January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....
As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends - and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island - boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature-lovers all.
Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society's members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.
Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.
©2008 Marry Ann Shaffrer and Annie Barrows; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
There have been works of non-fiction that spoke about the occupation of the British channel islands. But the strength of fiction it gets to the emotions of that occupation, this is a story about how a people copeand live while they were being occupied; and how they healed after the occupation.
The use of different voices makes for a wonderful listen. Lots happen but you do have to listen.
I chose this book because I liked the title (!) and it was a gem. The character development was very good and I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
I loved reading this book, but then discovered it on Audible, and it was even better to hear all the different voices. This is such a sweet, funny, poignant story. I wish there could be a second and a third book.
This is a truly engaging book, and is very well presented in the audio recording. The readers seemed to have genuinely engaged with their characters, and varied the pace of their narration to suit the different tempos of the letters and telegrams. I didn't want it to end!
I really enjoyed the colorful characters this unique story brings to life. Well narrated, it offers a glimpse at life in the small, close-knit community of Guernsey during and after the Second World War. This book thoughtfully explores the unique relationships and circumstances brought about by German occupation. A satisfying read I highly recommend.
I was drawn to this book by the title, and stayed for the story line, the book is very well narrated by a talented cast, all the voices brought out the letters to life. I don't think I would have followed the story as closely if I were reading the book on my own instead of listening to it.
Simply one of the most lovely books I have read or listened to. I couldn't take my earphones out and am now a bit sorry I have raced through it so fast. I will listen to it again. And perhaps I will read it myself in print to savor it slowly.
They story and characters reveal themselves in such a natural way. And the wonderful readers bring and added charm to the telling.
If you want a novel to be all fast-action plot with little character development, you may agree with the reviewer who gave this book only one star. But if you love a thoughtful story with marvelous character development, don't miss The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
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