I read this book because it is the selection for the book club at my church. It is not the usual genre I would read, but I did truly enjoy this story.The book is very different in that the entire story is told through the correspondence of letters
..."of letters or telegram.
The setting is England, 1946 and Juliet Ashton is a British journalist who has lost everything (including her book collection) and is looking to start anew. She receives a letter from a resident from the island of Guernsey that has a second-hand book that has her name and address written in it. The correspondence with the many islanders of Guernsey begins with members of the literary society writing about the books they enjoy and why. However, Juliet begins to want to meet the people she's corresponding with and has an idea that she could write a book about these people. She decides to go to the island to interview them and becomes involved in her new friends lives.
It was a bit confusing at first getting to know all the characters in the book and keeping who was who straight through the correspondence of the letters. Also, sometimes the way the letters were written the tone fell flat for me and a lot of the characters started to blend together. Maybe this shows that it is difficult to develop a character's personality just through letters? It was definitely a different kind of book and one that book lovers may enjoy. Below are a few of my favorite quotes from the book.
"I would like to write a book, but I am having trouble thinking of a subject I could live happily with for several years." ---Juliet Ashton before she knows what she's going to write about
"Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books." -quote from Isola Pribby
"I did not want to spend my time reading about people who never were, doing things they never did." -quote from Clovis Fossey, one of the book club members and why he didn't initially want to be a part of the society. This quote reminds me of my husband and how he justifies not reading books!
" 'Women like poetry. A soft word in their ears and they melt a grease spot on the grass.' That's no way to talk about a lady, and I knew right then he didn't want the Widow Hubert for her own self, the way I did. He wanted only her grazing land for his cows. So I thought, if it's rhymes the Widow Hubert wants, I will find me some." -quote from Clovis Fossey on how he started reading poetry, started going to the society meetings and discovered the works of Wadsworth.Continua...Nascondi
"Perhaps there is some sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true""Thats what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in abook, and that will lead you onto another
..."other 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" "Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books"
Rientra nella mi categoria di "Libro ruffiano": i libri ruffiani sono quelli che parlano della lettura: per i lettori è un'esca irresistibile!Continua...Nascondi
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2 anni faSono incuriosita da questo romanzo. E' tanto che non leggo un libro in lingua. Chissà che non ricominci con questo.
That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you on to another book, and another bit there will lead you on to a third book. It's geometrically progressive - all with no end in sight,
... and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.Continua...Nascondi
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. Continua...Nascondi
That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and a tiny thing will lead you on to another book, and another bit there will lead you on to a third book. It's geometrically progressive - all with no end in sight, and
... for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.Continua...Nascondi
*I favor stark facts.*He's all charm and oil, and he gets what he wants.*Their motto is get even - be quiet, be patient, and wait for the day of vengeance to come.*"Dinner one evening before you go?" "Say when."*Dinner must be my treat.*He was
...must be my treat. *He was nowhere in evidence. *I can't think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can't talk to, or worse, someone I can't be silent with. *You pick the evening - I'm entirely at your disposal. *I was awfully insulted to be so transparent. *Before I knew it, I was basking in his attention, utterly charmed. *I could spy all the telltale signs of romance - him murmuring little nothings in her ear... *He was an idiot who thought he was a poet. *I suppose I do have a suitor, but I'm not really used to him yet. He's terribly charming and he plies me with delicious meals, but I sometimes think I prefer suitors in books rather than right in front of me. How awful, backward, cowardly, and mentally warped that will be if it turns out to be true. *People notice him. He doesn't try to make them - they can't help it. *Please drop everything you are doing and write to me at once.Continua...Nascondi