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.
Beautiful, moving, funny
A handful of characters, really can not choose. Some quirky, some endearing, some annoying but were comedy relief.
Absolutely-found it very hard to get anything else do! Really grabbed my attention, felt lost in the sto, which I just love from a story.
I am not an Anglophile so really hesitated to buy this book; I will seek out stories about Scotland or Ireland over one about England every time. But I am so glad I choose this one! The characters felt so true to life, quirks and lesser qualities along worth their qualities. I enjoyed learning a part of World War history I did not know about. It is a story I look forward to listening to again.
For a long time I judged this book unfairly by it's peculiar title. Oh, I am so glad I finally sidestepped the title and just jumped in for a listen. As the quirky characters are peeled back and the story unfolds, I am reminded that people are just people--and I would want these for my friends too.
My mother has recommended many books to me over the last few years and I am ashamed to say that I haven't read any of them, except for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. While we don't normally share a common appreciation for literature (she likes gritty true-to-life stories and I like happy fiction), we both loved this book. My dad even liked it so much that when their road trip ended but the book hadn't, he sat down in the living room to finish it.
Being in epistle form, this book is slow to start. You don't have the advantage of a narrator to give exposition or character information, but if you can hang on for the first 20 minutes, you'll find it worth your while. Each letter is identified at the start with the writer and recipient and, with different narrators for the different characters, I never had to waste time trying to figure out who was speaking. The ending was a bit fast, but as there is no way to narrate in the moment in epistle form, it still worked out wonderfully.
What didn't I like about this story. It's uplifting, it's sad but most of all it speaks to the human spirit during a horrible time in history.
When Juliet proposes to Dawsey at the end.
Definately, I did not want the story to end. It took me several days to break the hold this story had on me.
The performers well and truly fit their roles. This book is a compilation of letters that reveal life during the German occupation of the Channel Islands during WWII. It is historical, interesting, poignant and reflective of influences and motivations that affected Britian at that time. Although not a true romance, thank goodness, there is a romantic hue.
My favorite character is the one who is missing. When you hear it, you will understand.
The narrators allow you to visualize people, see colors and smell the land.
There were times my eyes were moist, and my breath was deep.
The audiobook really draws you into the story! It's easy to visual the characters and their story!
This does a great job of telling the WWII story for a new point of view. The story of the Tolt workers broke my heart!
Great book! Can listen to it over and over again!
The book is written in letter form. Listening to this book and having the letters read by the "person" really brings the book to life!!
Just realized that I re-listen to this story whenever I have a few minutes between other books. The readers change with each narrator, which is easily done because it is comprised of a series of wonderful letters between strangers--who quickly become friends.
It made me both laugh and cry. I loved the build-up in the romantic side-story and loved the ending as well.
When I finished listening to these wonderful letters, I sat down and wrote a letter to my own sister. The book just made me appreciate how wonderful real letters could be.
This book is very well written to be as good a read as it is with the format used. The characters are well formed and the story is engaging. The performance really enhances the enjoyment!
The main character is so well drawn that she feels like a good friend.
Despite the title, the book was a breath of fresh air. I didn't know how the novel could be good given that it was written completely in letter form, but it worked. My faith was somewhat restored after finishing this, in the belief that stories could be somewhat wholesome/innocent and still very entertaining. There are no children fighting to the dealth or vampires or sex, it's just a simple story about the war and a town called Guernsey. I really enjoyed it!
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