Saturday, September 27, 2008

Can you imagine eating only potatoes or turnips for more than 4 years? Read who had to do this and why...

How long has it been since you enjoyed a book so much, you didn’t want it to end? That is what you will feel like when you read “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”.
The entire book is written in letters to various characters. Although it begins in London, 1946, you are transported back through these letters and the experiences of the writers, to when the Germans invaded and occupied the islands and in particular the island of Guernsey, for 5 years during WWII.

Map of Channel Islands, just north of the French Coast

I felt I really got to know each of the main characters, through their letters to each other, and how they managed to survive their awful experiences during the war, sometimes through VERY funny ways. The Literary society was one of those funny ways and it continued after the war was over.

Germans boats on the shore of the island

If you enjoy funny, touching, and even a little romance thrown in you will love this book and you will also learn quite a bit. Although the book is Fiction, the authors reseached used actual experiences of the islanders that have been recorded for the events in the book.

Port St. Peter on Guernsey where the Germans landed

This is one you will not want to put down and especially not want it to end. If you have read it already, leave a comment or review for others to read also.