The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
ISBN: 9780747590644 Global Overview for this book
21 journalers for this copy...
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Popped in the post to HED.
Blurb from the back:
It's January, 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton sits at her cluttered desk in London, struggling to find a subject for her next book. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from one Dawsey Adams who, as well as sharing her love of Charles Lamb, is a member of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, set up in secret during the German Occupation. It's not long before Juliet begins to hear from the other members and discovers that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name. There's Isola, who sells love potions along with her vegetables; Eben, a fisherman with a passion for Shakespeare; Will, the creator of the famous potato peel pie; and Dawsey himself, a bashful farmer with a tender heart. As the letters fly back and forth, Juliet's curiousity turns into genuine affection, and the founding member of the society, who fell in love with a German officer and was sent away to concentration camp,leaving her only child behind.
I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true.
I would really like to do a Bookray/ring with this as so many people want to read it, but there are a couple of (longish) rings out there at the moment and I wouldn't want to step on anyone's tootsies, so I'm hanging onto it for the moment.
1. Please journal the book when you receive it (and pm the next on the list for address to save delays later)
2. Then please journal it again when you've read it.
3. Finally, please journal it when you've posted it.
That way I can keep track of where it's going, or if it gets stuck anywhere and let you know. I'll pop a list on my bookshelf, so you can easily see who is next on the list to send it to. Hope the shipping order suits you all, let me know if not and hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I did. Have fun on your journey little book! Oh and I thought it would be nice to add that if you can possibly read it within 30 days and then pass it on, that would be great then the others won't have to wait toooooo long.
mucker28 (UK) <------- to be skipped
imawinn2 (USA) - added 26 May 2009 <------- book is here 22 December 2009 - Merry Christmas one and all!
Cinderess (UK) added 21 June 2009
then finally back to me
Edited 4 June 2010 to say that this little book completed its travels successfully thanks to you all, and ended up back with the-pilots-wife who passed it on to her mum, GrannyJulie, who posted it onto chocdrop in Derby, who has now sent it on to lilac-lovely in Leicestershire - who knows where it will go next? thanks one and all for making this Bookring so successful, if only they all went this well!
Thanks everyone, look forward to seeing your Journal Entries and what you think of the book! See here for more info on Guernsey during The Occupation.
Hurrah, this fab little book will be winging its way round to waderwoman's house this merry morn! First stop on its journey around the world!
Edited to say that it's No. 1. in Rockdg9's The THE Challenge November 2008
I shall look forward to getting my teeth into this- I promise to speed up my reading for you!
The characters are all so sweet and friendly- i liked them all!
It was a very well written book that didnt shy away from the horrors of war, yet didnt dwell on it- it was dealt with in a very matter of fact way which made it seem all the more real. Its reawakend my desire to visit the channel isles again so watch ut Mr WW!
have pm'd Cross-Patch and am awaiting reply.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
If you are reading this then I have arrived safely!
Please do a journal entry-Thanks xx
This was popped in the post today to Cross-patch on the next leg of its merry little journey around the World!
Safe journey little booky wook. xx
#21 Release in the The challenge.
Thank you, ladies.
Going in the post at the lovely Tilton on the Hill Post Office this afternoon. I wonder how the snow is up there on the High Leicestershire hills?!.
Can't wait to read this one!
Have PMd JudeK
Will send to JudeK asap.
Posted off to JudeK this morning.
I have another book to finish first, but then it’s time to open this one. Can’t wait...
21st February 2009
This book urged me to write a letter. Did it do the same to you? It also made me want to receive one. — Wouldn’t any of you like to write me? Please?
I liked this book very much. But I must admit that before I started to read it, I was afraid. I had read so many praising reviews, including the journal entries by the previous readers of this copy. My expectations were so high that I feared I might be disappointed. And to tell you the truth, I was — at first. Those letters in the book reminded me so much of one of my all time favourites; 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. I did like the letters, though, particularly the ones written by the islanders. Finally, my disappointment faded totally away on Guernsey, in the latter part of the book.
