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Tuesday Book Club

This is the discussion post for the Tuesday Book Club’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Please feel free to add your impressions and thoughts in the comments section.

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6 thoughts on “Tuesday Book Club

  1. When I first obtained and scanned this book only 4 days before the meeting! I groaned…. oh … letter form! How I agonised with my imposed limitations however Bookclub is a commitment whispered in my ear and so I set about to get through it with an open mind. I have to say I was somewhat seduced by the caption on the cover that seemed to promise “feeling good” And despite not achieving anything like it until the last 100 pages – I finished with a wonderful “feeling good”. Although a light read the experiences of everyday folk on a day to day basis managing such huge changes to their lives as a result of German occupation was quite profound as too the support and camaraderie developed as a result of such dire conditions – all in all hilarious, sad, interesting archetypal characters and a glimpse into the effects on people and their community that one does not get from history books!

  2. Our first Tuesday Book Club meeting and discussion on our book “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” our 8 ladies all enjoyed the book we thought it was well written and the story seemed factual and the way the people of the island formed a support group for each other is something that most people do in hard times. Book was enjoyed by all.

  3. I read this book a few months ago and LOVED it. My mother’s family all came from Jersey and my sister and I are going there in May to look up old family haunts. We were both inspired by this book to look at the WW2 history as well while we are there

  4. Honestly, I found this book too honey coated, a bit like a Mills and Boone read, and naive in places. Everybody was eccentric – the characters seemed to meld into one after a while – too much, and the ending, really?

  5. I loved this book from start to finish. I would recommend it to anyone; it was like peeling an onion, with layers of learning about the horrors of war, people’s foibles and its impact on survivors.

  6. The majority of our group loved this book with the general consensus being once they started it was a compelling read and hard to put down. Discussion point’s centred on its style of writing (a series of letters), the characters and its portrayal of war realities.
    Rating: 4 stars

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