Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

Sometimes you pick up a book because of the jacket endorsement, and sometimes because it has a great cover. This one had both.
The novel had high praise from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, and the well-written but not as well-known The Last American Man. "I can't remember the last time I discovered a novel as smart and delightful as this one..... Treat yourself to this book, please - I can't recommend it highly enough."
Also a Heather Reisman pick.
This was an enjoyable read. The historical fiction offered plenty of interesting facts about the occupation of Guernsey during the Second World War. The love story was pleasing, even if it was a bit predictable.
The story is told through a series of letters, a handy device, because it allows the reader to hear many different voices and first-hand accounts, providing a lot of texture as events unfold.
I have to admit it was fun to see which books ended up being which character's favourites, it provided an interesting lens to gain deeper insight into their personalities.
This novel will probably make a lovely Hollywood movie someday, a romantic-historical-comedy-with-bits-of-tragedy-and-a-happy-ending.
All in all, a confection, a nice light read and a story well-told, but not something that is going to change the way you look at the world.

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