Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Guernsey Literary & ...

So our newly formed book club read "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows and got together last night to discuss -

ground rules -
you don't have to read the book though we'd prefer it (smirk)
you are NOT allowed to discuss your children
you are NOT allowed to discuss preschool business as 2 board members and several parents attend and we get sucked into our same patterns
and who knows what else

there was much discussion on the romance, Mark vs Dawsey and whether Dawsey was a believable chose or Kit for that matter... we mostly agreed it seemed unlikely. We did like the history of Guernsey and the people and the descriptions of occupation during WWII and sending children off and starvation and of course the hiding of the pig... I found the history most fascinating and liked most of the interplay between characters - I do find the likelihood of a London Society Writer hanging out on a fishing Island a bit difficult - maybe for a year...

This for me was the gem of the book "If she marries him, she'll spend the rest of her life being shown to people at theaters and clubs and weekends and she'll never write another book."

that and the fabulous description of a British ship landing with "not a platoon of uniformed soldiers, but one lone man, got up in a caricature of English gent in striped trousers, a morning coat, top hat, furled umbrella, and a copy of yesterday's TIMES clasped in his hand. THere was a split-second of silence before the joke sank in, and then the crowd roared-"

My friend Gaye it turns out is a meticulous housekeeper, excellent cook and generous hostess. We had homemade chili, homemade corn bread, cheese cake, wine and coffee. How fabulous!!

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