Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Please Get Me a Reservation for Guernsey Now

If I'd read any reviews I would have been warned, but I didn't. I read the letter that accompanied "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" and thought this looks really good. I never expected that tears would be running down my face on all manners of public transportation. I started crying on the #1 subway, continued on the Path Train to New Jersey and got in some more tears on the #M7 bus yesterday afternoon. I finished the book on the #1 coming home tonight. I don't think I've cried for any printed matter since reading "Portraits of Grief" in the New York Times in fall of 2001. Then I sobbed daily well into October.

If you enjoy reading fiction I recommend this book immediately. Please get a copy now. I read a book I like about once a month, but I rarely read a book I love and I love this book. I want to hop on a plane to Guernsey, and as someone who went to Prince Edward Island to see where my beloved Anne lived, I know Guernsey is now definitely on my travel list.

I was emoting in the office this afternoon and a colleague asked me what was the book about. It's about England and the Channel Islands, during and after WWII, and people who lived there. It's also about the most engaging characters I've come across in a long time of reading.

Would love to know your favorite books, dear gentle readers. Always looking for book recommendations.

Happy reading and a sweet good night!


Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Okay Buttercup, this may shock you, and possibly bring you to tears since you seem inclined that way, but I do NOT want to read things that make me cry!!! Wah! But I understand that the isle of Guernsey is very lovely and sort of a vacation spot for Britons.

newhousenewjob said...

My husband just finished reading that - I didn't see him cry, though! He lived on Jersey (the neighbouring island) for a few years, so was able to identify with quite a lot of it.

While you're reading about stuff this side of the pond, have you read 'London The Novel' by Edward Rutherfurd? The best recommendation I can give it is that I gave a copy to a friend a few years ago, and some time later she gave me a copy, saying "Someone recommended it to me and I loved it so much that I knew you'd enjoy it too"!

Buttercup said...

Penni, Actually tears are not necessary for me to enjoy a book -- go ahead flail me. May go and peruse the excellent list of books on your blog for good reading ideas.

Newhouse, thanks for visiting. I have read 'London,'and 'Sarum' and 'The Princes of Ireland'and have 'The Rebels of Ireland' on my night stand, waiting to begin it. I like Edward Rutherford's books very much, but they're too heavy to carry with me going to work. I seem to read the most on the train on the way to and from work.

Chatty Crone said...

Thanks for stopping by my Blog. We have a lot in common. Wanting to stay positive in a mixed up world, pugs, and allergies! What a mix (lol).

k and c's mom said...

I tend to read authors: everything by Elizabeth Berg, Patricia Gaffney, Adriana Trigiani, Maeve Binchy, Jan Karon (of course). I have 'Guernsey" on my list now!