Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Reflection on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

"Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”

Click here to read the blurb on Goodreads.

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,



  1. I read this for a book club in January and loved it too! I liked how the author contrasted the inhumane crimes of the war with the lengths a town will go to to help and support each other. So much compassion was shown by the really is a feel-good novel.

  2. It's good to know I'm not the only one who has those moments where I look forward to continuing with a book only to suddenly recall I finished reading it already. :)

  3. "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"
    - What a beautiful sentiment. I think this is a great way to look at books/reading. Hopefully we as book bloggers can help people find that book that's the right fit :)

  4. I really, really liked this book when I read it last year! The characters were really wonderful!

  5. I love it when you get a book that you wish would keep going. I haven't read this one. I have to admit I didn't fancy it when it first came out. I liked your review though and I think I will add it to my TR list.

  6. I seem to be the only person who wasn't particularly impressed by this book. Glad you enjoyed it though

  7. After I read a library copy of thi one, I immediately put it on my to-buy list. Hopefully, I'll get to reread it soon. It's truly a lovely novel!


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