The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Into the Wild

Read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Online Free - “ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” 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.



Title : The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
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ISBN : 0385340990
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 274 pages


Reviews


Linda rated it ★★★★★

July 29, 2008

Several years ago, I worked at an art gallery here in Anchorage. Though I loved the art, I wasn’t much good at selling it. More often than not, I just chatted up the customers, who were from all over the world. One night, four elderly people wandered in. They told me they were from a tiny island o...


Megha rated it ★☆☆☆☆

April 09, 2009

Dear Mary Ann Shaffer, I recently read your book 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'. It brought a few questions to my mind. Juliet writes in one of her letters: "Dear Sidney, What an inspired present you sent kit - red satin tap shoes covered with sequins" Didn't Sidney know what p...


Emma rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 08, 2008

Once again I find myself reading ten pages of a book which is meant to be 'great' and wondering why it is just rubbish. I was meant to read this for a book club but it was about as palatable as a potato peel pie so I spat it out uneaten. Now, I'm sure there are American authors who can write in an...


Beth F. rated it ★★★★★

November 26, 2008

Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush!!! GUSH!!!!! So yes, clearly I loved this book. I think the only person I wouldn’t recommend this book to is one of those people who only read meaty tomes that might give regular people a brain embolism while they’re trying to make sense of the 17 different...


Alisa rated it ★★★☆☆

December 03, 2013

I'm in favor of: -pig farmers as romantic leads -parrots named Zenobia who eat cuckoo clocks -women who do the asking I'm not in favor of: -strong silent types as romantic leads -adorable children -parrots getting more page time than goats


Cayenne rated it ★★★★★

July 27, 2011

This was one of the lovliest books I have ever read. I have read many books and seen many movies about World War II, but this one was the best. It was so real. I felt like I knew the characters and I wanted to run over to Guernsey to meet them in person. The stories about their experiences were s...


Ruth rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 17, 2008

I won an ARC of this book either from the NYer or from the publisher. I forget which, as it's been sitting around for a while. This epistolary novel is something I should have loved. I generally like novels in letters, it’s almost like peering into lighted windows at night as you pass, sewing the...


Tatiana rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 14, 2011

The words that immediately come to mind when I think of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society are nice, cute and, unfortunately, hokey(ish). I certainly understand its popularity (#4 most popular book of 2007 on Goodreads!). There is a distinct air of wholesomeness, inoffensiveness ab...


La Petite Américaine rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 18, 2016

This book is boring, predictable, and pointless. Maybe the kind of thing that charms the sentimental. It's a series of letters in post WWII England between an author facing writers block and an island community who formed a book club during the German occupation. Eventually we meet the characters...


Laura rated it ★★★★☆

September 25, 2008

A friend gave this to me with the recommendation, “You’ll LOVE this – it sounds like you!” I assume she meant because the main character is a witty book lover, not because she’s a critical spinster. I don’t dare ask. At any rate, this is easily one of the most charming books I’ve read in a while....





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