all feeling post war. The characters are all uniquely wonderful and the story-line keeps you turning the pages as fast as you can. Truly a grippingly beautiful piece of literature.

ReadingAdviser_Lori Oct 16, 2018

I've been meaning to read this book for years! I finally read it after visiting the Churchill War Rooms in London. This novel really brought a unique female perspective about how World War II affected people's lives both during and after the war.

Oct 09, 2018

Loved this one so much. Told through a series of letters, it's beautiful historical fiction.

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Apr 16, 2010

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”

Aug 24, 2009

"What happens in Guernsey stays in Guernsey."

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