Thursday, November 12, 2009

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shafer

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way to give this review.

Taking place in England just after WWII has ended, Guernsey is written in an epistolary style, meaning the book is written as letters. The letters, though involving multiple characters, centers on one character an author by the name of Juliet as she finds herself and the inspiration for her next book.

Some may find the epistolary style disjointed and hard to follow. I admit I was skeptical when I first picked up this book. Though I was soon charmed by the authentic, sweet characters who despite living and suffering through the German Occupation have a bright outlook on life.

I worried that there wouldn't be a plot, and the book would be hard to follow because of the letters. For me that wasn't the case. I found the multiple perspectives, while some were more articulate than others, to bring a fresh perspective from many angles to a piece of history you think you know well.

A quick, enjoyable read that I was surprised to find I liked as much as I did.

Next month - Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

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