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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (original 2008; edição 2009)

por Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

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As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey--a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.
Título:The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Autores:Mary Ann Shaffer
Outros autores:Annie Barrows
Informação:Dial Press (2009), Edition: 1st Thus., Paperback, 290 pages
Colecções:Lidos mas não possuídos
Etiquetas:Channel Islands, Guernsey, WWII, book club

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society por Mary Ann Shaffer (2008)

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I love my book club. The people in it are smart and funny, and I get to read and discuss books that I would not read otherwise. But, wow, this one was a waste of time. It is predictable, annoying, the characters are all one dimensional, stereotyped, heck, the characters are interchangeable – one sounds just like the other.

This is one of those books that it so bad, it get me thinking that I should attempt to write one too. If someone can get published and become a bestseller with books like this, why can’t I?


I am just back from my book club discussion on this book. I have to say that I am still completely surprised by the fact that I was the only one there that did not like it – and I felt like a pariah because of it too. Some of the people in the club at times have been very critical of poor writing, but tonight they all seemed to have forgiven the author of this awful book on the merits of the story being told.

So, as I sit here thinking about their reaction and mine, I came up with a couple of truths: first, I am becoming adamant about the literary quality of a book, so much so that I may have to rethink even my membership to this group, or at least plan to avoid the discussion if and when another similar book is chosen. Second, that – and this is the epiphany of the night – that people, even very intelligent and well read people, are willing to forgive implausible plots and stereotyped characters if a book speaks enough to their heart. I loathed the book, but still have to give it to the authors that many have been touched by it.

Apparently, what it says about me is that I am a heartless human being, and hard-nosed about a certain literary quality too.

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  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
Read for book group. I loved that it was told through letters and other correspondence. I also liked how open the main character was to experiencing life through the words of the people of Guernsey, and then going there herself to experience it first-hand. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
Catchy title. One of my oldest TBR books.
Thankfully, 2020 PopSugar Reading Challenge has a prompt about a book club.
I find it touching, inspiring and humorous.
Hope the movie won't disappoint.
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  DzejnCrvena | Apr 2, 2021 |
The sign of a good book-you stay up into the wee small hours to finish it. Exactly what I did with this last night. It may not be great literature but it made me feel good. What more can you ask? But by no means is it all light and frothy. Every now and then as characters look back to events of WW 2 something horrific the inhabitants of Guernsey had to endure during the German occupation is revealed. ( )
  Patsmith139 | Mar 15, 2021 |
One of my fabulous (and now unfortunately prior) coworked insisted that I watch the film of this book (she had me at WWII historical book club) and since it very much lived up to her stellar review I had to read the book as well. I can't really say whether the book or the film was better in this specific situation (a rarity, I know), but I did feel like the book had a bit more room to expand on the story. Once I settled into the unfamiliar pattern of reading a story told almost entirely through letters (and one small piece of diary entries) the cast of characters began to emerge splendidly. The actors portraying them in the film were lovely, but we get much more into some of their quirks and we get to explore the protagonist, Juliet's, writing style first hand. The film does simplify somewhat to emphasize the growing romance between Juliet and Dawsey, but we get much more back story to her prior relationship with Mark (ugh, glad she dumped him) as well as with Sydney and his sister. The other weakness of the film, having slightly less to do with discussing how the people of Guernsey dealt with the German occupation, was definitely rectified in the novel, as there are more characters who share their stories with Juliet and we get to hear first hand about her research as well. The book deals much more with the concentration camps that some of the characters spend time in as well (having been left out of the fiilm, excepting Elizabeth), which defintiely provides the book with some much-needed grounding to balance what could be viewed as a simple story about a swept-away writer.

What charmed me most about both the book and the movie, though, was the fact that once I started reading it we seemed to stumble upon more people who had previously read the book! Like the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society our little group organically grew as we started chatting about our favourite parts of the story. Now maybe we should go and form an impromptu book club as well! ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
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"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," written by the late Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece, children's author Annie Barrows, stays within modest bounds, but is successful in ways many novels are not. This book won't change your life, but it will probably enchant you. And sometimes that's precisely what makes fiction worthwhile.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society commemorates beautiful spirits who pass through our midst and hunker undercover through brutal times. Shaffer's Guernsey characters step from the past radiant with eccentricity and kindly humour, a comic version of the state of grace. They are innocents who have seen and suffered, without allowing evil to penetrate the rind of decency that guards their humanity.
adicionada por passion4reading | editarThe Guardian, Stevie Davies (Aug 8, 2008)
You could be skeptical about the novel's improbabilities and its sanitized portrait of book clubs (doesn't anyone read trashy thrillers?), but you'd be missing the point. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a sweet, sentimental paean to books and those who love them.
adicionada por Shortride | editarThe Washington Post, Wendy Smith (Aug 3, 2008)
Great job author, I really like your writing style. I suggest you join Novel Star’s writing competition this April.
adicionada por JewelBonney2888 | editarNovelStar

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Susan Scott is a wonder. We sold over forty copies of the book, which was very pleasant, but much more thrilling from my standpoint was the food. Susan managed to procure ration coupons for icing sugar and real eggs for the meringue. If all her literary luncheons are going to achieve these heights, I won't mind touring about the country. Do you suppose that a lavish bonus could spur her on to butter? Let's try it—you may deduct the money from my royalties.
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