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go and buy The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society right away, it's fab!

(13 Posts)
deaconblue Tue 20-Oct-09 20:45:24

have just finished it and it was a joy to read, such interesting and witty characters.

VictoriousSponge Tue 20-Oct-09 20:46:15

then 19th wife

american wife and
then finest kind of englishwomanhood

VictoriousSponge Tue 20-Oct-09 20:46:25

oi freak i phoned oyu today

deaconblue Tue 20-Oct-09 20:48:01

oh hello you. when did you ring? no answer phone message. will get finest kind etc as am out of books now. Will have to read How to Talk again tonight

Lilymaid Tue 20-Oct-09 20:48:50

I thought it was superficial and the characters were wooden - but then that's just my opinion so I have recommended it to my reading group who are bound to disagree with me.

deaconblue Tue 20-Oct-09 20:53:24

oh no, really. What about Elizabeth? I loved the funny crazy characters like Isola with her plans for odd careers too.

pointyhat Tue 20-Oct-09 20:55:29

teh title is putting me off.

snigger Tue 20-Oct-09 21:02:03

Never mind read it, I may join it. It sounds unhinged.

Hoppity Tue 20-Oct-09 22:03:20

Hated it. Book circle chose it and once again, I was in a minority of one hating the book whilst the rest raved.
I thought it was:
- unbelievable
- badly researched
- badly written
- full of clichés
- ending was predictable

sorry

pollywobbledoodle Tue 20-Oct-09 22:18:52

wasn't taxing but an engaging read, never really thought about guernsey in ww2 before....kept imagining the journalist as a joyce grenfell type

Pogleswood Wed 21-Oct-09 19:42:34

My sister loved it and sent me a copy,I liked it enough to finish it but would still agree with all Hoppity's points! It really didn't ring true to me,and I was increasingly irritated by the names,which seemed entirely wrong for WW2 Guernsey,though fine for the USA.Maybe I'm in the wrong there though - does anyone know?
I did quite like the London characters,Juliet and her publisher.

Tombliboobs Wed 21-Oct-09 19:46:25

There was a thread a while ago about random book name generators, the title sounds like it came from that thread grin

Thanks for the tip though, have read some utter rubbish recently and need something to catch my interest again.

mellifluouscauliflower Wed 21-Oct-09 22:41:30

I really quite enjoyed it but Hoppity is right: it is a bit lightweight.

It wasn't particularly well written and many of the characters were a bit 2 dimensional. The plot was very simple and you might find the sentimentality a bit cloying if you had your clever head on.

But on the positive side is an easy read, Juliet is a pleasant & amusing narrator. I really fancied going on holiday to Guernsey after reading which must mean that was well portrayed.

And I always think it would be very dull if every book was Crime and Punishment.

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