The guernsey literary and potato peel pie society book
Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer - TelegraphT he zany title of Mary Ann Shaffer's first and, alas, last novel derives from an invented book club on the island of Guernsey in the second world war. The club is invented by the resourceful character Elizabeth McKenna, who, bumping into a German patrol after curfew with a crowd of revellers, makes the society up on the spot. In reality, the tipsy party had been consuming forbidden roast pig at Amelia Maugery's. This is less a historical novel than a bibliophilic jeu d'esprit by an ex-librarian and bookseller, posthumously published, and completed by her niece Annie Barrows. A novel in letters about books, bibliophiles, publishers, authors and readers, it centres on an imagined post-occupation Guernsey.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
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A war-ravaged Britain is emerging from the Second World War. Fate, however, finds its way, as the chance find by a Guernsey native of a book belonging to Juliet opens a surprising door. Soon, what began as a writerly search for inspiration will result in changes she could never anticipate. Set against a background of both physical and psychological recovery from the monstrosity of war, Shaffer ekes out a gentle but still penetrative comedy of manners, where the exchange of letters between two bibliophiles gradually draws together two different worlds. Simultaneously, we learn of the deep and often terrible sacrifices made by a small island community that found themselves abandoned to the power of the Nazi war machine. I have been told that this tome is a great read. I could not get into it
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Mary Ann Shaffer's first and only novel opens in London in , and could scarcely, it seems, be more English. Yet its author was an American, a bibliophile from West Virginia who died earlier this year. She is at home with both the idiom of her characters and the epistolary form of her novel. It is sad to think that this is her sole published work. She had been encouraged to write by members of her book club and, in her late sixties, took the plunge. Having visited Guernsey in , Shaffer became fascinated by the wartime occupation of the Channel Islands, and during the course of her research - woven unobtrusively into the the book - she heard tales of terrible cruelty and great courage.
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