Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Reflection on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
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This novel was such a joy to read. The authors' interesting choice of using a compilation of letters (the more formal term is epistolary) was refreshing and gave the book a very unique perspective. There are certain elements that letters provide that you don't get in the conventional narrative form. I don't remember the last time I wrote a letter, but my guess would be that one would include only bits that were important to them or the reader. This is where each person's individuality shone through. Also, there is no all-knowing narrator, which is common in many books, but there is also no inner dialogue. Everything you're reading is someone's opinion or personal account of an event. This reflects real life a lot and makes the characters seems that much more real.
Along with the quirky, witty, idiosyncratic, lovable characters came a history of an island during the German occupation in the 1940s. It was very eye-opening to read about their hardships and every-day life for 5 years. It made me appreciate what I have and think twice about complaining about my circumstances.
All the members of this society became dear to my heart. You'll love the story of how the society was formed. (No spoilers here.) I loved that the members are so entirely different from one another, yet they are brought together by the thing you and I love most -reading. This book made me realize that everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, is a reader. They just haven't found the book that's right for them. OR, to reiterate the quote above, maybe the right book hasn't found *them* yet.
All in all, this book was a quick read and very enjoyable. I still find myself looking forward to reading it, only to remember that I've finished it.
Love and (a book) light,