Sunday, February 1, 2009


I finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows) a few days ago. I can't remember where I first heard about it, it was a little obscure source, it certainly wasn't as if it was an Oprah pick, and then I kept hearing about it from very different people. At my last trip to the library I checked the shelves just in case, and there it was. It is a beautiful novel, the worse I can say is that perhaps it is a little predictable. It's a mix of romance, humor and war. The authors describe some of the atrocities brought by the occupation of the Second World War without wallowing it. We forget how much we have, in the times we live in. Living without flour seems so far from where we are, having your basic rights suspended seems impossible, turning over your possessions to soldiers seems like fiction. Unfortunately it wasn't and it isn't in some parts of the world right now. And I do like a good ending. In this case it was not just the details of the ending, it was the style it was written in, pure pleasure to read.


Beth said...

I saw this book on Amazon - one of those messages: "Elisabeth, if you liked those books, may we recommend...."
Now that I know you enjoyed it, I'll check it out.

Snap said...

This book is on my TBR list ...the list that seems to clone itself. Ah, well ... what's the saying ... can't die until I've read all the books on my to be read list???!!!!! Did you know we are immortal?

Yo to Riley--