The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

This is one of those extremely rare times when I say the movie is better than the book. For me, the book was a bit boring. It’s written in a letter format, which at times, can be confusing, since the letters are written by multiple to other people. Had this novel been written in a normal format, it would have been much better.

Summary:

Juliet Ashton is a writer who has written one national bestseller, Izzy Bickerstaff Goes to War. After that, Juliet has a bad case of writers block. Desperately waiting for inspiration to strike, she receives a letter from a man named Dawsey Adams. Dawsey is pig farmer on the island of Guernsey. He writes to Juliet about what happened to the island during WWII. Juliet finds the inspiration for her next book in the letters from Dawsey and his friends who formed a group called the Potato Peel Pie Society during the Occupation. The formation of this group was a rouse. Dawsey and his friends were out after curfew and were caught by German soldiers. They told the soldiers they were a reading group so they wouldn’t get into trouble.

My Review:

Juliet is my favorite character. She does what she loves for a living, and I feel that is an inspiration to a lot of people. She is also bold and courageous; when she doesn’t feel something is right, she will speak up and give her opinion. This is an important trait for her, especially as a writer.

Dawsey is like the 1940’s Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. He’s handsome, shy, a little aloof. However, underneath all of that, he has a heart of gold and genuinely cares for his friends and the other people on the island. After the death of his friend, Elizabeth, Dawsey decides to raise her daughter, Kit.

Recommend/ Not recommend:

Overall, I enjoyed the plot line of the story. However, I don’t like the letter format in which it was written. For me, the movie version was more enjoyable.

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