Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Authors: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Originally Published: 2008
Length: 274 pages
Personal Enjoyment Factor: 4/5
Amazon.com Rating: 4.5/5 (428 Customer Reviews)

Since I'm crunched for time and a lot of readers have either read this one or have already decided they want to read it due to the great reviews floating around the blogosphere, I decided to do a seven-word review (it's been a while!). I'm amused that this review has less words than the title of the book!!

Germans occupy Guernsey, books and bravery fortify.

And a favorite quote:

In a letter from Eben Ramsey, who had discovered Shakespeare due to the Society:

"Do you know what sentence of his I admire the most? It is 'The bright day is done, and we are for the dark.'
I wish I'd known those words on the day I watched those German troops land. . . All I could think of was damn them, damn them, over and over. If I could have thought the words 'the bright day is done and we are for the dark,' I'd have been consoled somehow and ready to go out and contend with circumstance--instead of my heart sinking to my shoes."

Incomplete notes here.

Prude-ometer (subjective content assessment): If it were a movie, it would be PG - Brief mild language, mention of brothel, brief concentration camp violence.


  1. I love the idea of a seven word review! Haven't read this yet but I've heard so much about it. Still wondering whether I should add it to my to-read list or not...

  2. That 7 word review is perfect! I don't know how you do it. That quote reminds me why I liked this book so much.

  3. I haven't had the chance to read this one but am planning on getting to it eventually. I love you reviews when you do things like this :)

  4. Your seven word review has me clutching my sides in laughter. (Crap, that was more than seven words. How do you do it???)

    Thanks for the chuckle!

    How's this? A seven word response...

    Sister loved this book too, gotta read.

  5. Love your 7 word review. Don't think I can do that but would love to. Maybe I'll try someday...
    I've read this book twice already. Really enjoyed it. The second time was for a book club.

  6. I'll have to read this one. . .I've heard great things about it!

  7. What a creative review! I know I'm really late with this one, but I've posted it here.

    Diary of an Eccentric