I like the way Mary Ann Schaffer writes; it’s entertaining, funny and yet informative at the same time. It was interesting to read about the Occupation. And the characters are fantastic, I love them all. (Adelaide Addison is one of my absolute favourites, along with Isola, of course.)
I was especially intrigued when reading about Guernsey children who were sent to be safe in England. It reminded me of the discussion here in Finland during the last 10 years or so. Finns have been discussing so called war children, 80.000 Finnish children who were sent to Sweden, Denmark, or Norway during the Winter War (1939—40) and the Continuation War (1941—44). The Finnish point of view has been slightly different than that of Mary Ann Shaffer’s or Juliet’s. In her letter to Sidney, Juliet says, ’Of all the things that happened during the war, sending the children away to try to keep them safe was surely the most terrible. I don’t know how the parents endured it.’ She’s right, of course. But she never even wonders how the kids felt. That’s what we’ve been discussing here. Many — maybe even most — war children seem to be quite bitter. They felt they were abandoned by their mothers (their fathers weren’t at home then, they were soldiers at war). In a way their situation may have been even worse than that of Guernsey children because most of them didn’t know the language spoken in their new country. And if they were so young they couldn’t read and write, they didn’t hear from their mothers. (Mothers usually didn’t know any Swedish, and that puts them in the same position than parents on Guernsey; they couldn’t contact their children or the people the kids were staying with.) Eventually, those kids learned Swedish (or Danish or Norwegian). Unfortunately, they forgot they mother tongue at the same time. And when they returned home, they didn’t have common language with their parents. No wonder they’re bitter.
Some small nitpicks came to my mind while reading but, unfortunately, I don’t remember them anymore. I guess they were about some historical facts, atmosphere, how people acted in 1940s, or something like that. There was something very American in the way this novel was written. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing — but since Juliet and almost all the other characters are British... On the other hand, I admit I admire Mary Ann Shaffer: She was really brave to write a British novel.
As it comes to the love story, I find the plot a bit too predictable. However, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (I love the title, btw) is easy-read, a real page-turner, and it was hard to put the book down. But it was thought-provoking, too. That’s a rare combination. The only thing I really missed was the recipe for potato peel pie. :)
It’s a fairy tale for grown-ups. Not the greatest book on earth, but lovely. Absolutely lovely.
If you haven’t already read this book, I strongly recommend you do it ASAP.
I thank the-pilots-wife for registering this copy and house-elfdobby for setting up this bookring. My reading experience was truly enjoyable. Thank you!
P.S. I’ve got Icila’s address and will send the book on early next week.
P.P.S. Took the book to post office today, 23rd February. However, it won’t leave until tomorrow. Estimated travelling time for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is 3—4 working days. The Society should arrive France by Monday next week. — This book is my 16th release in guinaveve’s Keep Them Moving Challenge this year; 2009 KTMC #16.
Thanks Tarna, mail from Finland : it's great.
I very enjoyed the story with its happy and sad moments on that small island. I wasn't aware of the particular history of Guernesey during the WWII.
The author died a year ago.
I already have amidabutsu's address and will be sending her the book today.
Thanks again for sharing house-elfdobby:o)
thanks for sending it!
a nice and quick read.
9th June 2009
Dear Readers of This Book,
Tarna was quite right. Guernsey, being an epistolary novel--lovely word, epistolary, meaning told in a series of letters or other documents--inspires me to write my journal entry as a letter. I didn't know what to expect when I signed up for this bookring. Like others, I was intrigued by the title, and from the title, I expected a different sort of novel.
I enjoyed the book, although it took me a while to "get into" it. At first, it seemed too quaint or charming. But once Juliet--and through her, the reader--got to know the people of Guernsey, the book truly held my interest. I really had never given any thought to the experiences of Channel Islanders during the German Occupation. I'm glad I had the chance to learn something.
