Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


You must read this book.  I adored it.  100%, not a thing I didn't like about it.  It's written entirely in letter form, making it a quick read.  It reminded me a bit (though not based on content, just characters alone) of the movie Cold Comfort Farm.  The book is set in London and Guernsey, post WWII.

Juliet is a writer.  Smart, funny and rife with a dry sense of humor.  I loved her.  Sidney is her best friend and editor (Sophie is Sidney's sister, and is also a BFF of Juliet).  And then there are the residents of Guernsey...Isola, Dawset, Eben, Will, Kit, Amelia.  One more interesting than the next.  I loved them all.  Kit's a little girl who's favorite game is "Dead Bride".  Sweet and morbid all at once.  I could just picture her wrapped up in lace jumping out of hampers.

This was one of those books that I simply did not want to end.  And now I don't know what to do with myself tonight.  I sort of don't want to read any of the 95 books by my bed because I'm afraid they won't be up to snuff.

Here are a few of my favorite lines from the book:
Letter from Isola to Juliet:
"I do not have a pleasing apperance.  My nose is big and was broken when I fell off the hen-house roof.  One eyeball skitters up to the top, adn my hair is wild and will not stay tamped down.  I am tall and built of big bones.

Letter from Juliet to Sidney:
"My neighbor Evangeline Smythe is going to have twins in June.  She is none too happy about it, so I am going to ask her to give one of them to me."

Letter from Juliet to Sidney:
"What an inspired present you sent Kit - red satin tap shoes covered with sequins.  Wherever did you find them?  Where are mine?"

Truly - pick up a copy.  It was marvelous!

Have a great week!! xoxo

2 comments:

ame said...

I LOVELOVELOVE YOU. I WILL READ THIS BOOK ONLY BC YOU TOLD ME TO!!! :-)with Baba starting school soon...yeahhh! i may have time to read!!!! wahooo!

Jenny said...

Ame doll you will LOVE this book. Oh how I miss you!!! Xo. Come home soon. Love you, love you!!!