19 November 2009

The Potato Peel book

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Random House Reader's Circle)
I finally got around to reading The Guernsey Literary...Potato Peel... book. And honestly, I thought the book was a lot like the title. Charming, even cute, but really not much there. Yes, it was fun to read, and yes, I learned a little about the German occupation of the Channel Islands. The characters were lovely. The setting was beautiful. The book was quick to read. But I can't say there was much that would stay with you, and the whole thing was rather predictable. I didn't really expect anything different though, and it certainly wasn't a waste of time. I just hope none of my book groups choose it, although it's exactly the sort of book a lot of groups would choose.

Suite Francaise and 84, Charing Cross Road are both more worthwhile, on similar topics.


  1. Harsh. But... accurate. (Though, honestly, it made for some decent discussion at my in-person book group.)

    And you're right: the other two books are much, much better.

  2. I liked the book talk int he first half. I thought it shifted tone in the second half and became waaaaay too predictable like you say.

    I wouldn't mind book group-ing it, but definitely not a favorite of mine.