I'm sure that there were many men like Mark Reynolds in the 1940s, and not all of them American. However, he's the only American character, and he's absolutely insufferable. He's so stereotypical, but then, on further examination, I suppose some other characters could said to be cast from stereotypes...hmm?
I'll conclude now. Thank you, the-pilots-wife and house-elfdobby, for making it possible for me to read this book. I hope to visit Guernsey someday now that Mary Ann Shaffer has made me love it. I've contacted deadsteen and will be sending this book along soon.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
I mailed this book today!
It is a very fast read. I have sent a pm to the next person in the ring to keep it moving.
Thanks to everyone for making this bookring successful, I love reading your JE's and I know the-pilots-wife does too, even if she is a bit of a 'sleeping bookcrosser'. Looking forward to reading what everyone else thinks, best wishes for a happy weekend xxx
I already have Ilios's address and will mail this out tomorrow. Thank you the-pilots-wife for sharing your copy and house-elfdobby for starting this ring and for including the beautiful postcard. The pub pictured looks like a great spot to sit and enjoy Kegworth while having a pint!
PS-Am I the only person who didn't know who Charles Lamb was??
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Mailed yesterday to Ilios in Tampa, Florida.
Thank you so much for sharing this. I am contacting the next BXer right away.
This book has been read and is ready for travel.
Thanks for sharing your book house-elfdobby!
Just wanted to say thank you to all the readers so far for keeping this lovely book going - I've really enjoyed reading your journal entries on it and I'm sure the-pilots-wife has too. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a great 2010!
I contacted lucy-lemon but she informed me that she had already read this book and to skip over her. Now I have Cinderess's address and will send "Potato Peel" off to her this week. Thanks so much for sharing your book house-elfdobby!
I dropped the book off at the post office this afternoon. So, it's on its way to the next reader. Enjoy the book and the little surprise inside. Happy Reading!
I have a bookmark (not sure whether it contains seeds in the paper?) Also a book plate and the orginal postcard which was sent out with the book in 2008. I'm rather envious as two of my bookrings have gone MIA!
I'd heard of Charles lamb but could not have told you any details about him. I've looked him up now though and it seems that the mad sister who stabbed their mother existed, as did Lamb's Essays of Elia (about which the character Dawsey writes to Juliet.)
I can't find any reference to an Izzy Bickerstaff who wrote for the Spectator (well, you never know!)
The only parts of the British Isles to be captured by the Germans during WW2 were the the Channel islands. I am interested to read that 'According to the official website of the British Monarchy, they are British Crown dependencies, but neither is part of the United Kingdom' perhaps this partly explains why the occupation is not widely referred to.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
TY for sharing this delightful book with us all.
Loved to hear all your comments, they were brilliant.
So glad that my best friend made it into a book ring ,and that you all got to share it.
Here's to the next one.
released to chocdrop as its on her wish list
Thank you so much the-pilots-wife for sending me this wishlist book - you've made my day!
"Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true." I love this quote so much - it seems to fit Bookcrossing perfectly. We send books on their travels hoping that they will be found by someone who appreciates them.
Once again, thank you to the-pilots-wife for surprising me with this RABCK. I'm going to see if a friend would like to read it. I will then scour the wishlists and see if I can find a perfect reader for this lovely book.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Posted to lilac-lovely as a surprise RABCK. I hope she enjoys it as much as its previous readers.
Would like to thank house-elfdobby and Chocdrop for organising such a lovely surprise.
Thank you ALL for taking part and taking such good care of it.
I have plans for this at next week's UnCon in Nottingham.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Even if this isn't your kind of book and you don't intend to read it I'd appreciate it if you would make a journal entry of some sort. Maybe you could say where you found it (they don't always stay where they were originally left!) or what you think of the idea of travelling books.
Then, leave it for someone else to find. And don't forget, if you make release notes (to say where you've left it, and when) next time it's journalled you'll hear from it too! If you decide to join please say that house-elfdobby sent you - many thanks and happy Bookcrossing!
Taking this one along to the 2011 Nottingham UnCon to find it a new home with Pookledo.