Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke


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Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Best of the Summer!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Literature

I often get asked about the best book I've read lately, this summer, this year--this book fits all those categories!  I absolutely loved it.  It captured me from the very first page and never let me go.

The entire book is written in the format of a series of letters (how very Jane Austen!) but was written about the World War II time period.  Juliet is a writer who is looking for her next subject when she receives a random letter in the mail from a man in Guernsey who found one of her books.  He asks her for a simple favor and a long correspondence springs up between them.  Juliet is smitten with the story of the German occupation of this small island and the delightful people who endured through the war.

The books was so charming, so witty, so packed with the full range of what makes humanity so utterly delightful.  The sense of humor and warmth of the authors was woven into a masterful writing style and a beautifully crafted story that made for an incredible read!

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