Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Allow me to do a 180 on Guernsey

I finished it this morning, and here’s the verdict:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is a book you want to unwrap on Christmas morning, then go eat your iced butter cookies in the shapes of Santa and his reindeer for breakfast, then bring your cup of cocoa into the living room in front of the fire and settle in for an all-afternoon read. 

Once the story shifted to the islanders and away from the cheesy-obvious love story, an actual fictional world got created and peopled with quirky and admirable characters that felt like friends after a time. 

Definitely a fine read for a rainy day too: humor + a predictable plot = comfort.  History + pathos = satisfaction of a sort.

This book won’t rock your world, but it’s still worth reading.

Actions for today: 
·         Resolve not to judge a book by its cheesy title (the whole Potato Peel Pie part was entirely too cutesy and in fact just tacked on – to connote accessibility for ladies who won’t read something that seems too intellectual, no doubt), and
·         Write 10 times in my journal:  "If someone of good taste recommends a book, go ahead and read the whole thing before you judge it."
·         Call Mom and thank her!


p.s. Check out my blogs of 11/6  and 11/8  to see how much - and why - I disliked this book at first...

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