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The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

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Post by Ash » Sat December 11th, 2010, 6:59 pm

[quote=""Michy""]However, I felt that towards the end, the book fell apart somewhat. That is, some of the scenes were ludicrous and made the characters seem not just quirky (as they had all along) but downright ridiculous. I wish some of those parts had been written in a different way, and some left out entirely. But I haven't run across anyone else who felt that way, so I'm obviously in a minority...[/quote]

I also noticed how different the two sections were, and had my quibbles at the end, but all in all enjoyed it. This book had two authors; the original writer died when the book was almost completed. Her neice completed it and had it published. I don't know who wrote what parts, or what parts the neice changed, but I suspect that does explain the differences

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Post by rockygirl » Sun December 12th, 2010, 4:32 am

[quote=""Ash""]I also noticed how different the two sections were, and had my quibbles at the end, but all in all enjoyed it. This book had two authors; the original writer died when the book was almost completed. Her neice completed it and had it published. I don't know who wrote what parts, or what parts the neice changed, but I suspect that does explain the differences[/quote]

I didn't realize this fact. It does explain the very tidied up plots at the end.

I loved the rest of the book.

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Post by tsjmom » Sun December 12th, 2010, 7:09 pm

I loved this book. It's very heartwarming, the characters are quirky, and the writing style is unique.

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Post by SCW » Mon December 13th, 2010, 8:05 am

I just lent this to a friends whose relatives lived on Jersey during the occupation, apparently there was no electricity or gas on the island after D-Day. And they had to share their house with German Officers!

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Re: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Post by Rowan » Mon April 30th, 2018, 2:36 am

10 years after the last post about this amazing book and I'm just here to confess that I just now read it because I thought it was something entirely different. I happened to see the trailer for the film and my first reaction was, "Oh." I immediately went out and bought it and devoured it soon after.

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Re: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon April 30th, 2018, 3:36 am

I, too was put off by the odd title. But after enough people whose tastes I knew I shared said it was good, I read it. A great read!

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Re: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Post by Madeleine » Mon April 30th, 2018, 12:56 pm

Still have it somewhere on a tbr mountain :oops:
Currently reading "In the Woods" by Tana French & "The Winter Crown" by Elizabeth Chadwick

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Post by Vanessa » Tue May 1st, 2018, 3:18 pm

It's a lovely story. Looking forward to the film.
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Re: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Post by Ludmilla » Sun August 12th, 2018, 11:07 pm

I just watched the Netflix movie and greatly enjoyed it. Pared down to a two hour movie, but they captured everything that mattered and some things were nicely understated.

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