I have a strange fascination towards epistolary novels. I feel the letter format always keeps me hooked until I finish it. With each new letter there is always a new revelation about the main storyline as well as the characters. Well this is one of the main reason I took up ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ not to forget the strange title.
What I love about ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ is that this book is about books, book clubs and book lovers. The characters here talk a lot about their favorite authors and fictional characters like Brontë sisters, Jane Austen, Mr.Rochester, Miss Marple and a lot more with whom they are obsessed with(and whom I discovered here). Which really made me connect to some of the characters immediately, it was as if I were a part of their discussion.
Apart from that the story also focuses on the conquest of Germany in Guernsey during world war II and how people suffered during that time. Having said that this is not at all a heartbreaking story it also has a feel good and witty touch to it which makes the book an interesting read. I really loved characters like Juliet, Sidney, Dawsey, Isola, but rest I can’t remember properly! Well, that is where my 3.5 rating comes from. There were too many just too many characters to remember and with each of their correspondence a new story used to begin which really gave me hard time to link the sub-story with the main one. It was as if the author wanted to tell too many stories at once in one book. Hence, I had to concentrate more on the main storyline and focus more on main characters ignoring the rest, guiltily.
However, that is the only complain I have about this book which surly should not be the reason for anyone to ignore this book.
“That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive - all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.”