Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

“I am to cover the philosophical side of the debate and so far my only thought is that reading keeps you from going gaga.”

―  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Author: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Publication Date: May, 2009

ISBN: 978-0385341004

In 1946,writer Juliet Ashton starts correspondence with the members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, founded during World War II.  Juliet is intrigued by the history of the German occupation of Guernsey, about the terrible deprivation but also by determined spirit of the islanders.

A close friendship develops and Juliet even ends up spending the summer on Guernsey.

The story is written in epistolary style, and not only tells the sad history of World War II but also how the Islanders pick up their lives after the war. There is horror and grief but also witty cleverness, friendship, romance and humor.

This book is wonderful and even better as an audiobook, read so beautifully by a team of great voice actors.

In 1946, begint schrijver Juliet Ashton een briefwisseling met de leden van de

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, opgericht gedurende de tweede Wereldoorlog. Juliet is gefascineerd door de geschiedenis van de Duitse bezetting van Guernsey, door de verschrikkelijke ontberingen maar ook door het vastbesloten doorzettingsvermogen van de eilanders.

Er ontstaat een warme vriendschap en Juliet gaat zelfs de zomer doorbrengen op Guernsey.

Het verhaal is in briefstijl geschreven en vertelt niet alleen de trieste geschiedenis van de tweede wereldoorlog maar ook hoe de eilanders hun leven weer oppikken na de oorlog. Er is afschuw en verdriet maar ook geestige slimmigheid, vriendschap, romantiek en humor.

Dit is een prachtig boek en zelfs nog beter als je er naar luistert in de Engelse versie,  zo mooi voorgelezen door een team van de beste Engelse stemmen acteurs.

Dit boek is vertaald onder de titel :’Het Literaire Aardappelschiltaart Genootschap Van Guernsey’.

Love and Liefs, Johanna.



11 thoughts on “Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

  1. This sounds like an interesting reading! And I learnt that the island had been under the Nazi occupation, which I wasn’t aware of. Apparently its name is of Old Norse origin.
    Thanks for sharing! Hugs

    • Yes, I have this book in my list of favorites and often listen to again when driving or knitting. It still makes me cry and laugh!The Norse origin would not surprise me, it used to belong to Normandy. Hugs to you too!

  2. Please let me know what you thought of it! When I worked at the library this book was always my first answer to the question: ‘ do you know a good read?’ : I have yet meet the first person who did not like this book!

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