The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

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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: 9781741751680
9781408810262
Branch Call Number: AF SHAF
Additional Contributors: Barrows, Annie

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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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Perhaps I wasn't in the right mood to read this but after high recommendation to read it I was disappointed . I found it boring reading.

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AConsolver
Sep 06, 2018

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy historical fiction, quirky characters, especially anything taking place during WWII.

This book follows Juliet, a journalist who is searching for a topic for her next book. When she receives a letter from stranger living on the island of Guernsey, they begin an unlikely friendship. As Juliet learns more about Guernsey, and its occupation by the Germans during WWII, she forms attachments to the people living there, and their stories.

I had heard such great things about this book from nearly everyone. I am so glad that I finally got a chance to read it. It is written in letters, which didn't bother me, but did detract just a little from the detail. It was still very vivid though. I loved the stories the characters told, and I really appreciated that this book, while sad, was very hopeful. It had a resilient tone. It was romantic enough, but not too romantic. I'm very excited to see the movie version whenever it is set to release this year. :)

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bookpusher
Sep 04, 2018

This was the September book for my Online book club (Bitter is the New Book Club) and I was bored. Nothing happens in this book and the outcome is so predictable.

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arlenemags
Aug 23, 2018

It a great book and hard to put down book.its a totally different( good different) from the other books I read. i love the fact they correspond through letters. The characters are well thought. i enjoy the book!I’m looking forward to watch the movie in Netflix.i highly recommend a to-read book!

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singidunum_25
Aug 15, 2018

Just finished watching movie on Netflix based on this book and it is adorably cute! I think I will read a book nevertheless....Recomendation for both; you will not regret it!

SPL_Melanie Aug 15, 2018

A lovely book, in a perfectly done epistolary style. Now ripe for the reading again as the new Netflix film has just been released!

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happycanuck
Jun 30, 2018

Brilliant writing with wonderfully dry humour. It takes a couple of chapters to get into the book but well worth doing so.

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Patron3563
Jun 20, 2018

Really enjoyed this novel, well written, entertaining and contained details of the German occupation of Guernsey during the Second World War. Reminded me of 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Haffe.

tomato Jun 13, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyable! I, too, put off reading it for some time, but am very glad I finally did!

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mnack_0
May 21, 2018

Despite the underlying current of Nazi occupation and concentration camps, this little book is upbeat, clever and funny. It has the nostalgic feel of a 1940's movie (think Gary Cooper & Rosalind Russell in "His Girl Friday") complete with rapid fire dialogue and witticisms with heart. I literally found myself laughing out loud. A thoroughly enjoyable read!

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Booksss14
Jan 20, 2018

"There wasn't a one of them who truly loved literature. Because that's what my cookery book was - sheer poetry in a pan." - Clara Saussey

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Jan 20, 2018

"Men are more interesting in books than they are in real life." - Isola Pribby

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"Come quick.... And bring a butcher knife."

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Kemendraugh
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.”

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mking
Aug 24, 2009

"What happens in Guernsey stays in Guernsey."

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